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Special Events

ATTN: The Governor of Illinois has issued a Stay in Place order for all Illinois residents to help protect the public from the spread of Covid-19 disease. Additionally, the Oak Park Public Heath Department has prohibited all gatherings and private events of ten (10) or more persons through June 30. We are still accepting permit and rental applications however if restrictions are extended to the date of your event, it will be cancelled or postponed. If you have any question, please email or call 708.725.2000.


Special Event Permits

Groups wishing to special events within a park or groups that want to request certain activities that are not permissible under the Park District Code without special permission should apply for a Special Event Permit. Examples of activities requiring this type of permit include:

  • sales of any food or merchandise
  • distribution of food or merchadise samples
  • use of amplified sound
  • use of tents, stages, or other large equipment
  • use of electricity or water

Special Event Permits are only issued to organizations who are able to provide a certificate of insurance naming the Park District as additionally insured. Additional permits may also be required by the Village of Oak Park if the event extends into sidewalks, alleys, parkways, or streets or if food is cooked or served to the public.

Please Note: Government entities cannot be involved with preference of religious groups.  The district must remain neutral.  Additionally, religious services in our public parks impact park users.  As a result we do not approve permits for religious services/music in our parks.  As an alternative, groups can look to rent a facility for a private rental.

Please understand that any permitted parks will remain open to the public during the event and all permitted special events must be open for the public to attend.  Alcohol is not allowed in Park District of Oak Park parks, including during special events.  Because of the impact to park users and neighbors, the Park District does not generally permit event activities that duplicate services already offered by the Park District (such as outdoor concerts).

Application Requirements: Completed Special Event Permit Application & Application Fee ($25R/$50NR)

Permit Fee: Up to $150/day based on attendance & event activities; additional costs may be incurred for services such as garbage pick-up, electricity or water usage, stage or equipment usage, requests for services beyond normal operating schedule, or for events that are commercial in nature.


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