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Forest Preserve Picnic Permits Available At Dan Ryan Woods

 Picnic and event permits for the Forest Preserves of Cook County are now available at the visitor center in Dan Ryan Woods at 87th Street and Western Avenue in Beverly.
Picnic and event permits for the Forest Preserves of Cook County are now available at the visitor center in Dan Ryan Woods at 87th Street and Western Avenue in Beverly.
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Forest Preserves of Cook County

BEVERLY — Picnic and event permits for the Forest Preserves of Cook County are available at the visitor center in Dan Ryan Woods.

The forest preserve site at 87th Street and Western Avenue in Beverly is among the most popular spots for picnics, family reunions, church groups and other gatherings, according to county officials.

Permits will be sold from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdaysvand from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Labor Day (Sept. 4) in Beverly. Permits sold at Dan Ryan Woods must be bought with a credit card.

Those applying for permits must have a valid state identification card or driver's license.

Forest preserve users can also apply for permits at the main office at 536 N. Harlem Ave. in suburban River Forest or permits can be obtained online.

The Dan Ryan Woods offers 16 picnic groves, a 120-guest pavilion, a sledding hill and more. Hikers, bikers and walkers can also travel the nearly mile-long loop trail and gain access to the Major Taylor Trail.

For questions or help with the permit process, call 800-870-3666.