CHICAGO | People who want to have a picnic in a Cook County forest preserve this year can now buy the necessary permits online.
The Forest Preserves of Cook County began selling permits Thursday at its headquarters, 536 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest. They also are available online for the first time with a new permitting system called ActiveNet.
The online availability led to a 10 percent increase in permits sold on Thursday, opening day for sales, according to The Forest Preserves. The majority of the 993 permits sold were purchased online, due to the bad weather.
The website is www.fpdcc.com/permits and requires users to set up an account online.
Picnic permits are available online 24 hours a day and in person weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Picnic permits must be obtained for any groups of 25 people or more. The prices vary depending on the size of the groups and other factors.
The forest preserve says more than 1.1 million people attended more than 9,200 picnics last year.