Park Permit Lottery


Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 9 am
Check-in Time: 8:30 am-8:45 am  (Bring State ID)
Park Forest Village Hall
350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466


Lottery Procedure

The Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health will hold its Annual Parks Pavilion Permit Lottery on Saturday, February 1, 2020, beginning at 9 a.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. The event is held each year to allow members of the public the opportunity to secure their preferred Park Forest park pavilion at Central Park  and Logan Park .

Two separate lotteries will be held for Park Forest residents and non-Park Forest residents.  This lottery system is designed to allow Park Forest residents priority selection in what has become a popular lottery event, with an increasing number of non-Park Forest residents participating in the process. The Park Permit Lottery for Park Forest residents will begin at 9 a.m. The lottery for non-Park Forest residents will immediately follow the Park Forest resident lottery.

All members of the public (Park Forest residents and non-Park Forest residents) must be present by 9 a.m.  Please check-in between 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Those in attendance who are obtaining a park permit will beinvited to place their names in the appropriate permit lottery.  Please bring a State ID to verify residency. Names will be pulled for the Park Forest resident permit lottery first, and permits will be issued in the order names are selected. Names will be drawn for the non-Park Forest resident lottery second, and permits will be issued in the order names are selected.  Please note that individuals are restricted to one picnic date per person. Full payment is due at time of reserving a permit. No phone orders. 

2020 Rental Rates

Payment is due in full at the time of reserving Pavilions and Equipment.

Pavilion Rental  

Pavilions can be rented between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Quiet hours after 8:00 p.m.

Park Permits are for rain or shine. Park permit cancellations must be made two weeks prior to park permit date to be considered for a refund. A $10 refund processing fee will be charged. 

Central Park Pavilion 2016

Central Park Pavilion

There are two pavilions at Central Park (East and West) with eight tables in each pavilion, and electrical outlets. The East Pavilion has a kitchen room attached with a sink, stove and refrigerator.

Restrooms are located between the two pavilions. Two small grills are located by the West Pavilion. Central Park can accommodate small or large groups. Each pavilion at Central Park holds up to 99 people. 

*Groups over 99 people require renting both East and West pavilions.

Groups of 99 or less - East Pavilion with Kitchen - $20 per hour
Groups of 99 or less - West Pavilion - $15 per hour
*Groups of 100-199 - East & West Pavilion together - $35 per hour
*Groups of 200 or more - $50 per hour (Additional fees may apply)

Logan Park Pav


Logan Park Pavilion

 (Maximum Capacity 40 people)

Groups of 40 or less - $10 per hour

Logan Park is for groups of 40 or less. The pavilion includes four picnic tables, electrical outlets and one small grill. A public washroom building is located just a few feet from the pavilion. For an outing at  Logan Park, be sure to bring your bikes, roller blades, or walking shoes. The renowned Old Plank Road Trail passes through the center of Logan Park.

Somonauk Park Pavilion with Kitchen

Somonauk Pavilion will not be available to rent until completed. Proposed Somonauk Pavilion with kitchen. Coming late  Summer 2020.  The pavilion will include 8 tables, two small grills, electrical outlets and restrooms.

Temporary Liquor Permit

(Please allow a minimum of 10 business days prior to event for processing.)

A Temporary Liquor Permit is required for all park permits requesting to serve and/or consume alcohol in the parks. A Temporary Liquor Permit  application must be completed by the Park Permit holder and returned with a $5 non-refundable fee.  Once the Temporary Liquor permit application has been approved by the Village of Park Forest, the permit holder will be required to obtain a $1,000,000  liability policy through their insurance company. Please contact Recreation & Parks for more information.

Picnic Kit

For a $15 fee you can reserve a picnic kit (includes softball, bat, bases, bean bags, volleyball and net).


Super Cooker

Rent our super cooker when cooking for a crowd at our pavilions. Fee is $60 (includes delivery). No deliveries before 8:00 a.m.

Ballfield Rentals

Central Park ballfields A & B can be rented for $15 an hour with lights or $10 an hour with no lights. All other ballfields (no lights)
Central Park Fields C & D, Illinois, Indiana, Onarga, etc. are $10 an hour. Fields can be reserved no earlier than two weeks before the desired date. Contact Kevin Adams at  708-748-2005 for rental inquires for Withers Field for soccer or football.