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Forest Preserves & Phase 4

With Illinois in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, almost all of the Cook County Forest Preserves are open to play, outdoor recreation, and access to nature. You can click here to see if the site you're interested in is open.

Many bathrooms across the preserves are closed, and you can check here to see if the bathrooms at your preserve are open. If there are no open public restrooms at your site, time your visit accordingly.

When visiting the forest preserves please follow these guidelines:

Before you go

  • Do not visit if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.

  • Do not visit if you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

  • Look up the site you’d like to visit at to see if it has an available restroom or any restrictions for visitors.

  • Bring a cloth mask and hand sanitizer.

  • Bring your own food and water. Do not use drinking fountains or water pumps.

  • Wash your hands before you leave home.

In the preserves

  • Physically distance at least six feet from people who do not live in your household.

  • Cover any coughs and sneezes (preferably with a disposable tissue).

  • Use hand sanitizer if you touch surfaces like handrails.

  • Ride and walk single file.

  • Warn others when passing.

  • Step off the trail when necessary to keep social distancing.

When you leave

  • Help us by carrying any trash out with you, particularly your used tissues, food wrappers, masks, and gloves.

  • Wash your hands when you get home.

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