People who want to have a picnic in a Cook County forest preserve this year can start buying the necessary permits.
Officials with the Forest Preserves of Cook County said the agency will start selling permits Thursday at its headquarters in River Forest. They'll also be available online for the first time with a new permitting system called ActiveNet.
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.
To reserve picnic groves in person and online, people must first set up an account online.