Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County was created on January 15, 1831 and named after Daniel P. Cook, Member of Congress and the first Attorney from the State of Illinois.
   
     
     
     



Celebration of 100 Events Marks the Centennial Anniversary

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Special to suffredin.org
by LAMBRINI LUKIDIS

 

 

September 17, 2015

Celebration of 100 Events Marks the Centennial Anniversary

of the Forest Preserves of Cook County

The public is invited to a week-long, County-wide extravaganza marking a once-in-a-lifetime milestone of the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC). “100 Years / 100 Events” begins Sunday September 20 and runs through September 27. All that can be enjoyed within the Forest Preserves of Cook County can be experienced during this celebration, which is being hosted at various forest preserves sites featuring more than 100 events and activities for all ages, groups and interests.

“This is an extraordinary moment in the history of the preserves,” said Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. “There is no better way to celebrate than with an open invitation to all residents and non-residents of Cook County to come out and connect with nature and one another. The preserves are an extraordinary asset to us all. From forest woodlands to wetlands and prairies, our 69,000 acres are a natural treasure to be protected and enjoyed. I invite everyone to come out at least once, or even several times this week, and join in the fun.”

President Preckwinkle will kick off the week of festivities at the Art In Nature Event at the Crab Tree Nature Center in Barrington Hills, followed by dozens of events throughout the week culminating in the “100 Years / 100 Events” finale with the County’s Largest Tree Hug at Caldwell Woods on Chicago’s northwest side.

“This is an exciting time at the FPCC,” said Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. “ ‘100 Years / 100 Events’ is a way to get residents involved in all we have to offer while helping us celebrate the amazing gift our visionary leaders established for us a century ago.”

Most of what can be experienced as part of the celebration are organized events hosted by forest preserve staff as well as nearly 65 partner agencies. Activities include archery, nature hikes, birding, fishing derby, guided equestrian rides, group night bike rides, treasure hunts, an REI Run series, fossil hunts, camping and many other exciting and educational offerings.

Volunteer groups that work with the forest preserves year-round are also hosting restoration workshops as ways to engage with new people about the mission of the preserves, which is restoring areas to their natural states. Stewardship activities include seed collecting, brush and bush cutting, and burning.

Events are organized by geographic zones in the North, Northwest, Central, South and Southwest regions of Cook County. Multiple Activity Hubs with on-site staff who can also be reached by phone, will be manning information booths within each zone September 26-27:

Activity Hub Locations:

CENTRAL ZONE (224) 501-6633

·Trailside Museum, River Forest

·Thatcher Woods, River Forest

·Portage Woods, Lyons

·Miller Meadow South, Forest Park

NORTH ZONE (312) 415-2970

·River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook

·Camp Dan Beard, Northbrook

·Caldwell Woods, Chicago

NORTHWEST ZONE (224) 501-6632

·Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills

·Busse Woods, Groves #4 & #25, Elk Grove Village

·Camp Reinberg, Palatine

SOUTH ZONE (312) 533-5751

·Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland

·Camp Shabbona Woods, South Holland

·Kickapoo Woods, Riverdale

·Dan Ryan Woods, Chicago

·Eggers Woods, Chicago

SOUTHWEST ZONE (224) 501-6631

·Little Red School House Nature Center, Willow Springs

·Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont

·Camp Bullfrog Lake, Willow Springs

·Camp Sullivan, Oak Forest


A complete listing of events as well as a descriptions and exact locations can be viewed and downloaded at www.fpdcc.com/100events. Printed event guides are also available at local city and village offices throughout the county, as well as the Forest Preserves of Cook County Headquarters located at 536 N. Harlem Avenue in River Forest.

While many residents are just a short car ride from many of the forest preserve locations, special FREE buses will travel within each zone to make it easier to attend events. The Nature Express! Bus, supported by the Forest Preserve Foundation, will operate September 26-27 and will make various stops within each zone:

Nature Express! Locations & Routes:

Saturday Schedule (Sept. 26)

·CENTRAL ZONE ROUTE (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) stops at Thatcher Pavilion, Miller Meadow South, Portage Historical Site, Trailside Museum & Zoo Woods.

·NORTH ZONE ROUTE (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) stops at Erickson Woods, Chicago Botanic Garden, Camp Dan Beard, River Trail Nature Center & Somme Woods (1-3 p.m.)

·NORTHWEST ZONE ROUTE (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) stops at Crabtree Nature Center, Camp Reinberg & Deer Grove East.

·BUSSE WOODS ROUTE (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) between Groves #4 & #25

·SOUTH ZONE ROUTE (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.) stops at Camp Bullfrog Lake, Sagauwa Environmental Learning Center, Papoose Lake (9 a.m. – 3 p.m. only), Morrill Meadow (10 a.m. – 2 p.m. only), Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center.

Sunday Schedule (Sept. 27)

·SOUTH ZONE ROUTE (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Sand Ridge Nature Center/Camp Shabbona Woods, Eggers Woods.

·NORTH ZONE ROUTE (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Camp Dan Beard, River Trail Nature Center

The Nature Express! can also be taken to the “100 Years / 100 Events” Finale. The FPCC is hoping to count as many people as possible in the County’s Largest Tree Hug. Free transportation to Caldwell Woods will leave from the following locations at 2 p.m., Sunday September 27 and will be returning at 6 p.m. On-line registration is required for this event only.

·Thatcher Woodshttps://927natureexpressthatcher.eventbrite.com

·Crabtree Nature Centerhttps://927natureexpresscrabtree.eventbrite.com

·Camp Bullfrog Lakehttps://927natureexpressbullfrog.eventbrite.com

·Lake Avenue Easthttps://927lakeaveeast.eventbrite.com

·Eggers Woodshttps://927natureexpresseggers.eventbrite.com

In addition to the more than 100 staffed and organized events, visitors are welcome to simply enjoy the Forest Preserves of Cook County on their own during “100 Years / 100 Events.” The Forest Preserves of Cook County has more than 300 miles of trails for hiking, biking, walking and running. We encourage everyone, year-round to visit the preserves, and to also fish, picnic, golf, enjoy and study nature, or simply relax and leave urban life behind.

As you help us celebrate remember to share your experiences on our social platforms with the hashtag #100events, and encourage your friends and family to join the fun.

# # #



Recent Headlines

Sheriff defends attempts to curb coronavirus at Cook County Jail as judge mulls lawsuit seeking releases
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Inmates with ongoing innocence claims sit in prisons threatened by coronavirus as courts shut down
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle self-isolating after security detail member tests positive for coronavirus
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Jail detainee dies of COVID-19
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Chicago’s coronavirus disparity: Black Chicagoans are dying at nearly six times the rate of white residents, data show
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Positive COVID-19 test for youth at juvenile detention center sparks alarm among lawyers and advocates
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Will Review All Property Values Because Of The Coronavirus Pandemic
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
WBEZ News

Cook County announces $10 million COVID-19 relief fund for suburban businesses, gig workers
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County launches $10 million loan fund to help small businesses, gig workers struggling during coronavirus pandemic
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Kaegi starting over on countywide tax assessments, adjusting for pandemic’s impact on property values
Monday, April 06, 2020
The Daily Line

Housing News from the Housing Authority of Cook County
Monday, April 06, 2020
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Medical Examiner Acquires Warehouse to Serve as COVID-19 Surge Center
Monday, April 06, 2020
WTTW News

Cook County’s chief architect of COVID-19 response ousted, puzzling some, alarming others
Monday, April 06, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Sheriff Dart blasts letter alleging he failed to provide jail staff protective equipment
Sunday, April 05, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Gov. Pritzker Lays Out Measures to Increase Testing, Hospital Capacity in Preparation for Additional Need
Sunday, April 05, 2020
Chicago Crusader

Cook County coronavirus death toll surpasses 200 as medical examiner announces 26 more deaths
Sunday, April 05, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

In Chicago, 70% of COVID-19 Deaths Are Black
Sunday, April 05, 2020
WBEZ News

Latest coronavirus news for April 5, 2020: Live updates
Sunday, April 05, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Coronavirus live blog, April 4, 2020: 2 die from coronavirus in Carol Stream nursing home
Saturday, April 04, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Jail staffers raise complaints about conditions as sheriff’s office assures steps taken to stem COVID-19
Saturday, April 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP