I don’t think this question is out-of-bounds but if it is, mods, do your thing. I hope this ins’t a ‘Speak with your attorney’ question.
I went for a bicycle ride yesterday evening in the North Branch of the Des Plaines River Trail System near Park Ridge and Des Plaines. I stopped for a rest and noticed along the trail was a large patch of blackberries (or are they black raspberries?). I ate and ate for about 20 minutes during which time, as the juice stained my chin purple, the thought occured to me that eating county berries might be illegal. I couldn’t find anything on the Cook County Forest Preserve website.
I found a 40 year old article that suggests it’s OK but I’d just as soon avoid any confrontations with the Cook County Sheriff’s Forest Preserve Police.
What is exactly allowed here in Cook County? Certainly I can’t cut down trees and set snares for deer (right?) but fishing is OK with a license and I assumed berry picking was too. Chicago Dopers?