Visit Oak Park Announces Contest Seeking Best Cicada Snapshots

Visit Oak Park, the state-certified destination marketing organization of Chicago’s near west suburbs, is hosting a contest to see who can get the best pictures of the cicada invasion hitting Illinois this summer.

The contest has three categories: Most Colorful Picture, Most Cicadas in One Picture and Best Action Shot. Contest winners will each receive a $100 gift card.

These critters have already started making their way out of their underground burrows, so you have through June 19 to submit your picture.
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Post your snapshot on your Instagram or Facebook with the location and @visitoakpark tagged to qualify. You must also follow Visit Oak Park on Instagram and like its Facebook page.

Pictures must be taken at Forest Preserves of Cook County locations in or near the following communities:

  • Brookfield
  • Forest Park
  • Franklin Park
  • La Grange
  • La Grange Park
  • Oak Park
  • River Forest
  • Riverside
  • Schiller Park
  • Westchester

A cicada invasion of this kind won’t be seen again until 2037, so get out in nature and make the most of this historic phenomenon. It may just win you a $100 gift card!