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ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank
Glow in the Park

Don’t miss one of Chicago’s most beloved holiday traditions: ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank. Immerse yourself in a wonderland of illuminated beauty while enjoying festive activities for the whole family!


Wings, Paws and Claws

A tiger’s paw, bat’s wing and monkey’s nimble fingers handle different tasks…but they’re all adapted from the same basic building blocks.

Zoom In on Wings, Paws and Claws

New Arrivals

Wondering what's new at the zoo? The Kovler Lion House just welcomed 1-year-old snow leopard Taza!

See Our Latest Arrivals

Field Note: Insects

Learn about Lincoln Park Zoo’s bugs, which include leafcutter ants working on “the farm,” walking sticks blending in or Madagascar hissing cockroaches making noise.

Meet the Zoo's Smallest Animals

Lincoln Park Zoo News

December 19, 2014
Win a Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Zoo!

ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank is one big merry-glow-round of illuminated holiday fun. Even more so if you’re the lucky winner of a behind-the-scenes tour at the zoo!

December 19, 2014
Photo of the Week: December 19

Puma Bexookee gets into the holiday spirit in our Photo of the Week! Piñatas from our expert Volunteer Enrichment Group engage the animals—and encourage natural behaviors.

December 18, 2014
Hoppy Holidays to You

Hoppy holidays are on tap at Louis Glunz Beer’s holiday brew stop during ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank.

December 18, 2014
Photo Slideshow: Wild Chimpanzees in Uganda

Meet Zig, an inhabitant of the Budongo Forest Reserve in northwest Uganda. The male chimpanzee, who lost his right eye in a dominance battle with another male, is in his late teens but appears much older due to the general hardships of life in the wild.

December 17, 2014
Tag, You’re It! (Or Are You?)

The plot thickens—along x and y axes—in the latest project launched by the zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute.

December 17, 2014
Ticket to Glide

Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo glides on at the Farm-in-the-Zoo throughout the holiday season—and actually, all the way to March 1.

December 17, 2014
Wings, Paws and Claws

A tiger’s paw, bat’s wing and monkey’s nimble fingers handle different tasks…but they’re all adapted from the same basic building blocks. Learn more with our latest article from Lincoln Park Zoo magazine.


Who's the newest baby? When's the next chance to Sleep Under the Skyscrapers? Our weekly ZooMail digest highlights animal updates, program offerings and more!

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The Season in Lights
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This Friday, November 28, we’ll celebrate one of my favorite signs of the season: flipping the on switch for this year’s ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank.

Follow @visitlpz on Twitter before you arrive to receive real-time updates on seal feedings, animals of the hour and more!


ADOPT an Animal Holiday Plush
Celebrate the season with special holiday ADOPT gifts for your favorite animal lovers. Holiday Experience ADOPT packages include one plush adopt PLUS one ice-time voucher, one skate rental voucher and two hot chocolate vouchers redeemable at Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo.


Browse the Wish List
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Wild Holiday Gifts!
Shop for wildly unique Lincoln Park Zoo and animal-themed gifts!




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