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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 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.

December 16, 2014
Donate to the ZooLights Coat Drive!

We’re seeing some fine winter apparel fashions on display at ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank. But if you have any new or gently used coats, hats, scarves or gloves you could do without, here’s a warm and fuzzy idea: drop them off at our annual ZooLights coat drive!

December 16, 2014
Be Green for Goodness’ Sake

Looking for a one-of-a-kind zoo souvenir? The Mold-a-Rama machine at the Helen Brach Primate House has replaced its green gorilla with Santa Claus for the season!

December 15, 2014
Support Lincoln Park Zoo with a Gift Today

Did you know it costs $65,000 every day to care for the zoo’s animals—and keep Lincoln Park Zoo free? In this season of giving, support Chicago’s free zoo with a gift of any amount at www.lpzoo.org/thanks.

December 15, 2014
On the Trail with Wild Chimpanzees in Uganda

Earlier this year, Lincoln Park Zoo keeper Leslie Lurz traveled to Uganda’s Budongo Forest Reserve, home to nearly 700 wild chimpanzees. She shares her amazing experience in words and photos.


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.


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Wild Holiday Gifts!
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