Zoo Ball


Zoo Ball is Lincoln Park Zoo’s largest fundraiser hosted by the Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. Since its inception in 1977, Zoo Ball has raised millions of dollars for a wide range of capital projects at the zoo and has annually drawn more than 1,000 civic and social leaders from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Most importantly, its reputation as “THE party of the summer,” according to Chicago Magazine, holds true year to year.

Zoo Ball 2015: Arctic Blast

The Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo hosted an elegant evening of dining, dancing and entertainment at the 38th annual Zoo Ball held July 10, 2015. Themed “Arctic Blast” in a nod to the zoo’s imminent polar bear and African penguin exhibits, the gala black-tie fundraiser attracted more than 850 guests and raised more than $1.1 million. That impressive contribution will support the development of an innovative, new education center focused on experiential learning initiatives and inspiring the next generation of conservation scientists.

The arctic motif extended to an shimmering design scheme, including animal ice sculptures and an ice bar elevated by polar bears carved from ice. A dazzling silent auction, savory feast and cocktails (including one titled “The Aurora Borealis”), and dancing to the sounds of Dr. Bombay added up to a memorable evening of philanthropic splendor.

The evening’s success was made possible in part by the generous support of this year’s sponsors and partners: technology sponsor Lathrop and Gage LLP, Jennifer N. Pritzker/Tawani Foundation/Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Make it Better and Michigan Avenue magazine.

For more information, call 312-742-2220.