Swing into Summer

I’m happy to say that summer has arrived at Lincoln Park Zoo. This weekend we’ll be fully open for the season, ready for sunny days and plenty of visitors.

The Kovler Lion House and other zoo destinations are ready for summer visits!

This past week has certainly felt like summer, walking around the zoo. I’ve seen Chilean flamingos stretching their wings at the newly filled Waterfowl Lagoon. The three-week-old European stork chicks are growing bigger every day at Regenstein Birds of Prey Exhibit.

At Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, we’ve hosted Baltimore orioles, spotted sandpipers and scarlet tanagers. Today I even saw barn swallows flying to nests they’ve built on the vertical slats we installed beneath the Lester E. Fisher Bridge for that very purpose. That was an exciting sign that summer is here.

Starting Saturday the zoo will shift to summer hours, with buildings open until 5 p.m. on weekdays and 6:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Zoo grounds won’t close until 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively, giving you more time to soak up the wildlife and warm weather.

You can also sit down for a meal at our summer restaurants. Relax next to the pond at the Patio at Café Brauer with a Boardwalk Burger or specialty blueberry-infused ale from Goose Island. Or go local with a sustainable snack at the Café at Wild Things, the zoo’s two-star certified green restaurant. Both will have their menus ready for you this weekend.

Of course, one of the best parts of summer is welcoming new arrivals. In addition to the stork chicks, lion Sahar and red river hog Lily at Regenstein African Journey, we also have some new cactus mice at Regenstein Small Mammal–Reptile House. They’re very active—and cute—in exploring their desert habitat. Come this weekend to see them yourself.

Kevin Bell

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Concerts for 2012

I haven't seen any press releases for "Jammin at the Zoo 2012." What does this mean?

Jammin' at the Zoo concert series

Thanks for the question. We are currently planning band lineups for Jammin' at the Zoo, our popular summer music concert series, and will be announcing details for those shows this week. The three concert dates are June 22, July 27 and August 24.

Jammin at the Zoo

Friday June 22 - Neon Trees
Friday July 27 - Better Than Ezra
Friday Aug 24 - Hot Chelle Ray & All Star Weekend

Tickets go on sale Fri June 1.

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