Sleep Under the Skyscrapers

July 16 & 17 and August 6 & 7

Who said hiking along the water and camping in tents was just for the wilderness? The new Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo provides the perfect setting for your family to explore an urban ecosystem at night. Take a hike, explore the wildlife that enlivens this area and enjoy a pizza dinner. Pitch your tent on the South Lawn and sleep under the skyscrapers, then wake to the morning songs of birds.

Sleep Under the Skyscrapers Slideshow
Educators and campers set up tents on the south lawn to experience the zoo's urban ecosystem at night. See photos from our inaugural Sleep Under the Skyscrapers event.

Adults and families with children 5 and older; up to 40 participants. Children under 5 cannot participate.

July 16–17, 6 p.m.–9 a.m. SOLD OUT
August 6–7, 6 p.m.–9 a.m. SOLD OUT

South Lawn (subject to change)

$45 per zoo member, $50 per non-member. Price applies for each attendee.

Registration will close once the maximum capacity is met or one week prior to the event (July 9 and August 13). Due to space and safety requirements, no unregistered persons will be allowed to attend the program. For easy check-in, please print your confirmation e-mail and have it available at check-in.

*This is a rain-or-shine event. We will move into a building if need be.

After you register, a zoo staff member will contact you to coordinate the appropriate tent for your group. Each family/group will have their own tent. While attendees may bring their own tents, tent rental is included in the registration price and is coordinated through REI. Sleeping bags will not be provided. Participants may coordinate sleeping bag/pad rental independently through REI ( There will be a limited number of flashlights and lanterns available, but feel free to bring your own as well. Wear clothing and shoes appropriate for going on a nature walk around the Nature Boardwalk.

Two meals are included as part of this program. A pizza/soda dinner will be
provided Friday night and a light breakfast will be provided Saturday morning. Please
feel free to bring additional snacks or drinks.

If your family/group would like to request special accommodations, please
contact the Education Department at 312-742-2056 or

6 p.m. Participants will check in near the south side of Park Place Cafe. Staff from REI will help groups pitch their tents.
6:30 p.m. Pizza dinner will be available while groups continue to set up their tents and campsites.
7 p.m. Create campsite flags
8 p.m. Nature Walk with REI and zoo staff
10 p.m. Attendees will have access to the bathrooms in Park Place Cafe throughout the night.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. Break camp
8:30 a.m. Final group activity
9 a.m. Departure