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Groomed with a View

Pampered pooches are the featured attraction in our free outdoor Zoovies screening of the classic comedy “Best in Show” on the zoo’s South Lawn.

Friday, September 19
Learn More About the Free Zoovies Screening


Wine and Wildlife: All About Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo

Wine & Wildlife: All About Apes
Join zoo scientists for an evening of stories about chimpanzees and gorillas they’ve observed in the wild and cared for at the zoo.

Thursday, September 25
Register for Wine & Wildlife: All About Apes

   

Experience the Zoo at Night
Join a zoo horticulturist and an animal expert on a stroll through the zoo after hours during our Twilight Safari. The Kovler Lion House is one stop on the tour.

Wednesday, September 24
Embark on the Twilight Safari

 

June Through September
21st Century Zoo Tour
Every Tuesday and Thursday through September 25, adults ages 18 and older can request this special premium tour which explores exhibits that trace the zoo’s evolution from cultural attraction to global conservation leader.
Saturdays, September 20 and 27, October 4, 11 and 18, November 1, 8, 15 and 22
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Tuesday, September 23
“Rhinos: Courtship, Conservation and Care” Members-Only Animal Chat
Zoo members can enjoy an exclusive chat at the Harris Family Foundation Black Rhinoceros Exhibit on how the zoo prepared for its newest black rhino addition, from exhibit design to matchmaking.
Wednesday, September 24
Twilight Safari
Explore the zoo after-hours during this walk on the wild side! Join a zoo horticulturist and an animal expert on a leisurely stroll through the zoo at twilight.
Thursdays, September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, November 6, 13 and 20
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play (Sold Out)
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities. (While this program series is sold out, prospective registrants may still add their names to a wait list for it.)
Thursday, September 25
Wine & Wildlife: All About Apes
Sip wine at this special after-hours event while two leading primate researchers with the zoo’s Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes share updates on the zoo’s conservation efforts in Chicago and the remote forests of northern Congo.
Saturday, September 27
Fiesta Familiar Presented by Hoy
It’s fun for the entire family at Lincoln Park Zoo as Hoy hosts its annual Fiesta Familiar! The largest Hispanic family event of its kind in the Midwest, this daylong celebration features family entertainment and hands-on activities in areas including art, health, gardening, science and music.
Thursday, October 2–Sunday, October 5
Lionel Train Adventure Opening Weekend (with Free Rides for Members)
The Lionel Train Adventure—an exciting, new ride created by iconic model train maker Lionel Trains—debuts with a grand opening weekend featuring free rides for Lincoln Park Zoo members, free giveaways, a visit from mascot Lenny the Lion and more.
Thursday, October 2
Zoo Ghost Tours
Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun destination, but there’s plenty of spooky stuff lurking beneath the surface. This after-hours ghost tour will share the zoo’s cemetery roots, highlight a 19th-century “Suicide Bridge” and identify which animal house is most likely to be haunted.
Friday, October 3
Zoovies: Ghostbusters and The Shining
Experience a wildly different twist to movie night with Zoovies at Lincoln Park Zoo. Audiences can come to the zoo after hours and enjoy two free movies in one of the city’s most beautiful theaters: the zoo’s scenic South Lawn. VIP upgrades available.
Thursday, October 9
Zoo Ghost Tours
Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun destination, but there’s plenty of spooky stuff lurking beneath the surface. This after-hours ghost tour will share the zoo’s cemetery roots, highlight a 19th-century “Suicide Bridge” and identify which animal house is most likely to be haunted.
Monday, October 13
Columbus Day Zoo Camp
Kids in preK–4th grade can explore misconceptions of “animal underdogs” like pied tamarins and naked mole rats during their day off from school.
Thursday, October 16
Zoo Ghost Tours
Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun destination, but there’s plenty of spooky stuff lurking beneath the surface. This after-hours ghost tour will share the zoo’s cemetery roots, highlight a 19th-century “Suicide Bridge” and identify which animal house is most likely to be haunted.
Friday, October 17
Sleepover with the Animals
Interested in sleeping among Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals? Grab your nighttime gear and join us for an indoor overnight adventure for families and groups with children ages 5–12!
Thursday, October 23
Zoo Ghost Tours
Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun destination, but there’s plenty of spooky stuff lurking beneath the surface. This after-hours ghost tour will share the zoo’s cemetery roots, highlight a 19th-century “Suicide Bridge” and identify which animal house is most likely to be haunted.
Saturday, October 25
Spooky Zoo Spectacular
Celebrate Halloween in a free, safe and family-friendly environment! Guests are invited to learn fun facts about the animals, stimulate their minds while making crafts, collect treats and enjoy entertainment throughout the zoo while dressed in their best or spookiest costume!
Thursday, October 30
Zoo Ghost Tours
Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun destination, but there’s plenty of spooky stuff lurking beneath the surface. This after-hours ghost tour will share the zoo’s cemetery roots, highlight a 19th-century “Suicide Bridge” and identify which animal house is most likely to be haunted.
Tuesday, November 11
Veterans Day Zoo Camp
Kids in preK–4th grade can discover amazing animal athletes like leaf-cutter ants and red kangaroos during their day off from school.
Thursday, November 13
Wine & Wildlife: 10 Years of Amazing Ape Care
Join Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy and Steve Ross, Ph.D., Director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, for an in-depth look at Regenstein Center for African Apes on its 10th anniversary. Learn how this cutting-edge animal house facilitates gorillas and chimpanzees, caregivers, researchers and visitors.
Friday, November 14
Sleepover with the Animals
Interested in sleeping among Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals? Grab your nighttime gear and join us for an indoor overnight adventure for families and groups with children ages 5–12!
November 28–30, December 5–7 and December 12–31
Members Lounge Open at ZooLights
Zoo members will have exclusive access to a members lounge on the lower level of Park Place Café during ZooLights Presented by ComEd. Duck in to warm up with cookies, cider and crafts!
Thursday, December 4
Members-Only Night at ZooLights
From 5–9 p.m., zoo members and their guests will enjoy exclusive access to ZooLights Presented by ComEd, as well as free skate rental and ice time at Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo!
Sunday, December 14
Family Polar Party
Families with kids of all ages will learn through crafts and games how animals from pole to pole survive and thrive in cold-weather climates.
Sunday, December 21
Family Polar Party
Families with kids of all ages will learn through crafts and games how animals from pole to pole survive and thrive in cold-weather climates.
Sunday, December 28
Family Polar Party
Families with kids of all ages will learn through crafts and games how animals from pole to pole survive and thrive in cold-weather climates.
Monday, December 29
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Tuesday, December 30
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Wednesday, December 31
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Friday, January 2
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.