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Celebrate summer in the city during this elegant evening of wine, food and flowers.

Wine & Wildflowers Garden Party

Celebrate summer in the city during this elegant evening of wine, food and flowers. In the midst of the zoo’s lush landscapes, savor gourmet bites and delicious wine pairings inspired by Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. The exclusive, after-hours garden party also features garden and animal talks and live music.

Wednesday, July 30
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Adults Night Out
Learn from zoo experts while strolling though the park after hours with a glass of beer or wine in hand at Adults Night Out.

Friday, August 8
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Outdoor yoga class at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo

Limber Up for Outdoor Yoga
Yoga at the Zoo Presented by Walgreens offers classes for adults and parents with toddlers in a scenic location.

June–September
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June Through September
Adult Yoga at the Zoo Presented by Walgreens
Only one yoga program lets you compare your cow, cat, tortoise and lion poses to the real deals when you’re done. Take in views of the urban skyline and scenic Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo during outdoor yoga classes for adults.
June Through September
Parent & Toddler Yoga at the Zoo Presented by Walgreens
Only one yoga program lets you compare your cow, cat, tortoise and lion poses to the real deals when you’re done. Take in views of the urban skyline and scenic Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo during outdoor yoga classes for parents and children ages 2–4.
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.
Sunday, August 3
Observe to Learn at the Lincoln Park Apple Store
At 11 a.m., Lincoln Park Zoo educator Matt Mulligan will demonstrate the Observe to Learn app developed by the zoo’s Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration. This free, award-winning app lets users monitor animal behavior much as zoo scientists do.
Sunday, August 3
WTTW Kids Readers Are Leaders Interactive Performance
Families with kids ages 3–9 can sing along to playful tunes and participate in storytelling adventures at a WTTW Kids Readers Are Leaders performance featuring Miss Lori's CAMPUS.
Tuesday, August 5
Kids Summer Theater
Enjoy a participatory, family-oriented live theater performance by Chicago’s Storytown Improv on the South Lawn. Show times are 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Tuesday, August 5
Summer Sounds at the Patio
Enjoy a live performance by a classical duo with violinist Inger Carle at the Patio at Café Brauer.
Wednesday, August 6
Locally Sourced at the Patio
Visit the Patio at Café Brauer from 5:30–7:30 p.m. to enjoy live acoustic music by local performers, work by a local artist, locally farmed produce from Midwest Foods and drink specials on locally craft-brewed beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company.
Friday, August 8
Adults Night Out
Adults can mingle while enjoying food and drink specials, education stations, garden talks and animal encounters at this special after-hours event.
Saturday, August 9
Second Saturdays Garden Tours
Join Lincoln Park Zoo’s horticulturists for a look at how they keep the zoo gardens beautiful. New plants and areas will be highlighted each month as they blossom with the seasons.
Saturday, August 9
Sleep Under the Skyscrapers: Outdoor Campout
Interested in seeing Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals after hours? Join us for an evening encounter or overnight campout for families and children ages 5–12!
Tuesday, August 12
Kids Summer Theater
Enjoy a participatory, family-oriented live theater performance by Chicago’s Storytown Improv on the South Lawn. Show times are 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Tuesday, August 12
Summer Sounds at the Patio
Enjoy a live performance of solo Spanish guitar music by Neil Dixon Smith at the Patio at Café Brauer.
Wednesday, August 13
Locally Sourced at the Patio
Visit the Patio at Café Brauer from 5:30–7:30 p.m. to enjoy live music by Jugo de Mango, work by a local artist, locally farmed produce from Midwest Foods and drink specials on locally craft-brewed beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company.  
Friday, August 15
Sleep Under the Skyscrapers: Outdoor Campout
Interested in seeing Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals after hours? Join us for an evening encounter or overnight campout for families and children ages 5–12!
Sunday, August 17
Kids Summer Theater
Enjoy a participatory, family-oriented live theater performance by Chicago’s Storytown Improv on the South Lawn. Show times are 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Tuesday, August 19
Kids Summer Theater
Enjoy a participatory, family-oriented live theater performance by Chicago’s Storytown Improv on the South Lawn. Show times are 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Tuesday, August 19
Summer Sounds at the Patio
Enjoy a live performance by a jazz duo with saxophonist Barry Winograd at the Patio at Café Brauer.
Wednesday, August 20
Locally Sourced at the Patio
Visit the Patio at Café Brauer from 5:30–7:30 p.m. to enjoy live acoustic music by local performers, work by a local artist, locally farmed produce from Midwest Foods and drink specials on locally craft-brewed beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company.  
Thursday, August 21
Zoovies: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Experience a wildly different twist to movie night with Zoovies at Lincoln Park Zoo. Audiences can come to the zoo after hours and enjoy a free movie in one of the city’s most beautiful theaters: the zoo’s scenic South Lawn. VIP upgrades available.
Saturday, August 23
Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour: A Walk Through Time
Lincoln Park Zoo members at the Safari level and above can enjoy a free, adults-only tour exploring the zoo’s rich history from bowler hat-wearing zookeepers to apes using touch screen computers.
Sunday, August 24
Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour: Step Into Africa
Lincoln Park Zoo members at the Safari level and above can enjoy a free, family-friendly tour of the zoo’s award-winning Regenstein African Journey building, where they’ll learn about the current residents and their homes both at the zoo and in the wild.
Tuesday, August 26
Kids Summer Theater
Enjoy a participatory, family-oriented live theater performance by Chicago’s Storytown Improv on the South Lawn. Show times are 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Tuesday, August 26
Summer Sounds at the Patio
Enjoy a live performance a classical duo with Inger Carle at the Patio at Café Brauer.
Wednesday, August 27
Locally Sourced at the Patio
Visit the Patio at Café Brauer from 5:30–7:30 p.m. to enjoy live acoustic music by local performers, work by a local artist, locally farmed produce from Midwest Foods and drink specials on locally craft-brewed beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company.  
Wednesday, August 27
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.
Friday, September 5
Zoovies: Best in Show
Experience a wildly different twist to movie night with Zoovies at Lincoln Park Zoo. Audiences can come to the zoo after hours and enjoy a free movie in one of the city’s most beautiful theaters: the zoo’s scenic South Lawn. VIP upgrades available.
Saturday, September 13
Second Saturdays Garden Tours
Join Lincoln Park Zoo’s horticulturists for a look at how they keep the zoo gardens beautiful. New plants and areas will be highlighted each month as they blossom with the seasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Thursdays, September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, November 6, 13 and 20
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.
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.
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.