Members-Only Morning

Members-Only Morning—Free!

Saturday, May 3

A young member and a chimpanzee connect at Members-Only Morning

Wake Up with the Zoo’s South Side

Lincoln Park Zoo invites members to celebrate spring with a special Members-Only Morning! The south end of the zoo will open early just for members, giving them a chance to see animals like never before.

This exclusive event will feature the Helen Brach Primate House, Regenstein Center for African Apes and the Antelope & Zebra Area. Get a sneak peak on how keepers and animals—including monkeys, gorillas, kangaroos and zebras—start their day!

8-10 a.m.
Entrance just north of the Helen Brach Primate House

Members will be able to:

  • Observe unique training sessions with our gorillas
  • See if they can jump as far as a kangaroo
  • Pepper our zoological manager of primates with questions
  • Forage for special treats just like primates in the wild
  • Watch our Sichuan takin receive piñata enrichment
  • Pique a primate’s interest by drawing on an exhibit’s windowpanes
  • And much, much more!

This is a free all-ages event for members at any level of Lincoln Park Zoo. No reservations are required! Just show up with your member or donor card and bring as many guests as you want to enjoy the fun—and accept our thanks for your support!

Please note: normal parking policies and charges will apply for this event.

Questions? Contact the zoo’s Membership team at or 312-742-2322 (Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)

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Polar bear Anana dives to the viewing window as members decorate the glass of her exhibit at Members-Only Morning.

Slideshow: A Wild Wake-Up
Attendees decorated the polar bear window and watched Andean bears enjoy special enrichment at the August 2013 Members-Only Morning.

Nearly 300 members enjoyed exclusive access to the Heart of the Zoo for Earth Day weekend, decorating the black bears’ window and waking up with otters, tigers and more.

Slideshow: Earth Day Members-Only Morning
Nearly 300 members enjoyed exclusive access to the heart of the zoo for Earth Day weekend, decorating the black bears’ window and waking up with otters, tigers and more.


Slideshow: Members-Only Morning at the Farm-in-the-Zoo
More than 350 Lincoln Park Zoo members met animals, harvested crops, played games, learned about organic food production and more at our most recent Members-Only Morning.


More than 350 members and their guests joined us in April to wake up with the south end of the zoo.

Slideshow: Members-Only Morning, South Side Edition
Participants enjoyed games, saw gorillas and gibbons start their day and tried their hand at “fishing” like a chimpanzee during a previous Members-Only Morning on the south end of the main zoo grounds.