Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit to a Free World of Wildlife

Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who visit the zoo to hear a lion’s roar echo off nearby apartment buildings, see gorillas climb trees as the Willis Tower looms in the distance, or forget where they are as they immerse themselves in tropical rainforests, dry-thorn forests or spacious savannas.

We invite you to visit the wildest spot in Chicago, where each year millions of guests marvel at wild wonders as they play and learn.

Lincoln Park Zoo is open 365 days a year and is always free.

Take a ride on the new Lionel Train Adventure!  
What to Do at Chicago's Zoo
Free and open every day of the year, Lincoln Park Zoo has something for everyone. Meet animals from around the world, relax among Chicago’s most-visited gardens and join us for exciting daily programs and events.
  Hours, Location and Directions
Opening and closing hours, travel routes, parking costs, construction and early closing notices—find it all here!

Lincoln Park Zoo Visitor Guide cover The Lincoln Park Zoo visitor guide—featuring a map, zoo highlights and a full list of buildings and attractions—has everything you need to plan your visit. Print it at home or pick one up at Gateway Pavilion!
Download the Visitor Guide (3.1MB PDF)

Closing Notices

The Chicago Police Department will conduct a police training exercise at Lincoln Park Zoo on Thursday, November 19 beginning at 4:30 p.m. The exercise will include the presence of a helicopter and will last approximately 2 hours.

For Your Convenience

Gateway Pavilion, located just inside the east gate, offers the following guest services to those visiting the zoo:

  • Information Desk
  • First Aid and Public Safety
  • Lost and Found
  • Strollers and Wheelchairs
  • Lockers
  • Membership Services


Located at Park Place Café.

Smoking Policy

We ask that you refrain from smoking for the health and safety of our animals and visitors.

Plan a Field Trip


Plan a Private Event


Lincoln Park Zoo members can show off their membership card to take part in exclusive member appreciation activities!
Special Member Activities

Your support ensures top-notch habitats for animals throughout the Lincoln Park Zoo. Give today to make a difference.