Hours, Location & Directions

Hours

September–October
10 a.m.–5 p.m. (gates open 7 a.m.–6 p.m.)

November–March
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (gates open 7a.m.–5 p.m.)

April–May 
10 a.m.–5 p.m. (gates open 7 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Memorial Day–Labor Day (May 24–September 1)
Weekdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (gates open 7 a.m.–6 p.m.)
Weekends 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m. (gates open 7 a.m.–7 p.m.)

Location & Directions

Lincoln Park Zoo is located off Lake Shore Drive at the Fullerton Parkway exit, just minutes north of downtown Chicago. From I-94, exit at either Fullerton Parkway or North Avenue and go east.

CTA bus routes 151 or 156 both serve the zoo; for schedules, contact the RTA/CTA at 312-836-7000. Visit the CTA/RTA Travel Information Center.

Closing Notices

The Pritzker Family Children's Zoo will open at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 23.

The Farm-in-the-Zoo will be closed on Thursday, October 23.

We will have some building closings during our free Spooky Zoo Spectacular on Saturday, October 25. Please visit the event page for more details.

Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House will open at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 31.

Parking

The zoo’s parking lot entrance is located at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive (2400 North Cannon Drive, Chicago IL 60614). Parking fees are collected at the lot exit.

Rates:

0–30 minutes—No charge
30 minutes or more—$20 flat rate

Prices reflect an increase in city parking taxes. Zoo members receive discounted or free parking benefits during zoo hours.

Member Parking

Zoo members continue to receive parking benefits during zoo hours.

Safari and Zoologist Members and Curators’ Circle Donors

You receive six free hours of parking during zoo hours. Swipe your card at the entrance and exit.

Household-level Members

If you are using a complimentary parking coupon:
1. Take a white parking ticket from the ticket dispenser at the parking lot entrance (use the "Push here for ticket" button). DO NOT swipe your membership card.
2. Upon exiting, insert the white ticket from the entrance into the payment unit's ticket slot.
3. Insert your yellow complimentary parking coupon into the same slot.

Or, to receive $9 flat-rate parking:
1. Swipe your orange membership card through the machine's slot at the entrance. DO NOT press the button for a ticket.
2. Upon exiting, swipe your orange membership card through the payment unit's slot.
3. Next, insert a credit card or cash into the unit. The machine will provide change
for cash transactions, as appropriate.
4. When payment is completed, the arm will lift, allowing you to exit from the lot.

Individual-level Members

To receive $9 flat-rate parking:
1. Swipe your orange membership card through the machine's slot at the entrance. DO NOT press the button for a ticket.
2. Upon exiting, swipe your orange membership card through the payment unit's slot.
3. Next, insert a credit card or cash into the unit. The machine will provide change for cash transactions, as appropriate.
4. When payment is completed, the arm will lift, allowing you to exit from the lot.

PLEASE NOTE: The zoo is no longer able to adjust fees charged when exiting the parking lot. As a result, failure to follow the steps above will likely result in you being charged the full rate. This includes patrons who have forgotten their membership card.

As always, you may visit Gateway Pavilion from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for any parking or membership questions. We recommend you resolve any parking concerns at Gateway prior to exiting the lot.

Get to the Zoo Using Public Transportation 
Lincoln Park Zoo is accessible by a number of public-transportation options. 
To learn more, call 312-836-7000 or use the CTA’s trip-planner

Buses 
#151 and #156 stop at the zoo’s West Gate (Stockton & Webster) and near the Farm-in-the-Zoo (Stockton & Armitage)
#22 stops near the zoo’s West Gate (exit at Clark & Webster) and Café Brauer Gate (exit at Clark & Armitage) 
#36 stops near the zoo’s West Gate (exit at Clark & Webster) and Café Brauer Gate (exit at Clark & Armitage)

Trains 
The Brown line and Purple line stop at the Armitage station, which is about one mile west of the zoo. Exit and walk east on Armitage, past Clark, to the Café Brauer Gate.

Cabs 
Cab fare from downtown Chicago to Lincoln Park Zoo is about $10. Enter at the Café Brauer Gate or West Gate.

Bicycle Racks
Bicycle racks are located near the East Gate, West Gate, Café Brauer and Lincoln Park Conservatory with additional racks along Cannon Drive and Stockton Drive.

Please call 312-742-2000 or email here with any questions. 
 

 We appreciate your cooperation.