Regenstein Macaque Forest

Rendering of Lincoln Park Zoo's next great exhibit, Regenstein Macaque Forest, which will combine the natural with the state of the art.

Regenstein Macaque Forest will combine the natural with the state of the art. View the Full Rendering

Coming in Fall 2014

Located at the site of the old Kovler Penguin-Seabird House, the zoo’s next great exhibit will be a state-of-the-art home for Japanese macaques, or “snow monkeys.” These lively primates will thrill visitors with rich social displays among hot springs and evergreen trees. Look for Regenstein Macaque Forest to open in fall 2014!

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Eadie Levy's Landmark Cafe remains untouched, but the area around it has been transformed by the work to build Regenstein Macaque Forest.

Post from the President—West Gate Closes
Regenstein Macaque Forest is on schedule, meaning the zoo’s West Gate will close until June to enable the next steps in building our next great exhibit.

Demolition is essentially complete on the old Kovler Penguin-Seabird House.

Post from the President—Construction Continues
President and CEO Kevin Bell offers an update on the building of Regenstein Macaque Forest and bids farewell to the old Kovler Penguin-Seabird House.


The rich social interactions of Japanese macaques will be at the heart of Lincoln Park Zoo's next great exhibit, Regenstein Macaque Forest.

Get ready for snow! Regenstein Macaque Forest will welcome a troop of Japanese snow monkeys, offering this active species a place to play in all seasons

Donors, Supporters and Partners

The Regenstein Foundation    
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Stewart Foundation

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago
Michele Smith, Alderman, 43rd Ward, City of Chicago
State Representative Sara Feigenholtz
State Senator John Cullerton
Bryan S. Traubert, President, Board of Commissioners, Chicago Park District
Michael P. Kelly, General Superintendent and CEO, Chicago Park District
John Ettelson, Chairman, The Lincoln Park Zoological Society
Kevin J. Bell, President and CEO, Lincoln Park Zoo

Architects: Eight Architects, Inc.            
Exhibit Designer: The Portico Group
Landscape Architect: The Portico Group
Civil Engineer: Terra Engineering, Ltd.
Structural Engineer: Halvorson and Partners
MEP Engineer: Primera Chicago
LSS Engineering: TJP Engineering
Construction: Pepper Construction Company