Bonus Extras for the Zoo’s Strongest Supporters
Make the most of your visit, and experience the zoo as only members can. Show off your membership card to take part in these exclusive member appreciation activities!
Zoo Safari Tours
Safari-level members and above can enjoy these free, special tours, led by zoo educators. Update: The August 27 and August 28 tours are now full. However, you may still add your name to a wait list after clicking the registration links below.
August 27, 10-11 a.m.
21st Century Zoos (Ages 16 and older)
How have zoos changed over the years and why are zoos still relevant? Are zoos benefitting the natural world? On this tour, guests will gain insight into these questions and discover how zoos operate both locally and internationally. From species reintroductions to successful conservation initiatives, zoos are making a difference in today’s modern world.
August 28, 10-11 a.m.
Step into Africa (Family Friendly)
Join us on a journey that will take you through the wetlands, into the forest, and out onto the savannas of Africa. During this public-view tour, you’ll be guided through the exhibits of the zoo’s award-winning Regenstein African Journey, where you’ll learn about the current residents and their homes both at the zoo and in the wild.
Special Parking Rates for Chicago Air and Water Show
Planning to visit the zoo during the annual Chicago Air and Water Show, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21? Please be advised these are very busy days at the zoo, due to our close proximity to the event’s location at North Avenue Beach. We expect large crowds and traffic jams. We highly encourage biking, walking or taking public transportation to the zoo on this weekend. Individual, Household and Safari members will not receive free or reduced-rate parking in the zoo’s lot on these days. Parking passes can be purchased online ahead of time for a fee. Day-of parking is $45/space (if available), reserved is $80/space. We appreciate your understanding during this busy weekend!
Buy Parking Pass for Saturday, August 20
Buy Parking Pass for Sunday, August 21
Save the Date
Member Sneak Peek: Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove
September 30, 9-11 a.m.
October 1, 8-10 a.m.
Join us to see the zoo's newest exhibit, featuring African penguins! Members are invited to see the new habitat before it opens to the public. More details to come.
Flaunt Your Membership—and Reap Rewards
Do you wear membership gear when you visit the zoo? If not, you may want to start! This summer, we will be wandering zoo grounds, looking for current members wearing their membership swag. Each week, we will randomly select one member to receive a prize package.
Don't have any membership gear? Visit Gateway Pavilion, where you can purchase anything from an umbrella to a t-shirt for just $10.
Special Discounts on Food and Shopping
Every day, all day, Lincoln Park Zoo members receive special discounts on zoo purchases:
- 10% discount at zoo shops, Park Place Café and the Patio at Café Brauer
- 25% discount at Café at Wild Things
- 15% discount on education programs for children and adults
- 50% discount on stroller rentals
Not a member? Join today to start a year of wild memories!