Special Member Appreciation Activities
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!
What's Available for Members?
Members-Only “Sneak Peek” of Zoo’s New Baby Gorilla
Lincoln Park Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of a female western lowland gorilla on Tuesday, February 24! The new arrival is the 52nd western lowland gorilla born at Lincoln Park Zoo, extending the zoo’s global leadership in the conservation and care of this endangered primate species.
In appreciation of your support, we’re hosting an exclusive viewing just for Lincoln Park Zoo members from 10 a.m.–noon on Saturday, February 28!
To see this new addition to the zoo family, simply arrive during this time at the zoo’s Regenstein Center for African Apes. Please have your member ID available for entry.
Saturday, February 28, 10 a.m.–noon
Regenstein Center for African Apes
This is a free event. No tickets or advance registration is required.
Free Snow Monkey “Sneak Peek” for Members!
Members, join us Friday, March 13 or Saturday, March 14 for an expert introduction to the zoo’s newest exhibit, Regenstein Macaque Forest. Get the inside scoop on the snow monkeys’ cool culture from zoo insiders. Learn how touch-screen computers will let scientists study how Japanese macaques “see” the world around them. Best of all, know your support played a key role in making it all possible.
Friday, March 13, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday, March 14, 8-10 a.m.
This is a free event, rain or shine. No tickets or advance registration is required.
Members-Only Animal Chats
Bats: Friends Not Foes
It’s easy for us to fear bats, but it’s difficult to live without them! In this chat we’ll debunk common bat myths and learn why bats are far more important to us than we may think.
Tour participants should check in at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House.
Saturday, March 7, 3 p.m. Register for this Animal Chat
Sunday, March 22, 3 p.m. Register for this Animal Chat
If, for any reason, you need to cancel or change your registration, please call the Membership Hotline at 312-742-2322 so we may contact members on the waiting list.
Zoo Safari Tours
Safari level members and above can enjoy an expert look at our amazing animals with free guided walking tours of the zoo.
Saving Species: Primates (Adults-Only Tour)
Get the inside story on how Lincoln Park Zoo is paving the way for primate conservation. During this discussion-based tour you’ll discover what distinguishes primates from other animals, the struggles certain primates face in the wild and what Lincoln Park Zoo is doing to help save these simians.
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. Register for this Zoo Safari Tour
Sunday, July 19, 10 a.m. Register for this Zoo Safari Tour
Step Into Africa (Family-Friendly and Adults-Only Tours)
Join us on a journey that will take you through the wetlands, into the forest and out onto the savannahs of Africa. During this front-of-house tour you’ll be guided through the exhibits of the zoo’s award-winning Regenstein African Journey building, where you’ll learn about the current residents and their homes both at the zoo and in the wild.
Family-Friendly Tour: Sunday, April 26, 10 a.m. Register for this Zoo Safari Tour
Adults-Only Tour: Sunday, May 24, 10 a.m. Register for this Zoo Safari Tour
Choose Your Own Safari (Family-Friendly Tour)
Put on your pith helmets and take your family on a unique zoo adventure! This tour, modeled after the popular book series “Choose Your Own Adventure,” lets you decide where you’ll go and what you’ll see while traveling through an imaginary park in the African wilderness.
Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m. Register for this Zoo Safari Tour
Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. Register for this Zoo Safari Tour
History and Architecture (Adults-Only Tour)
For nearly 150 years, Lincoln Park Zoo has been a vibrant fixture in the city of Chicago. From the days of bowler hat-wearing zookeepers to apes using touch-screen computers, we’ll journey through time to explore the zoo’s rich history, showcasing how one Chicago park that was given a pair of swans transformed into a global leader in conservation and animal care.
Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m. Register for this Zoo Safari Tour
Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m. Register for this Zoo Safari Tour
Zoo Detectives (Family-Friendly Tour)
Grab your magnifying glass and put on your thinking cap, because it’s time to solve a zoo mystery! On this guided tour you will be traveling from grasslands to tropical forests collecting clues to uncover a mystery animal. As the clues come together, you will not only solve the puzzle, but will learn more about threatened species and conservation.
Sunday, June 28, 10 a.m. Register for this Zoo Safari Tour
Sunday, August 23, 10 a.m. Register for this Zoo Safari Tour
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
Winner of ZooLights Contest Announced
Members-Only Night at ZooLights attendees were asked to complete and submit a brief online survey about their experiences for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes tour at the zoo. We also included respondents to our survey about members-only animal chats for a fuller picture of how Lincoln Park Zoo members value these exclusive perks.
The lucky winner: Cynthia Vega. Congratulations, Cynthia! Thanks to everyone who provided us with feedback. We’ll use it to keep improving this wonderful holiday event and our members-only animal chats!
Not a member? Join today to start a year of wild memories!