Special Member Appreciation Activities

Members Only Morning at Lincoln Park Zoo

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 Animal Chats

Gorillas: 50 and Counting

Go back to the 1960s, when then-zoo director Dr. Lester E. Fisher started our legendary breeding program for western lowland gorillas. To date, we have had over 50 gorillas born in our care. Discover how we got here and became national leaders in gorilla conservation.

Tour participants should check in at Regenstein Center for African Apes, in front of the first gorilla family exhibit.

Saturday, February 7, 3 p.m. Register for this Animal Chat

Sunday, February 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.

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!


Zoo Safari Tours

Pygmy hippo at Lincoln Park Zoo's Regenstein African Journey

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

Not a member? Join today to start a year of wild memories!