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

Rhinos: Courtship, Conservation and Care

When it comes to making a baby animal, it doesn’t just take a male and a female, it takes a whole community! From exhibit design to matchmaking, learn how we prepared for King, our newest black rhino addition.

Tour participants will check in at the north end of the Harris Family Foundation Black Rhinoceros Exhibit at Regenstein African Journey. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as parts of the program may take place outdoors.

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.

Tuesday, September 23, 3 p.m. Register for this Animal Chat

Baby on Board: White-Cheeked Gibbons

What swings, sings and lives in the Helen Brach Primate House? Our white-cheeked gibbons, of course! The members of this ape family—including 1-year-old male Daxin—wow guests with their acrobatic routines, but those aren’t the only highlights that make them interesting. Join us to learn what sets gibbons apart from other primates.

Tuesday, October 7, 3 p.m. Register for this Animal Chat

Tuesday, November 11, 3 p.m. Register for this Animal Chat

Tuesday, December 9, 3 p.m. Register for this Animal Chat

Enrichment: Ways We Care

Want to see Lincoln Park Zoo animals play, hunt and problem-solve? So do we! Enrichment helps promote natural behaviors. Discover how zookeepers incorporate balls, piñatas and spices into animal care to help our animals lead fulfilling lives.

Saturday, October 25, 3 p.m. Register for this Animal Chat

Saturday, November 29, 3 p.m. Register for this Animal Chat


Lionel Train Adventure Opening Weekend

The Lionel Train Adventure, a new train attraction for kids, opens Thursday, October 2. The 28-passenger, electric train crosses over a quaint country bridge, past a craggy canyon and through a lofty birch forest before returning to a red brick station near the zoo’s west gate. Zoo members will receive free rides from October 2–5. Membership cards must be present for train rides. The first 50 train passengers on opening weekend will receive a free Lionel wooden train whistle.


ZooLights Special Member Perks

Members-Only Night at ZooLights

Thursday, December 4, 5–9 p.m.
Free for Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests
For participants of all ages

Last holiday season more than 2,000 zoo members and their guests had ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank all to themselves for one special night. The perk was so popular we’re offering it again this year!

Avoid the crowds (and long lines to see Santa at the Kovler Lion House) and enjoy these festive member perks:

Please note:

  • Members may bring as many guests as they want!
  • The zoo members lounge will be closed on this night. Zoo members have exclusive access to a members lounge on the lower level of Park Place Café on November 28–30, December 5–7 and December 12–31.
  • Standard parking rates apply for members on this night (one car in zoo parking lot at a time).

Members Lounge at ZooLights

Zoo members will have exclusive access to a members lounge on the lower level of Park Place Café on November 28–30, December 5–7 and December 12–31. Duck in to warm up with cookies, cider and crafts! The members lounge will be closed December 24–25.


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.

No tours are currently scheduled. Please return to this page later for upcoming scheduled dates.


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!