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 Lecture: The Mating Game

Saturday, October 17

Join zoo scientist Sara Sullivan as she discusses her work with the Population Management Center, the only center of its kind, which provides scientific advice for more than 350 species housed at accredited zoos. Sara will also talk about the science behind the cooperative management of these populations—family planning and matchmaking for zoo animals!

10:30–11:30 a.m.
Farmhouse at Farm-in-the-Zoo
Recommended for ages 12 and older

(Please limit registration to four per household.)

Register for the Members-Only Lecture


  Sara Sullivan

Sara serves as a scientific advisor for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) cooperatively managed animal populations. As a population biologist with the Population Management Center, she is responsible for conducting genetic and demographic analyses and preparing breeding and transfer plans for nearly 600 species managed in more than 200 AZA-accredited zoos.

Members-Only Night at ZooLights

Thursday, December 3

This holiday season the zoo will hold its third annual Members-Only Night at ZooLights. Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests will enjoy exclusive access to ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PowerShares QQQ as well as free skate rental and ice time at Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo. Come enjoy Santa, Nadeau ice sculptors, crafts, a musical light show and the glittering joy of ZooLights you’ve come to expect!

Special member perks include:

  • 20 percent discount on purchases at Wild Things! gift shop
  • Free skate rental and ice time
  • Free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
  • Free rides on the Lionel Train Adventure

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

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 select nights. Duck in to warm up with cookies, cider and crafts!
  • Standard parking rates apply for members on this night (one car in zoo parking lot at a time).

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. Please check back for future 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!