The Annual Fund

Donate to Lincoln Park Zoo

Your contribution to the Annual Fund helps keep the zoo free and open every day, enabling millions of individuals and families to experience the wonder of wildlife each year.

Because of friends like you, we’re able to provide exemplary animal care, offer an array of education programs and maintain our world-class conservation efforts at home and around the globe.

You can be proud of your support of Lincoln Park Zoo’s animals and exhibits—our shared treasure in the heart of Chicago.

Gifts to the Annual Fund are welcome in any amount.


Lincoln Park Zoo Donor Clubs

Please consider joining a special group of dedicated zoo friends as a Donor Club member.  You will be first in line for insider information and exclusive experiences.
 

Donors' Circle
Curators' Circle - Gifts of $365 to $499  
Explorers' Circle - Gifts of $500 to $999  
Ecologists' Circle - Gifts of $1,000 to $1,999  

Conservators' Council
Council Associate - Gifts of $2,000 to $2,999  
Council Patron - Gifts of $3,000 to $4,999  
Council Steward - Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999  
Council Ambassador  - Gifts of $10,000 to $24,999  

Chairman's Council
Gifts of $25,000+  

 

Curators' Circle Benefits

  • Unlimited free daily parking when you visit the zoo
  • Recognition in the Lincoln Park Zoo Annual Report
  • Invitation to exclusive Breakfast at the Zoo event
  • Subscription to biannual Zoo Insider e-newsletter
  • Priority enrollment for Summer Conservation Camp and Zoo Crew
  • Discounts on select programs and in zoo shops and restaurants
  • Free or discounted admission at more than 100 zoos nationwide
  • Two complimentary passes to SuperZooPicnic
  • Free admission to Members Lounge at ZooLights
  • Invitations to free Members-Only Mornings and Zoo Safari Tours
  • Updates on the latest news and arrivals with the award-winning Lincoln Park Zoo magazine

Explorers' Circle Benefits

  • Unlimited free daily parking when you visit the zoo
  • Opportunity to attend a curator-led walking tour
  • Invitation to the Annual Meeting
  • Recognition in the Lincoln Park Zoo Annual Report
  • Invitation to exclusive Breakfast at the Zoo event
  • Subscription to biannual Zoo Insider e-newsletter
  • Priority enrollment for Summer Conservation Camp and Zoo Crew
  • Discounts on select programs and in zoo shops and restaurants
  • Free or discounted admission at more than 100 zoos nationwide
  • Two Complimentary passes to SuperZooPicnic
  • Free admission to Members Lounge at ZooLights
  • Invitations to free Members-Only Mornings and Zoo Safari Tours
  • Updates on the latest news and arrivals with the award-winning Lincoln Park Zoo magazine

Ecologists' Circle Benefits

  • Unlimited free daily parking when you visit the zoo
  • Invitation to exclusive Lincoln Park Zoo Night Hike
  • 10 free AT&T Endangered Species Carousel rides
  • Opportunity to attend a curator-led walking tour
  • Invitation to the Annual Meeting
  • Recognition in the Lincoln Park Zoo Annual Report
  • Invitation to exclusive Breakfast at the Zoo event
  • Subscription to biannual Zoo Insider e-newsletter
  • Priority enrollment for Summer Conservation Camp and Zoo Crew
  • Discounts on select programs and in zoo shops and restaurants
  • Free or discounted admission at more than 100 zoos nationwide
  • Four complimentary passes to SuperZooPicnic
  • Free admission to Members Lounge at ZooLights
  • Invitations to free Members-Only Mornings and Zoo Safari Tours
  • Updates on the latest news and arrivals with the award-winning Lincoln Park Zoo magazine

Council Associate Benefits

  • Unlimited free daily parking when you visit the zoo
  • Opportunity to attend a walking tour with a zoo luminary
  • Invitation to VIP ZooLights Party
  • Recognition on Honor Roll of Donors in the Kovler Lion House
  • Invitation to exclusive VIP Sip Donor Cocktail Reception
  • Invitation to Lincoln Park Zoo Night Hike
  • 10 Free AT&T Endangered Species Carousel rides
  • Opportunity to attend a curator-led walking tour
  • Invitation to the Annual Meeting
  • Recognition in the Lincoln Park Zoo Annual Report
  • Invitation to Breakfast at the Zoo Event
  • Subscription to biannual Zoo Insider e-newsletter
  • Priority enrollment for Summer Conservation Camp and Zoo Crew
  • Discounts on select programs and in zoo shops and restaurants
  • Free or discounted admission at more than 100 zoos nationwide
  • Four complimentary passes to SuperZooPicnic
  • Free admission to Members Lounge at ZooLights
  • Invitations to free Members-Only Mornings and Zoo Safari Tours
  • Updates on the latest news and arrivals with the award-winning Lincoln Park Zoo magazine

Council Patron Benefits

  • Unlimited free daily parking when you visit the zoo
  • Opportunity to schedule a silver-level behind-the-scenes tour
  • Unlimited AT&T Endangered Species Carousel rides
  • Opportunity to attend a walking tour with a zoo luminary
  • Invitation to VIP ZooLights Party
  • Recognition on Honor Roll of Donors in the Kovler Lion House
  • Invitation to exclusive VIP Sip Donor Cocktail Reception
  • Invitation to Lincoln Park Zoo Night Hike
  • Opportunity to attend a curator-led walking tour
  • Invitation to the Annual Meeting
  • Recognition in the Lincoln Park Zoo Annual Report
  • Invitation to Breakfast at the Zoo event
  • Subscription to biannual Zoo Insider e-newsletter
  • Priority enrollment for Summer Conservation Camp and Zoo Crew
  • Discounts on select programs and in zoo shops and restaurants
  • Free or discounted admission at more than 100 zoos nationwide
  • Four complimentary passes to SuperZooPicnic
  • Free admission to Members Lounge at ZooLights
  • Invitations to free Members-Only Mornings and Zoo Safari Tours
  • Updates on the latest news and arrivals with the award-winning Lincoln Park Zoo magazine

Council Steward Benefits

  • Unlimited free daily parking when you visit the zoo
  • Opportunity to schedule a gold-level behind-the-scenes tour
  • Invitation to Dinner with the President
  • Unlimited AT&T Endangered Species Carousel rides
  • Opportunity to attend a walking tour with a zoo luminary
  • Invitation to VIP ZooLights Party
  • Recognition on Honor Roll of Donors in the Kovler Lion House
  • Invitation to VIP Sip: Donor Recognition Cocktail Reception
  • Invitation to exclusive Lincoln Park Zoo Night Hike
  • Opportunity to attend curator-led walking tour
  • Invitation to the Annual Meeting
  • Recognition in the Lincoln Park Zoo Annual Report
  • Invitation to Breakfast at the Zoo event
  • Subscription to biannual Zoo Insider e-newsletter
  • Invitation to VIP Sip Donor Cocktail Reception
  • Priority enrollment for Summer Conservation Camp and Zoo Crew
  • Discounts on select programs and in zoo shops and restaurants
  • Free or discounted admission at more than 100 zoos nationwide
  • Four complimentary passes to SuperZooPicnic
  • Free admission to Members Lounge at ZooLights
  • Invitations to free Members-Only Mornings and Zoo Safari Tours
  • Updates on the latest news and arrivals with the award-winning Lincoln Park Zoo magazine

Council Ambassador Benefits

  • Unlimited free daily parking when you visit the zoo
  • Zookeeper or Vet for a Day experience
  • Opportunity to schedule a gold-level behind-the-scenes tour
  • Invitation to a Dinner with the President
  • Unlimited AT&T Endangered Species Carousel rides
  • Opportunity to attend a walking tour with a zoo luminary
  • Invitation to VIP ZooLights Party
  • Recognition on Honor Roll of Donors in the Kovler Lion House
  • Invitation to exclusive VIP Sip Donor Cocktail Reception
  • Invitation to Lincoln Park Zoo Night Hike
  • Opportunity to attend a curator-led walking tour
  • Invitation to the Annual Meeting
  • Recognition in the Lincoln Park Zoo Annual Report
  • Invitation to Breakfast at the Zoo event
  • Subscription to biannual Zoo Insider e-newsletter
  • Priority enrollment for Summer Conservation Camp and Zoo Crew
  • Discounts on select programs and in zoo shops and restaurants
  • Free or discounted admission at more than 100 zoos nationwide
  • Four complimentary passes to SuperZooPicnic
  • Free admission to Members Lounge at ZooLights
  • Invitations to free Members-Only Mornings and Zoo Safari Tours
  • Updates on the latest news and arrivals with the award-winning Lincoln Park Zoo magazine

Chairman's Council Benefits

Receive all the benefits of the Council Ambassador level in addition to a personalized zoo experience crafted for each donor's specific interest at Lincoln Park Zoo.

  Download a PDF of All the Benefits (465 kb)

 
Make your Annual Fund gift today!

Special Donor Club Events

To show our appreciation for Donor Club support, we host exclusive events throughout the year to offer an inside look at the zoo’s world-class conservation, education and care.

Special Experiences for Donor Club Members
Donor Club contributors help keep Lincoln Park Zoo free and open every day of the year. To show our appreciation for your support, we host exclusive events throughout the year to offer an inside look at the zoo’s world-class conservation, education and care.