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 members 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.

Upcoming Events

Walking Tour with a Curator Series

October 17, 9 a.m.: Family-Friendly
March 2, 8 a.m.: Adults-Only Walking Tour with a Curator

Join one of our expert curators for a special adventure at Lincoln Park Zoo! These intimate tours provide close encounters and inside info on the animals that call Chicago’s free zoo home. Invites for each tour are mailed to Donor Club members at the Explorers’ Circle member and above several weeks to prior to the event date. Please respond quickly if you’d like to attend—spots are limited and fill up fast!

VIP ZooLights Party

Sunday, December 6, 3–5 p.m.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is one of Chicago’s most beloved annual holiday traditions. More than 2 million lights transform the zoo into an enchanted, after-hours wonderland. Festivities include musical light shows, live ice carving, warm spiced wine, holiday shopping, photos with Santa and more. Members of the zoo’s Donor Club at the Council Associate level and above are invited to attend a VIP reception to kick off ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PowerShares QQQ. This indoor event includes an opportunity to view zoo animals, hear from educators and experience an iconic zoo building after hours—but that’s not all. Adults will enjoy beer and wine, and kids can get in on the action with a gourmet hot chocolate station and holiday-themed crafts and activities. Plus, they’ll take home a new plush friend.

Members-only Lectures

Coming this winter! Beat those winter blues with a cozy trip to Lincoln Park Zoo! Beginning this year we’re excited to offer a complimentary series of members-only lectures. These unique talks will explore a variety of topics—from Lincoln Park Zoo’s leadership role in maintaining healthy zoo populations to our global efforts to protect wildlife on the brink. Stay tuned for more details.


Not a Donor Club member? Donate today to keep Lincoln Park Zoo free for future generations.

Questions about the Annual Fund? Call our hotline at 312-742-2321.