Two eastern black rhinoceroses in exhibit

We Are Closed

Lincoln Park Zoo is closed through March 4, but will reopen to zoo members on two weekends: January 9–10 and February 27–28.

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Stay Tuned to the Zoo

Check out new episodes of Stay Tuned to the Zoo every Tuesday and Thursday on the Lincoln Park Zoo YouTube channel!

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New Arrivals

Meet the zoo’s newest residents, from small to rhino, and explore our world-class animal care program.

Meet the Animals

Gifts and Giving

Discover unique gifts and giving options that support your free zoo.

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Wild coyote standing beneath an electrical tower

Understanding Urban Wildlife

The Urban Wildlife Information Network is making cities part of the solution to the biodiversity crisis.

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Guests crossing the Main Mall during the day A map of the zoo Polar bear in exhibit Guests crossing the Main Mall at night Young guests peering through glass into an animal habitat

Creating a Place for Connection

In a city where skyscrapers are built every day, Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to being the place in Chicago for all things wildlife—where children learn to love animals, where adults rediscover what it’s like to wonder, and where nature isn’t just an escape, but the priority.

Work Grounded in Purpose

Animal Care staff working with a seal


Animal care comes first. It’s why we prioritize individual well-being over everything. With the help of our scientific research team, staff and volunteers work to provide the best animal care and welfare outcomes for each animal.

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Bali myna in exhibit


The first step in protecting wildlife populations is learning how; the next step is doing something about it. With one of the largest zoo-based conservation and science programs in the country, we fund, support, and lead research projects locally and globally.

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Bali myna in exhibit
A zoo educators talking to young guests


We all share one global wildlife community. Through engagement and education, we connect people with nature across the greater Chicagoland area. Our commitment to community here contributes to defending wildlife everywhere.

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Upcoming Events

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Virtual Animal Experiences

Various Dates: February–July

Join an animal expert for an intimate look at the fascinating animals at Lincoln Park Zoo through one of four unique formats: Meet-and-Greet, Cognition and Care, Enrichment, or Feeding.

Chilean flamingos in exhibit

Virtual Breakfast with the Animals: the Birds & the Bees

Sunday, February 14

Whip up some breakfast for your family and enjoy these unique talks about the zoo’s inhabitants by the experts who care for them.

The Chris White Trio Tribute to ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Sunday, December 13

Experience the Chris White Jazz Trio’s take on one of the season’s classic soundtracks—Vince Guaraldi’s 1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas—streamed live from Lincoln Park Zoo.