Lincoln Park Zoo Reopens March 5

The zoo will welcome guests starting March 5. Face masks and reservations will be required.

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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.

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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.

Virtual Improv with The Second City

Sunday, March 7

Chicago’s most famous improv troupe dives into the animal kingdom.

Live Virtual Zoo Tours

February 28 & March 21

Get an insider look at the temporarily closed buildings, discover fascinating habitat design elements, and learn more about the zoo’s commitment to animal care and conservation.