Two eastern black rhinoceroses in exhibit

We Are Open

In order to support social distancing, free admission reservations are now required. Zoo members get access to members-only days and timeslots!

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ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ

The festive holiday tradition is back! Enjoy safe, outdoor family fun under the glow of millions of lights. Tickets are $5 per person.

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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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ZooLights Virtual Challenge Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ

November 27–January 3

Join family and friends to run one of four virtual distances: Ultra Marathon (52.4 miles), Marathon (26.2 miles), Half Marathon (13.1 miles), or Kids’ distance (2.62 miles).

Guests enjoying light displays during ZooLights

Adults Night Out: Holidaze

Thursday, December 10

Enjoy millions of LED lights, seasonal drinks, an enchanted forest, music, and bars throughout the zoo at this unique after-hours experience.

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.