Masks are required indoors

Face coverings are required in all buildings. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test must be shown in dining areas.

Plan Your Visit

Run for the Zoo

Support care, community, and conservation with our beginner-friendly 5K and 10K walk/run.

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Measuring Animal Welfare

Learn how we use science to continuously enhance animal welfare and provide the best care possible.

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Supporting Your Zoo

Help keep your zoo free and open to all, 365 days a year.

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Meet our new President & CEO, Dr. Megan Ross

Read about Dr. Ross’s vision for wildlife, animal welfare, and the zoo.

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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

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Care

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

Conservation

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

Community

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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Run for the Zoo 2022

June 5–13

Stay active, connect to nature, and support Lincoln Park Zoo during this critical time—all while staying safe and practicing social distancing in your own community!

Guests enjoying light displays during ZooLights

Adults Night Out: Holidaze

Thursday, December 16

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

Zoo Year’s Eve

December 31

Take a break from the bars and start a new tradition: spend New Year’s Eve at Lincoln Park Zoo!