Plan Your Summer Visit

From June 6 to September 5, Lincoln Park Zoo will open its gates at 8 a.m. with buildings opening at 10 a.m. Morning is a great time to visit the zoo as animals start their day!

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Movie Fest Presented by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Join Lincoln Park Zoo and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a night of movies and family-friendly fun!

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Helping Pollinator Populations

Conservation efforts can begin in your very own backyard! Learn how you can help monarch butterflies thrive.

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Meet Pilipili!

Meet Lincoln Park Zoo’s newest arrival, African lion cub Pilipili!

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Members Make an Impact

Members help keep the zoo free while also receiving exclusive benefits, like parking and event discounts, members-only access, and more.

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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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Adults Night Out: ’90s Block Party

Thursday, August 18

Get ready to celebrate the summer in style with Adults Night Out: ‘90s Block Party!

Movie Fest Presented by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Friday, September 16

Meet Chicago’s newest, coolest cinema with Movie Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo! Prowl on over and make CATS an interactive experience, or grab your cubs and go VIP with KING OF THE JUNGLE tickets to see THE LION KING next to a real pride of lions!

Second Saturday Garden Tours

Second Saturday Each Month: July–October

Join fellow nature lovers for a guided tour of Lincoln Park Zoo’s diverse plant life and ecosystems.