Open Every Day

No reservations required. Face coverings are recommended in animal buildings.

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Take the Conservation Action Challenge

Take action with us and develop family-friendly, eco-conscious habits that support wildlife, both locally and globally.

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Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo

Savor a selection of 150+ craft beers and ciders at our popular tasting fest!

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Exclusive Member Benefits

Members get perks, like exclusive previews of Pepper Family Wildlife Center, early ZooLights ticket access, and more.

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Discover Our Impact

Learn about how Lincoln Park Zoo delivers on our commitments to care, community, and conservation.

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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

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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Fall Fest

Fridays–Sundays October 8–October 31 and Monday, October 11

‘Gourd’-ge yourself on free harvest fun at Lincoln Park Zoo! This year, in order to prioritize safety as you celebrate the joys, smells, and colors of autumn, we’ve reimagined our seasonal offerings.

Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo

September 18

Savor a selection of more than 150 beers at the sixth annual Craft Brews beer festival, hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo and Lou Dog Events.

Jamaican iguana in exhibit

Breakfast with the Animals Presented by Nutella

Saturday, September 25

Get exclusive access and information about animals alongside a tasty, family-friendly morning meal with each Breakfast with the Animals Presented by Nutella event.