Chimpanzee in exhibit

Calendar & Events

Featured Event

Run for the Zoo

Sunday, June 4

6 a.m.–12 p.m.

For more than four decades, runners of all levels and abilities have been raising money to support Lincoln Park Zoo with Run for the Zoo, now in its 45th year!
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Upcoming Events

Zoo-ologie 2023

Friday, June 2
7—10 p.m.

Hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoo-ologie is back and celebrating its 11th anniversary! Tickets to this upscale cocktail event include an open bar, bites from Chicago’s best restaurants, dancing, and a silent auction—all within the beautiful, historic walls of Café Brauer.

Sound Meditation with Jay Taylor

June 13
9—10 a.m.

Lie back, breathe, and allow the powerful frequencies of crystal singing bowls and percussive instruments to support you in reaching deep states of relaxation.

Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo

June 17
7—10 p.m.

Savor a selection of more than 100 craft beers and ciders at the eighth annual Craft Brews beer festival, hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo and Lou Dog Events!

SuperZoo Picnic

June 23, 2023
5—8:30 p.m.

SuperZooPicnic is our exclusive, after-hours celebration just for Lincoln Park Zoo members. Members and their guests get the entire zoo to themselves for an evening of family fun!

Zoo Ball: Reaching New Heights

July 14, 2023
6:30 p.m.

Funds raised from Zoo Ball: Reaching New Heights will be directed toward the present greatest needs for Lincoln Park Zoo, which includes support for animal care, the community, and conservation initiatives.

Summer Wine Fest

July 28, 2023
6:30—10 p.m.

Summer Wine Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo is back! Featuring 50 wines from lead winemaking regions, this 21+ event is not to be missed.


Summer Hybrid BioBlitz

Friday, August 18

Join us for a Summer Hybrid BioBlitz in partnership with the City Nature Challenge! The purpose of a BioBlitz is to get an overall count of the flora and fauna that live in a particular area.

Play! at Farm-in-the-Zoo

Wednesdays beginning in May

From sorting pinecones to digging in smooth seeds, children ages 1–5 will explore the sights, smells, and textures that nature has to offer during this free, open-ended experience.

Campout at the Zoo

Saturdays, June 10, July 8 & 22, & 29, August 12 & 26

Interested in seeing Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals after hours? Join us for Saturday evening only or the overnight campout!

Second Saturday Garden Tours

Second Saturday Each Month: May–September

10–11 a.m.

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

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Wildlife Awareness Days 2023

Join Lincoln Park Zoo for chats, animal enrichment, and special activities throughout the day.

Earth Day

April 22

Arbor Day

April 28

Endangered Species Day

May 19

World Giraffe Day

June 21

Pollinator Week Celebration

June 23

World Chimpanzee Day

July 14

Arctic Sea Ice Day

July 15

World Lion Day

August 10

World African Painted Dog Day

August 26

World Rhino Day

September 22

World Gorilla Day

September 24