Chimpanzee in exhibit

Calendar & Events

Featured Event

Adults Night Out: Pride Party Presented by On The Rocks Premium Cocktails and -196 Vodka Seltzer (21+)

Thursday, June 27

At this adults-only event full of good vibes, you can dance to a live DJ, participate in drag bingo, enjoy unique animal chats, and show your Pride!
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Upcoming Events

Adults Night Out: Pride Party Presented by On The Rocks Premium Cocktails and -196 Vodka Seltzer (21+)

Thursday, June 27

At this adults-only event full of good vibes, you can dance to a live DJ, participate in drag bingo, enjoy unique animal chats, and show your Pride!

Summer Wine Fest

Friday, July 26

Summer Wine Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo is back! Featuring 50 wines from leading winemaking regions, this summer garden party is not to be missed.

Sound Meditation with Jay Taylor

SELECT DATES May 4-OCTOBER 5

Join sound meditation facilitator Jay Taylor for a series of hour-long immersive experiences inside Pepper Family Wildlife Center. Lie back and relax as his singing bowls enter the sonic landscape; you will be guided through some light breathing, easing you into a meditative state.

Super Zoo Picnic

FRIday, June 21

Super Zoo Picnic 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: Wild Everest

Friday, July 12

Zoo Ball, now in its 47th year, is the zoo’s signature fundraiser. The gala helps ensure Lincoln Park Zoo remains free and open to all and provides critical support for animal care and welfare, global conservation initiatives, learning and community engagement programs. Join us!

Oksoberfest: An alcohol-free celebration

Friday, September 20

Willkommen zum Oksoberfest! Lincoln Park Zoo and Chicago AF are thrilled to host the alcohol-free and adults-only version of Germany’s classic Oktoberfest celebration.

Oktoberfest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Saturday, September 21

Oans, zwoa, g’suffa! Tap into fall with a German flair at Oktoberfest at Lincoln Park Zoo! Try a variety of German beers, grab a giant pretzel (or two!,) swing to the tune of a live polka band, and more at this unique, after-hours experience. Prost!

Adults Night Out: Howl-o-ween Presented by On The Rocks Premium Cocktails and -196 Vodka Seltzer (21+)

Thursday, October 24

Revel in a “fang”-tastic evening featuring carnival rides, a spooky haunted trail, live dueling pianos, costumes, and other fall festivities!

Adults Night Out: Holidaze Presented by On The Rocks Premium Cocktails and -196 Vodka Seltzer (21+)

Thursday, December 12

RSpend a wonderfully wintry evening under millions of twinkling lights. Enjoy grown-up excitement that’ll infuse you with seasonal spirit all night long.

Lincoln Park Zoo X River North Fests

Come for a cocktail, stay for a roaring good time. 21+ only.
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Programs

LEAP: Learn, Explore, and Play

Select Dates September 20–November 18

Join us for a morning of investigating and exploring the natural world through play. Children guide the way as they choose whether to dig in the dirt, manipulate loose parts, create a collaborative work of art, or settle in with a story underneath a canopy of colorful fabric.

Play! at Farm-in-the-Zoo

Wednesdays
Memorial Day through Labor Day
2024 Season: May 29–August 28

From sorting pine cones 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 on June 8, June 22, July 20, & July 27

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

Wildlife Awareness Days 2024

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

Earth Day

April 22

Arbor Day

April 26

Endangered Species Day

May 17

Pollinator Week

June 18

World Chimpanzee Day

July 14

World Lion Day

August 10

World Rhino Day

September 22

World Gorilla Day

September 24

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