Chimpanzee in exhibit

Calendar & Events

Featured Event

Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago Party

Thursday, April 25

Celebrate Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago – nominated and voted by the people of this great city – at Lincoln Park Zoo this April!
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Upcoming Events


Friday, April 26

Want to support your favorite animals and have an unforgettable night? Join the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo on Friday, April 26, for the 12th anniversary of its signature cocktail party, Zoo-ologie!

Sound Meditation with Jay Taylor


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.

Run for the Zoo 2024

Sunday, June 2

For more than four decades, runners of all levels and abilities have supported Lincoln Park Zoo with Run for the Zoo, now in its 46th year! Run for the Zoo makes it easy for anyone—from toddlers to elite athletes—to help support their favorite species at the zoo and save them in the wild.

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Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo

Saturday, June 15

Savor the flavor of more than 100 craft beers and ciders at Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual tasting evening!

Lincoln Park Zoo X River North Fests

Come for a cocktail, stay for a roaring good time. 21+ only.
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Lincoln Park Zoo’s Annual 21+ Series: Adults Night Out

Here’s your chance to explore Lincoln Park Zoo after the gates close! No kids. No crowds. Just strolling and sipping and getting some much-needed outdoor time in one of Chicago’s most beautiful places.

Adults Night Out: Pride Party (21+)


Adults Night Out: Howl-o-ween (21+)


Adults Night Out: Holidaze (21+)



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, July 5 – September 27

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 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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