Chimpanzee in exhibit

Calendar & Events

Featured Event

ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ

November 17, 2023–January 7, 2024

4:30—9/10 p.m.

This year’s ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ will include new and exciting displays, photo ops, and interactive programming all bundled up in the nostalgia of your favorite holiday tradition.
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Upcoming Events

Sensory-Friendly Night at ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ

Wednesday, December 6

During this special night, all blinking or moving lights will remain static or turned off, while the music will be turned down or off. Nightly capacity is limited to foster a safe and enjoyable guest experience, meaning there’s more space to enjoy the beautiful lights with your family and friends!

The Chris White Jazz Trio Tribute to A Charlie Brown Christmas

Sunday, December 10

Enjoy the music, dancing with Snoopy, eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate throughout the show. Then, be the first in line to meet Santa and see the lights once the show is over! Admission to the show includes admission to ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ.

Adults Night Out: Holidaze

Thursday, December 14

Join us for the final 21+ event of 2023—Adults Night Out: Holidaze! Enjoy unique animal chats, a live DJ, and food and bar locations throughout the zoo amid the magic of millions of holiday lights.


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, 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!

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: Summer Spectacular (21+)


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


Adults Night Out: Holidaze (21+)


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

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