Adults Night Out at Lincoln Park Zoo

Adults Night Out at Lincoln Park Zoo


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, an ages 21+ event, features live music and DJs, after-hours access to Lincoln Park Zoo’s gardens and animal habitats, lawn games, unique and interesting chats about the animals from our experts, pop-up bars with plenty of food and beverage for purchase, and so much more!

Pricing & Early Bird Discount Ticket

Adults Night Out: Pride Party: Early Bird Discount Ticket $15, $20 after April 26 at 9 a.m.
Adults Night Out: Howl-o-ween: Early Bird Discount Ticket $20, $25 after July 1 at 9 a.m.
Adults Night Out: Holidaze: Early Bird Discount Ticket, $20, $25 after October 28 at 9 a.m.

Save money and have more fun by purchasing the “Season Pass” to access all three Adult Night Out events!
Adults Night Out: Season Pass: $50

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Upcoming Events

Adults Night Out: Pride Party (21+)

Thursday, June 27

6:30–10 p.m.

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

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

Thursday, October 24

6:30–10 p.m.

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

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Adults Night Out: Holidaze (21+)

Thursday, December 12

6:30–10 p.m.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What parts of the zoo will be open, and will I see animals?

This event will take place throughout Lincoln Park Zoo’s buildings and grounds.

Animals that live at Lincoln Park Zoo always have the choice to be indoors or out, in view of the public or not. This is a zoo policy that promotes positive animal welfare. We hope many animals will choose to be outside, but they may choose to spend their evening indoors.

Make sure to stop by animal habitats when they’re receiving enrichment (the schedule will be in your online program) for the highest likelihood of great animal viewing!

Is this event accessible?

Yes! To learn more about accessibility at Lincoln Park Zoo, please visit To view the accessibility map of Lincoln Park Zoo, click here.

For guests who identify as disabled, Deaf, or chronically ill, please email for information on accommodations or to ask questions about the event experience.

What are the age restrictions for this event?

No one under age 21 will be permitted into the event. All guests must have a ticket.

Can I purchase tickets at the gate?

Maybe. If tickets remain available, a limited number of tickets will be for sale at the entrance gates for a higher price. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance, though, as this event always sells out quickly!

I am a member. How can I apply my membership benefits?

Members receive 20% off tickets.

When members log into with membership credentials, the discount will automatically be applied.

Not a member? Simply add a membership to your cart at checkout and the 20% discount will also automatically be applied. Choose the level of membership that best suits you and your household. Join for $69, $95, $189 or $365 per year. You’ll receive discounts on parking, merchandise, food, events, and much more! For more information, visit

Can I transfer my tickets or get a refund? What happens if there is inclement weather?

All Lincoln Park Zoo event tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be transferred to a different event. If you are not able to make it to the event, feel free to give your ticket to a friend or family member over the age of 21. All events will be held rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, we will move what we can indoors or under cover. Please check the weather and dress accordingly!

How do I enter the event and can I re-enter once checked in?

Enter the zoo at the East Gate on Cannon Drive and Fullerton Parkway (the zoo’s parking lot) or the West Gate at Stockton Drive and Webster Drive. Tickets can be scanned on your smartphone or on a printed sheet of paper. Re-entry is not permitted.

What items are prohibited at this event?

Please make note of restricted items:

  • No filled water bottles, beverage containers, cans, or bottles
  • No folding chairs
  • No luggage of any kind
  • No animals (with the exception of service animals)
  • No coolers (unless medically required)
  • No illegal substances
  • No noisemakers or balloons
  • No Segways or motorized scooters
  • No thermal containers
  • No weapons
  • No remote-controlled aircrafts or drones
  • No items deemed dangerous or inappropriate

Alcohol purchased outside the zoo is prohibited. We ask that you refrain from smoking tobacco and cannabis inside the gates for the health and safety of our animals and visitors. Lincoln Park Zoo’s Code of Conduct can be found here.

No firearms or weapons of any kind are allowed, except for on-duty police or security personnel. For the safety of guests, staff, volunteers, and animals, all purses, bags, and other items carrying personal belongings are subject to inspection upon entry.

Contact Us

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email

Have accessibility needs or need help buying a ticket? Email

Interested in volunteering at Lincoln Park Zoo? Email

Have other questions or issues not listed here? Email

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