Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo

Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo

Saturday, June 17

7-10 p.m.

$55 General Admission, $65 Early Entry


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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!

Beer tasting stations will be set up throughout the zoo’s beautiful gardens during this one-of-a-kind, after-hours experience just for adults. Ticket holders will also enjoy food for purchase, music, lawn games, and—of course—the zoo’s amazing animals!


General Admission tickets include entry to Lincoln Park Zoo beginning at 7 p.m. as well as tickets for twenty (20) 3-ounce tastings and (1) souvenir tasting glass.

Need more time? Purchase an Early Access ticket, which includes entry to Lincoln Park Zoo beginning at 6 p.m. for the full event experience plus an extra hour of beer-tasting!

All ticket holders must be 21+ with valid ID.


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What are the age restrictions for this event?

Craft Brews is an event for ages 21+ only. Children, including infants, are not permitted.

Is this event accessible?

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

My plans changed and I can no longer attend. What is the refund and exchange policy?

All Lincoln Park Zoo event tickets are non-refundable. If you are not able to make it to the event, feel free to give your ticket to a friend or family member. All events will be held rain or shine. Please dress accordingly!

I’m a Lincoln Park Zoo Member. How do I receive my discount?

Members get 10% off registration for all zoo events. To redeem your member discount:

  1. Click “REGISTER NOW” at the top of the website.
  2. Click “TICKETS.”
  3. In the top-right-hand corner, select “ENTER PROMOTIONAL CODE.”
  4. Enter the first three digits of your Lincoln Park Zoo membership number.
  5. Select “APPLY CODE.”
  6. Select the number of tickets you need and proceed to checkout.
Will more tickets become available at a later date?

No. Tickets are first come, first served. We suggest buying your tickets early, as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available at a later date.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?

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

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.

Is parking available?

Paid parking is available at the zoo’s parking lot located at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive (2400 N. Cannon Drive). The zoo is also accessible by train via the Armitage and Fullerton stations and by bus via the 22, 36, 151, and 156 routes.

Do I need to print my ticket?

Nope! All guests must show their ticket for entry. For the most efficient experience, please have your PDF ticket ready on your smartphone.

Will I see animals?

Hopefully! Most outdoor and indoor habitats will be open for viewing. However, all animals have the choice to be in view of guests or behind the scenes.

What if it rains?

Craft Brews takes place rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. Tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable.

Will there be food available for purchase?

Yes! A variety of delicious food options will be available for purchase across zoo grounds.

What can’t I bring or do at Craft Brews?

Lincoln Park Zoo has a firm policy regarding restricted items for this event. Please make note of the below items that are not allowed:

No 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, and 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.

For the safety of our visitors, staff, and animals, all bags, purses, strollers, packages, and other items carrying personal belongings are subject to inspection upon entry to Lincoln Park Zoo.

More Information

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