Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo

Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo

Saturday, June 15

6-10 p.m.

$65 General Admission, $80 Early Entry




Get ready to savor the flavor of more than 100 craft beers and ciders! Join us for the zoo’s annual Craft Brews event, hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo and Lou Dog Events!

Enjoy a night of pure fun, exclusively for adults over the age of 21. Take a leisurely stroll through zoo gardens, where beer-tasting stations await with a diverse selection of brews to explore. Grab delicious bites from the available food trucks, vibe to live music, and see your favorite animal! It’s an after-hours experience that seamlessly blends entertainment, nature, and craft beer delights!

Digital Program

Check out and download the Craft Brews Digital Program!


General Admission tickets include exclusive after-hours access to Lincoln Park Zoo from 7–10 p.m. as well as tickets for 20 3-ounce tastings and a souvenir tasting glass.

Get ready for even more fun! Elevate your evening with an Early Access ticket, granting you entry to Lincoln Park Zoo at 6 p.m. for the event. This not only ensures you get the full event experience but allows you an extra hour of beer-tasting enjoyment!

All ticket holders must be 21+ with valid ID.

Tickets will be available for purchase soon

What’s Included

  • Twenty 3-ounce tastings
  • One event souvenir glass
  • Opportunities to chat with representatives from 40+ breweries, many from the Chicagoland area
  • After-hours access to the gardens and animal habitats at the zoo
  • Yard games to play on the lawn
  • Live band playing music all night
  • Food for purchase at a variety of food trucks



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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 nonrefundable. If you are not able to make it to the event, feel free to give your ticket to a friend or family member age 21 or older. All events will be held rain or shine. Please dress accordingly!

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 zoo gates. 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. It is recommended for rideshares to drop off and pick up guests outside of the zoo’s West Gate at Stockton Drive and Webster Drive.

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 nontransferable and nonrefundable.

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?

Please make note of the below items that are restricted for this event:

  • No filled reusable water bottles or beverage containers
  • 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 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

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

Plan your visit to Lincoln Park Zoo with our accessibility map and by visiting our accessibility page. Lincoln Park Zoo is certified Sensory Inclusive by KultureCity. Please download the free KultureCity app with Lincoln Park Zoo’s social narrative either on iOS or Android

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email

Interested in volunteering at Lincoln Park Zoo? Email

Have other questions or issues not listed here? Email

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