Masks are required in all zoo buildings. Per City of Chicago regulations, all individuals ages 5 and older must show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine in any of our seated dining establishments or attend a private event.
Hundreds of animal and plant species live at the zoo—from lemurs to lizards, flora to fauna.
Science happens here. Learn about our greater commitment to wildlife conservation.
Learning is one of our biggest initiatives. Explore our many programs dedicated to inspiring passion for wildlife.
Everything we do is rooted in our mission: to connect people with nature.
The zoo is free and open to everyone because of your support. Find out how you can contribute.
The Pride of Chicago
Support our capital campaign and help transform the zoo with exciting, engaging, and progressively designed exhibits and visitor spaces.
The zoo hosts dozens of events every year for families, adults, and members.
Did you know you can rent the zoo for your own private event? Learn More
By Chris Pullam