Masks are encouraged indoors. In accordance with City mandates, masks are no longer required. To support animal health, the zoo does encourage guests to make the individual decision to wear a mask.
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
With your help, we have successfully concluded The Pride of Chicago capital campaign with over $143 million raised from more than 700 contributors.
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
Holiday Market has been cancelled this year to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. If you can, please support local business, such as the local makers you would’ve found at Holiday Market:
Abbey Brown Soap Artisan
Made Simply Sweeter!
ADORN Candles & Home Fragrance
Created by Collette
Recycled by Robin
The Winding Road
Usborne Books & More
Murray’s Irish Outfitters
Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston
Every Chocolate For The Culture
Rollicking Buckaroo Pepper Jam
Board to Art
Clix2pix by Georgia
Redefined Map Design
Rita Skarha Art Glass Studio
Treasures by the Tide
La Familia Green
Casey Stanberry Art
Chicago Dog Co.
Mac’s Mighty Paws
Sandeez Jewelry & Embroidery
Six Point Pet
Brian’s Art for Animals
Xessories by Xresonthy