Open Every Day

No reservations required. Face coverings are required in animal buildings.

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Adults Night OUT

Play Drag Bingo and lawn games, dance to DJ Scheiny, make your own music video, and more!

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New Arrivals

Meet the zoo’s newest residents, from small to rhino, and explore our world-class animal care program.

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The Price of Extinction

Help save threatened species with a collectible, limited-edition pass that lets you “take away” their threat.

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Wild coyote standing beneath an electrical tower

Understanding Urban Wildlife

The Urban Wildlife Information Network is making cities part of the solution to the biodiversity crisis.

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Creating a Place for Connection

In a city where skyscrapers are built every day, Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to being the place in Chicago for all things wildlife—where children learn to love animals, where adults rediscover what it’s like to wonder, and where nature isn’t just an escape, but the priority.

Work Grounded in Purpose

Animal Care staff working with a seal


Animal care comes first. It’s why we prioritize individual well-being over everything. With the help of our scientific research team, staff and volunteers work to provide the best animal care and welfare outcomes for each animal.

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The first step in protecting wildlife populations is learning how; the next step is doing something about it. With one of the largest zoo-based conservation and science programs in the country, we fund, support, and lead research projects locally and globally.

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Bali myna in exhibit
A zoo educators talking to young guests


We all share one global wildlife community. Through engagement and education, we connect people with nature across the greater Chicagoland area. Our commitment to community here contributes to defending wildlife everywhere.

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Upcoming Events

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Virtual Animal Experiences

Various Dates Through July

Join an animal expert for an intimate look at the fascinating animals at Lincoln Park Zoo through one of four unique formats: Meet-and-Greet, Cognition and Care, Enrichment, or Feeding.

Adults Night OUT

Saturday, June 26

Lincoln Park Zoo’s signature adults-only (18+) event returns June 26, just in time to ring in the summer and celebrate Pride Month!

African painted dog in exhibit

Breakfast with the Animals Presented by Nutella

Saturday, August 21, 2021 and Saturday, September 25, 2021

Get exclusive access and information about animals alongside a tasty, family-friendly morning meal with each Breakfast with the Animals Presented by Nutella event