Plan a Winter Visit

The coldest season of the year is an amazing time to come to the zoo! With less crowds, you can enjoy even closer connections with the animals.

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Welcome Three Lion Cubs!

The African lion pride continues to grow at Pepper Family Wildlife Center!

Meet the New Arrivals

ABCs of Lincoln Park Zoo

Did you know there’s an entire web series about the fun & unique happenings at Lincoln Park Zoo on our YouTube channel?

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Help Keep Your Zoo Free

80% of the zoo’s operating costs are supported by zoo members, donors, and visitors. You can help keep the zoo free by becoming a member or donor today!

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Read the Fall/Winter Lincoln Park Zoo Magazine

In this issue, read all about some of the surprising science taking place year-round and more!

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Guests crossing the Main Mall during the day A map of the zoo Polar bear in exhibit Guests crossing the Main Mall at night Young guests peering through glass into an animal habitat

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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Bali myna in exhibit


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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Run for the Zoo 2023

June 4

For more than four decades, runners of all levels and abilities have been raising money to support Lincoln Park Zoo with Run for the Zoo, now in its 45th year!

Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo

June 17

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!

Zoo Ball: Reaching New Heights

July 14, 2023

Funds raised from Zoo Ball: Reaching New Heights will be directed toward the present greatest needs for Lincoln Park Zoo, which includes support for animal care, the community, and conservation initiatives.