Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond overlook Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond overlook

Dedication Opportunities

Tribute plaques are a unique way to establish an enduring link to Lincoln Park Zoo, whether celebrating a loved one, a special occasion, or your own love for the zoo. Choose from a variety of dedication opportunities to leave a lasting honor or memorial.

Illustration of The Pride of Chicago donor wall

The Pride of Chicago Donor Wall

The Pride of Chicago donor wall inside the historic lion house recognizes contributors to the zoo’s current capital campaign. Located in Pepper Family Wildlife Center (opening in 2021), the wall pays homage to the building’s rich history and architectural integrity, drawing inspiration from the decorative mosaic tiles at the entrances. The design will include individual square tiles—fabricated from beautiful, natural wood—inscribed with the names of zoo supporters whose generosity helped transform this historic landmark into a priceless wildlife experience and an innovative home for big cats.

Dedication Opportunities

Bronze leaves for dedication

Bronze Leaves

Honor a loved one with a personalized tribute inscribed on a bronze leaf.

  • American Beech Leaf: A gift of $1,000
  • Sugar Maple Leaf: A gift of $3,000
  • American Linden Leaf: A gift of $5,000
  • Bur Oak Leaf: A gift of $10,000

Contact Director of Annual Giving Mariah Cunnick at 312-742-2171 or mcunnick@lpzoo.org.

Bench plaque

Benches

With gifts of $5,000 or more, benches can be dedicated at various locations scross the zoo. Bench plaque inscriptions can accommodate up to five lines of text with up to 50 characters per line.

Contact Director of Annual Giving Mariah Cunnick at 312-742-2171 or mcunnick@lpzoo.org.

Rock-embedded dedication plaque

Special Opportunities

For gifts starting at $25,000, special naming opportunities are available for gardens, habitats, buildings, and more.

Contact Senior Director of Principal Gifts Elizabeth Gillette at 312-742-2332 or egillette@lpzoo.org.

Eastern black rhinoceroses

Tribute Gifts

Make a donation to Lincoln Park Zoo in honor of a loved one. A tribute card will be sent to the recipient.

Make a Tribute Gift