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The Pride of Chicago

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The Pride of Chicago capital campaign is a $135 million effort committed to advancing Lincoln Park Zoo’s reputation as an immersive home for wildlife; an inspiring and free experience for guests; and a leader in conservation, science, and learning. Now in the campaign’s home stretch, the zoo has begun construction on the capstone project: Pepper Family Wildlife Center.

Show Your Pride

Illustration of The Pride of Chicago donor wall

Support the Zoo, Leave a Legacy 

Join The Pride of Chicago and become part of a legacy.

The historic lion house is the centerpiece of Lincoln Park Zoo. This incredible landmark has served as a habitat for majestic African lions, other big cats, and canids for more than 108 years.

Your support will transform this architectural gem into a state-of-the-art habitat for lions that highlights the zoo’s wildlife conservation programs when Pepper Family Wildlife Center opens in late 2021.

The Pride of Chicago Tribute Wall in the new Pepper Family Wildlife Center pays homage to the rich history and architecture of the building, drawing inspiration from the decorative mosaic tiles at the entrance facades.

Personalized plaques on stained wood tiles of varying sizes will span the Tribute Wall and reflect your support of The Pride of Chicago campaign. Join the legacy today.


SOLD OUT Grassland: Gift of $10,000
21” x 5” gold plaque metal inscription plaque over a wood tile
Up to 30 characters per line and up to three lines

Savanna: Gift of $5,000
13.75” x 5” silver plaque metal inscription plaque over a wood tile
Up to 30 characters per line and up to four lines

Desert: Gift of $2,500
5.6” x 5” bronze plaque over a wood tile
Up to 14 characters per line and up to six lines


Orders and first payment must be received by June 30, 2021, to ensure your plaque will be installed by the fall 2021 opening of Pepper Family Wildlife Center.

Purchase a Tile

For more information regarding the Tribute Wall and payment installation opportunities, please contact Elizabeth Gillette at 312-742-2332 or

About the Campaign

Thanks to The Pride of Chicago capital campaign, Lincoln Park Zoo has opened three innovative animal habitats, completed a full makeover of the Main Mall, built the state-of-the-art Hurvis Family Learning Center, and opened Searle Visitor Center.

Show Your Pride