Open Every Day

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

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Adults Night Out

Celebrate block-party style among wildlife and gardens during this adults-only, after-hours event.

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A New Home for Big Cats

Pepper Family Wildlife Center will feature lions, Canada lynx, snow leopards, and red pandas.

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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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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

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Care

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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Conservation

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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Community

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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Adults Night Out: Summer Block Party

Thursday, August 26

Explore Lincoln Park Zoo after the gates close. No kids or crowds—just strolling, sipping, and possibly getting a little too competitive with some lawn games.

African painted dog in exhibit

Breakfast with the Animals Presented by Nutella

Saturday, August 21, & Saturday, September 25

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

Cocktails for Conservation: Sustainable Mixology Class

Thursday, September 9

Sustainability focused mixology class where you'll learn about herbs and plants while crafting cocktails in a beautiful outdoor setting.