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Get ready for fall and head to your free zoo to experience lush autumn colors in the heart of Chicago.

Plan Your Visit

Fall Fest Starts September 30

Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual free fall celebration is back on September 30!

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New Middle School Program This Fall

Middle schoolers will dive deep into conservation topics with others at Lincoln Park Zoo during this free Malott Family R.O.A.R Corps program!

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New Arrival: African Penguin Chick

Meet the new chick at Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove!

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Members Make an Impact

Members help keep the zoo free while also receiving exclusive benefits, like parking and event discounts, members-only access, 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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Fall Fest

Fridays–Sundays September 30–October 30 and Monday, October 10

Dive into the wonderful world of autumn—from picking the perfect pumpkin to nostalgic Ferris wheel rides above the foliage—with Lincoln Park Zoo’s eighth annual Fall Fest.

Old photo of Lincoln Park Zoo

Haunted History Tours 2022

Every Tuesday and Wednesday of October

Join Adam Selzer, author, podcaster, and host of Mysterious Chicago Tours, for spine-tingling walkabouts that dig into the zoo’s cemetery roots and locations from throughout its allegedly haunted history. These popular tours will sell out quickly, so scare up some tickets for yourself before they disappear!

Adults Night Out: Howl-o-ween

Thursday, October 27

Get ready for a fang-tastic time at Adults Night Out: Howl-o-ween!