Masks are encouraged indoors

In accordance with City mandates, masks are no longer required. The zoo encourages guests to make the individual decision to wear a mask.

Plan Your Visit

Family Nights at the Zoo

Enjoy a night of family fun after hours at the zoo! Featuring animal chats, free carousel and train rides, live music, and deals on dinner.

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Meet Pilipili!

Meet Lincoln Park Zoo’s newest arrival, African lion cub Pilipili!

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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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Meet our new President & CEO, Dr. Megan Ross

Read about Dr. Ross’s vision for wildlife, animal welfare, and the zoo.

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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 2022

June 5

Stay active, connect to nature, and support Lincoln Park Zoo during this critical time—all while staying safe and practicing social distancing in your own community!

Zoo-ologie 10th Anniversary

Thursday, June 9

Zoo-ologie, hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo, is an upscale cocktail event at Café Brauer that features food, dancing, and a silent auction. Proceeds go toward helping the zoo meet its greatest needs.

Family Nights

May 31 and June 7

Bring the kiddos for a night of family fun! Explore the zoo and enjoy animal chats, free AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure rides, live music, and deals on dinner.