Pepper Family Wildlife Center Now Open

No reservations required. Face coverings are required in zoo buildings.

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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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Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow

Ramp up to Halloween with a DJ, Pumpkin Walk, fall photo stops, and seasonal cocktails!

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ADOPT a Lion

Lions are back at your zoo! Support their care with an ADOPT donation.

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Tanzania Conservation Research Program

Learn how Lincoln Park Zoo is helping people and wildlife thrive together in Tanzania.

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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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Fall Fest

Fridays–Sundays October 8–October 31 and Monday, October 11

‘Gourd’-ge yourself on free harvest fun at Lincoln Park Zoo! This year, in order to prioritize safety as you celebrate the joys, smells, and colors of autumn, we’ve reimagined our seasonal offerings.

Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow

Thursday, October 28

Guests will enjoy unique animal chats, educational entertainment, a live DJ, and multiple bars throughout the zoo at this after-hours event.

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Haunted History at Lincoln Park Zoo

Select Dates: October 12-27

Join Adam Selzer—author, podcaster, and host of Mysterious Chicago Tours—for spine-tingling virtual walkabouts that dig into the zoo’s cemetery roots and locations from throughout its allegedly haunted history.