Two eastern black rhinoceroses in exhibit

How to Visit

In order to support social distancing, free admission reservations are now required. Zoo members get access to members-only days and timeslots!

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Fall at the Zoo

Jack-o’-lanterns. Hay bales. Corn husks. That’s right…fall is here!

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New Arrivals

Meet the zoo’s newest residents, from small to rhino, and explore our world-class animal care program.

Meet the Animals

Adults and children building garden boxes

Community Engagement

The zoo collaborates and co-creates—listening to, and working with, community partners to bring their vision to life.

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Wild coyote standing beneath an electrical tower

Supporting Urban Wildlife

The Urban Wildlife Information Network is making cities part of the solution to the biodiversity crisis.

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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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Virtual Craft Brews at the Zoo

September 18 & 19

Savor a selection of craft beers at this sixth annual beer tasting hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo and Lou Dog Events!

Baby western lowland gorilla lying with mom in exhibit

Breakfast with the Animals: Great Apes

Sunday, September 20

Learn about western lowland gorillas during this one-of-a-kind breakfast at the zoo's Foreman Pavilion or virtually from the comfort of your own home.

Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow

Thursday, October 29

Enjoy seasonal activities—such as a pumpkin walk, a haunted trail, themed food, seasonal cocktails, and a socially distant movie—at this unique after-hours experience.