Masks are encouraged indoors. In accordance with City mandates, masks are no longer required. To support animal health, the zoo does encourage guests to make the individual decision to wear a mask.
Hundreds of animal and plant species live at the zoo—from lemurs to lizards, flora to fauna.
Science happens here. Learn about our greater commitment to wildlife conservation.
Learning is one of our biggest initiatives. Explore our many programs dedicated to inspiring passion for wildlife.
Everything we do is rooted in our mission: to connect people with nature.
The zoo is free and open to everyone because of your support. Find out how you can contribute.
The Pride of Chicago
With your help, we have successfully concluded The Pride of Chicago capital campaign with over $143 million raised from more than 700 contributors.
The zoo hosts dozens of events every year for families, adults, and members.
Did you know you can rent the zoo for your own private event? Learn More
The open-air pavilion is a gorgeous setting for an outdoor wedding, picnic, or other special occasion. It overlooks Waterfowl Lagoon and Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond, both home to beautiful flora and fauna.