Plan Your Visit
The zoo is located off Lake Shore Drive, just minutes north of downtown Chicago. Hours vary by season.
The zoo is for everyone. Learn about how people with disabilities can make the most of their trip.
The answers to all your zoo-related questions.
An interactive map to help you maximize your experience.
Snag a souvenir at the Gift Shop and grab a bite at The Patio at Café Brauer, Bird’s Eye Bar & Grill, or Park Place Café.
Creating a safe, welcoming space for all is a responsibility for everyone.
Everyday activities and experiences to make your visit that much better.
Calendar & Events
Go beyond the everyday zoo experience during one of our many special events. Each is unique, with one thing in common: the wildest backdrop in the city.View Upcoming Events
Choose Your Own Adventure
Pick a self-guided tour to experience the zoo your way. All tours start and end at the Gift Shop near the center of the zoo. For a less hectic visit, we recommend visiting early in the morning, on weekdays, and during the fall and winter seasons.
Must-See Highlights Tour
Get an overview of what Lincoln Park Zoo has to offer with a tour that showcases the most popular habitats, spaces, and attractions.
- AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
- Polar Bears
- Chilean Flamingos
- Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloths
- African Penguins
- Western Lowland Gorillas
Big & Furry Tour
See some of the zoo’s most popular animals: nature’s “charismatic megafauna.”
- Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth
- Polar Bear
- Eastern Black Rhinoceros
- Harbor Seal
- Western Lowland Gorilla
- American Black Bear
Weird & Wonderful Tour
Choose the trail less traveled and explore the more fascinating characters at the zoo, including arachnids and reptiles.
- Golden Silk Spider
- Cinereous Vulture
- Crowned Lemur
- West African Gaboon Viper
- Egyptian Fruit Bat
- Naked Mole Rat
Green & Leafy Tour
Get some shade as you visit some of the trees—some very old, all very beautiful—that helped earn Lincoln Park Zoo arboretum accreditation.
- Bur Oak
- Flowering Dogwood
- Golden Rain Tree
- Weeping Purple European Beech
- Tulip Poplar