The zoo's West Gate

Hours & Location

Current Hours

May 1–24

Daily
8:00 a.m. – Gates and Farm-in-the-Zoo open
10:00 a.m. – Buildings open
4:30 p.m. – Buildings and Farm-in-the-Zoo close
5:00 p.m. – Gates close

May 25–September 2

Weekdays
8:00 a.m. – Gates and Farm-in-the-Zoo open
10:00 a.m. – Buildings open
4:30 p.m. – Buildings and Farm-in-the-Zoo close
5:00 p.m. – Gates close

Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day, 4th of July & Labor Day
8:00 a.m. – Gates and Farm-in-the-Zoo open
10:00 a.m. – Buildings open
4:30 p.m. – Farm-in-the-Zoo close
6:30 p.m. – Buildings close
7:00 p.m. – Gates close

Please note these hours do not include early closures for special events.

Location

Entrances

Administrative Office
2001 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614, USA

Parking

Membership Benefits
Zoo members receive discounted or free parking benefits, in addition to a host of other benefits.
Learn More

Taxis & Rideshares
Pickups and drop-offs should be directed to West Gate, near the corner of Stockton Drive and Webster Avenue.

Location
The parking lot entrance is located at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive (2400 N. Cannon Drive).

Hours
The parking lot opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m.

Rates
Parking is free for the first half hour. After that, rates range from $30–40 per day and include applicable parking taxes. Prices are subject to change.

Green Transportation

Help Cut Carbon

For those who have the option, traveling to Lincoln Park Zoo using alternative methods helps reduce your carbon footprint.
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Buses
The 22, 36, 151, and 156 buses stop along the western edge of the zoo.

Trains
The Brown and Purple lines stop at the Armitage station and the Red Line stops at the Fullerton Station, which are all about one mile west of the zoo.

To learn more about taking the CTA, call 312-836-7000 or use the CTA’s trip-planner.

Bicycles
Bicycle racks are located near East Gate, West Gate, North Gate, and Café Brauer Gate, with additional racks along Cannon and Stockton drives. There are also several nearby Divvy stations.

Information

Searle Visitor Center
The zoo’s guest services are located inside Searle Visitor Center at the zoo’s East Gate entrance.

At the Visitor Center, guests can find:

  • General zoo information
  • First aid and Public Safety
  • The lost and found
  • Strollers, wheelchairs, and electric convenience vehicles
  • A quiet room (for breastfeeding, prayer, quiet space, air conditioning, etc.)

The Member Center
The Member Center, generously funded by the Women’s Board, is located across the courtyard in the west wing of the Visitor Center.

At the Member Center, guests can:

  • Join the zoo, renew membership, or purchase a gift membership
  • ADOPT an Animal
  • Purchase a gift for an animal from the zoo’s Wish List
  • Make a donation of any amount
  • Discover member benefits, like free parking, access to members-only events, and discounts at the Gift Shop and on ticketed events
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