Hours & Location

Current Hours

Summer Hours Are Here!


10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

Open until 7 p.m. (June 5 through September 5, plus the Fourth of July and Labor Day.)


East Gate & Paid Parking
2400 N. Cannon Drive


Administrative Office

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


Membership Benefits

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

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Taxis & Rideshares

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


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


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


Parking is free for the first half hour. After that, rates range from $20–35 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.

Take Action With Us


The 22, 36, 151, and 156 buses stop along the western edge of the zoo.

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


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.


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.


Searle Visitor Center

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

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The Member Center

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

Find on the Map

At the Visitor Center, guests can find:

• The Information Desk
• 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.)

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

Seasonal Hours


10 a.m.–5 p.m.


10 a.m.–5 p.m.

April–Memorial Day 2021

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Delayed Openings & Early Closures

  • Early Closure: Saturday, July 31, at 4 p.m.
  • Early Closure: Thursday, August 26, at 3 p.m.
  • Early Closure: Friday, September 17, at 3 p.m.
  • Early Closure: Saturday, September 18, at 3 p.m.
  • Early Closure: Thursday, October 28, at 3 p.m.
  • Early Closure: Thursday, December 9, at 3 p.m.