Hours & Location

Current Hours

Summer Hours Are Here!

Open Every Day


8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends/holidays


10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekends/holidays


Closes 4:30 p.m.


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.

Chicago Air and Water Show Parking

August 20–21, 2022

Prepay using the Eventbrite link to receive a $10 discount.

Parking costs $65 for each car per day.

Member parking privileges for Individual, Household, and Safari-level memberships do not apply on these days.

Saturday, August 20 parking

Sunday, August 21 parking

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

Early Closures

  • Parts of the Camel & Zebra Area will be closed for aggregate replacement work between July 25–August 16.
  • Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo is closed to protect endangered black-crowned night herons nesting in the area.