Guests overlooking Kovler Seal Pool Guests overlooking Kovler Seal Pool

Things to Do

COVID-19 Update

To ensure the safety of our staff and the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all programs and offerings listed below are suspended until further notice. We look forward to resuming these offerings when it is safe to do so per state and city guidelines.

Daily Activities*

Animal Care staff working with seal
Guests watching a training session with a western lowland gorilla

Lincoln Park Zoo’s daily activities are open to all ages but change from season to season. This season’s activities are listed below; however, all programs are subject to cancellation due to animal needs or inclement weather. Programs last approximately 10 minutes.

Daily activities are generously supported by Bank of America.

Seal Training

Map Marker Icon 11 a.m.

Learn how positive reinforcement training benefits animal welfare.

Ape Cognition and Care 

Map Marker Icon 1:30 p.m., Monday–Friday

Discover the surprising methods used to learn about and care for great apes.

Seal Training

Map Marker Icon 2 p.m.

Learn how positive reinforcement training benefits animal welfare.


African penguin during a Malott Family Penguin Encounter

Malott Family Penguin Encounter

Will Resume in Summer 2022

Experience the zoo from the inside with penguins waddling right at your feet! Get a personal introduction to some of the African penguins living at Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove, and find out what their daily lives are like both at the zoo and on the southern African coast.

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Children riding Lionel Train Adventure

Lionel Train Adventure

Tickets: $4 for 1 , $36 for 10, $69 for 20

Hobbyists have been stoked about Lionel Trains since 1900, the year the iconic train manufacturer was founded. Now, the Lionel Train Adventure ride at Lincoln Park Zoo is on track to become another cherish pastime.

This beautifully crafted attraction is located near the zoo’s West Gate and just south of Regenstein Macaque Forest. The trackless, 28-passenger train crossed over a quaint country bridge and wends past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a redbrick station. It features passenger cars, a coal car, and a wheelchair-accessible caboose.

Adult and child riding AT&T Endangered Species Carousel

AT&T Endangered Species Carousel

Tickets: $4 for 1 , $36 for 10, $69 for 20

The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel is a Chicago landmark adorned with 48 intricately hand-carved and beautifully hand-painted replicas of threatened animal species, plus two chariots. Both the young and the young-at-heart will enjoy these colorful models of baby gorillas, zebras, wild dogs, and more.

Early Childhood Activities


Edible Gardens

April–October: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
For all ages

Map Marker Icon 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Join zoo volunteers and staff from the Green City Market to plant, weed, compost, and harvest–establishing a deeper connection to the resources that sustain humanity. The seasonal green-thumb fun includes planting tomatoes, pulling weeds, thinning carrots, harvesting green beans, and digging purple potatoes.