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 may be suspended at any time.

ASL Information

In partnership with Columbia College’s ASL-English Interpretation program, Lincoln Park Zoo Guest Engagement demonstrations feature American Sign Language interpreters in spring, summer, and fall. Please contact for more information and availability.

Daily Activities

Guests watching a training session with a western lowland gorilla

Lincoln Park Zoo’s daily activities last approximately 10 minutes and are open to all ages. Some of this season’s activities are listed below; however, all programs are subject to cancellation due to animal needs, inclement weather, or to ensure public safety. Additional programs may happen spontaneously around the zoo at various times.

Seal Training And Feeding

Kovler Seal Pool
11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m

Training isn’t just for show—it helps us care for the animals! Learn how by watching this daily training session.

Ape Cognition and Care

Regenstein Center for African Apes
1:30 p.m., Monday–Friday

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


Children riding Lionel Train Adventure

Lionel Train Adventure

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.


1 Ticket Per Rider

  • $4 for 1
  • $36 for 10
  • $69 for 20

Adult and child riding AT&T Endangered Species Carousel<

Endangered Species Carousel

The 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.


1 Ticket Per Rider

  • $4 for 1
  • $36 for 10
  • $69 for 20

Gorilla Trek – A Virtual Reality Experience

Deep in the forest, frolicking gorilla infants play under their mothers’ watchful eyes. The adult silverback protects the family as subordinate males vie for leadership. These are a few of the 1,000 amazing mountain gorillas left in the world.

Venture with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Tara Stoinski as she ascends 10,000 feet through dense and unforgiving Volcanoes National Park. She leads Immotion’s award-winning VR team in documenting the family dynamics of these majestic and critically endangered creatures that share 99 percent of our human DNA.

You’ll be glad you made this remarkable trip!


2 Tickets Per Rider

$4 for 1
$36 for 10
$69 for 20

Empty Playlist