Guests overlooking Kovler Seal Pool

Things to Do

ASL Information

Lincoln Park Zoo is offering American Sign Language interpretation for select on-grounds demonstrations, in partnership with Columbia College’s Department of ASL-English Interpretation. A practicum student will provide ASL interpretation.

In May, Daily Activities will have ASL interpreters on Mondays, Tuesday, Fridays, and Saturdays. ASL interpretation is subject to cancellation due to interpreter availability or daily activity cancellation.

For more information about accessibility at Lincoln Park Zoo, visit or email

Malott Family Penguin Encounter

Experience the zoo—from the penguin’s perspective! Join the African penguins inside their habitat and get introduced to some of the individuals living at Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove. Find out what their daily lives are like both at the zoo and on the southern African coast.

Mid-May–October 2024
$80 per person ($70 for Lincoln Park Zoo members)
Participants must be at least 6 years old; children ages 6–17 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Daily Free Activities

Guests watching a training session with a western lowland gorilla

Lincoln Park Zoo’s daily free 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.

Jamaican Iguana Care

Regenstein Small Mammal Reptile House
11:00 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

Polar Bear Care

Walter Family Arctic Tundra
11:00 a.m., Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays starting May 26 through Labor Day

Feed the Chickens

Farm in the Zoo, Chicken Habitat
11:00 a.m., Tuesdays through Sundays starting May 28 through Labor Day

Feed the Cows

Farm in the Zoo, Dairy Barn
11:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays starting May 28 through Labor Day

Seal Training And Feeding

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

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

Monkey Cognition

Regenstein Macaque Forest
11:30 a.m., Monday–Friday

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.

Giraffe Training

Regenstein African Journey, Outdoor Giraffe Training Wall
1:30 p.m., Fridays starting May 31 through Labor Day

Penguin Feedings

Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove
2:00 p.m., Daily ending December 1


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 crosses over a quaint country bridge and winds 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

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