A Day at the Zoo

By Kelly Pawlak

Image from courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo.

Your friends at Lincoln Park Zoo have missed you and are so excited to be out of quarantine! Thankfully, you can finally head on over and visit your favorite animals in-person. As long as you wear a face mask and practice social distancing, you’re going to have a great day exploring the zoo.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is free; however, due to social distancing guidelines, reservations are required in advance. Time slots are filling up quickly, so be sure to book yours today. Zoo members have access to additional time slots, so if you are not a member already, you may want to consider becoming one. 

While some of the indoor exhibits are still closed for now, there are many outdoor habits to see! The zoo welcomed four adorable red wolf pups in the spring, and of course, everyone’s favorites like the giraffes and the gorillas are out for you to visit. Lincoln Park Zoo is an accredited arboretum, so make sure to take some time to take in the incredible flowers and trees throughout the zoo. 

If you’re headed to the zoo around lunch or dinner or you are just in need of a snack, several concession stands will be open, and take out will be available at some of the zoo's restaurants. 

If you are not a member, parking at the zoo is not free. Members receive free or discounted parking depending on the membership, so that may be another reason for you to look into becoming a zoo member!

While many of the zoo’s events have been put on hold, some events will be held later in the summer. Mark your calendar for August 9th for Breakfast with the Animals! If you’d prefer to have breakfast in bed and watch the event online, virtual tickets are also available. There will be another breakfast with the animals' event on September 9th. 

If you’re looking for a date night or night out with friends, Night at the Zoo will take place on September 12th. The event is 21+ and will include wine and beer options, food, DJ entertainment, and giveaways. If beer is your thing, Craft Brews at the Zoo will be held on September 18th and 19th. With over 150+ craft beers to choose from, you won’t want to miss this exciting night out in Chicago!

If you are unable to make it to the zoo in-person or would rather stay at home, the zoo is offering several virtual events. With animal meet-and-greets, zoo tours, and storytime, and singalongs, the zoo has virtual events for the whole family. Check out the zoo calendar to see everything it has to offer.

The zoo is proud that it is free to visitors, but due to the many months it was closed, the zoo needs your help! If you have the means, the zoo would appreciate any donation you can make, so it can continue to support its animals and be free to visitors in the future. The zoo appreciates your support and can’t wait to see you soon!