Lincoln Park Zoo is free and is open 365 days a year. That is something few zoos of its size and splendor can boast. There’s nothing else like a hot summer day at the zoo with the sun shining brightly. And there’s nothing else in the world like the aroma of zoo popcorn in the air and the laughter of children eating cotton candy.
Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is a keenly unique zoo experience. There you are in sprawling Lincoln Park, wedged between the elegant condos along the Inner Drive and high-speed Lake Shore Drive along the deep sparkling blue Lake Michigan on the other side.
Surrounding the zoo are other fascinating mini-escapes from the city: the Lincoln Park Conservatory, a lily pad pond hideaway, a butterfly museum, gardens and lagoons and grassy knolls as well as numerous statues of famous people by famed artists. And a real sight to behold to the south is the mighty and breath-taking Chicago skyline.
The zoo itself and all of the surrounding area is a nice place to visit, even stay awhile, in any season. But this is no ordinary zoo. Year-round, the zoo hosts all sorts of activities. There’s plenty to do at the zoo, from tours to workshops to yoga (not just for adults — there’s also a parents/toddlers class) to sing alongs at the farm in the children’s zoo.
Here are some of the special events happening at Lincoln Park Zoo throughout this summer season:
WTTW The Big Idea Show (for kids/families)
Thursday, August 24
10:30-11:30 a.m. at Foreman Pavilion
Lincoln Park Zoo Challenge (adults: costumes and games; prizes awarded; food and margaritas available)
Friday, August 25
Register here ($25; $22.50 members)
NOTE: Wear a costume; come as a team of two to five, or contact them in advance to be added to a team.
Why hesitate: Make plans now to enjoy the Lincoln Park Zoo! Any time of the year, Lincoln Park Zoo is a beautiful place for animals and people in the middle of a beautiful city.