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Celebrate Fall at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo is a free 35-acre (14 ha) zoo located in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 1868, making it among the oldest of zoos in North America. It is also one of a few free admission zoos in the United States.[5] The zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Lincoln Park Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals. The zoo’s exhibits include big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys, and other species totalling about 1,100 animals from some 200 species. Also located in Lincoln Park Zoo is a burr oak tree which dates to 1830, three years before the city was founded.

The zoo was founded in 1868, when the Lincoln Park Commissioners were given a gift of a pair of swans by Central Park‘s Board of Commissioners in New York City.[6] In 1874, the swans were joined by a bear cub from the Philadelphia Zoo: the first animal purchased for the zoo. The bear became quite adept at escaping from its home and could frequently be found roaming Lincoln Park at night.[7] The first bison ever born in captivity was born in the Lincoln Park Zoo. A new Lion House opened in 1912. It was later renovated and reopened in 1990. The Primate House opened in 1927, and was known for housing a popular gorilla named Bushman (1931–1951), one of the only gorillas in a U. S. zoo at the time.[8][9] The zoo’s great apes were moved to the Lester E. Fisher Great Ape House in 1976, named for the zoo’s outgoing director, and the original Primate House was later renovated and reopened in 1992 as the Helen Brach Primate House, featuring more naturalistic settings.

Marlin Perkins, who gained fame as the host of the television program Zoo Parade and later, Wild Kingdom, was director of the zoo from 1944 until 1962. He created and recruited a citizens group to support the Zoo’s mission, the Lincoln Park Zoological Society. The facility underwent a dramatic transformation in the 1970s and 1980s, with the additions of many new, naturalistic exhibits. In 1995, the Zoological Society assumed management of the zoo from the Chicago Park District, which remains the owner.[8] Zoo administration is currently housed in the nearby building previously used by the Chicago Academy of Sciences, which moved to a new facility in 1999. The Kovler Sea Lion Pool opened the same year after an extensive renovation, and is now home to the zoo’s harbor seals.[10]

Regenstein African Journey, a renovation of the zoo’s former Large Mammal House, opened in 2003, turning the zoo’s largest building from concrete showcases for a few large mammals into a series of naturalistic settings that tell the story of the wildlife of the African continent, welcoming the return of the zoo’s African elephants and giraffes as well as new additions such as the aardvark, ostrich, and African wild dog.[11] Two years later, the zoo renovated its Great Ape House, opening the Regenstein Center for African Apes, which focused on the zoo’s troops of common chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas, putting a special emphasis on researching the behaviors of both species and creating new, naturalistic habitats.[12]

Celebrate Fall Fest at the Zoo!

“Enjoy harvest-themed family fun across the zoo—including a corn maze, Ferris wheel, giant fun slide, bounce house, pumpkin patch and strolling entertainers—at this new seasonal festival.”

Fridays–Sundays, October 2–18 and Monday, October 12
Find Out More About Fall Fest


Sleepover at the Zoo
Grab your nighttime gear and join us for an indoor adventure at a zoo animal house!

Saturday–Sunday, October 17–18
Sign Up for the Sleepover

Nature in Motion
Explore Nature in Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo, a free art exhibition set amid the zoo’s beautiful gardens.

Through October 31
Learn More at www.lpzoosculpture.org

 

Friday, May 15–Saturday, October 31
Nature in Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo
Enjoy a free, public exhibition of sculptures located throughout the zoo’s beautiful gardens! Free, guided tours of the large-scale works by local artists are offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Saturdays, September 19–November 21
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play (Sold Out)
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Wednesdays, September 23–November 18
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play (Sold Out)
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Thursdays, September 24–November 19
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Monday, October 12
Columbus Day Zoo Camp
Kids in preK–4th grade can spend their school holiday discovering the wildlife wonders of East Africa’s Great Migration during this fun, themed day camp.
Monday, October 12
Fall Fest
Enjoy harvest-themed, family-friendly attractions across the zoo including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, rides and seasonal treats!
Wednesday, October 14
Evening Sculpture Stroll
Want to have the zoo all to yourself after the crowds have gone home? Join a sculpture tour guide and a zoo garden expert on an after-hours stroll through the zoo’s sculpture exhibition, Nature in Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Friday–Sunday, October 16–18
Fall Fest
Enjoy harvest-themed, family-friendly attractions across the zoo including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, rides and seasonal treats!
Saturday, October 17
Members-Only Lecture: The Mating Game
Lincoln Park Zoo members ages 12 and older can enjoy a free talk by population biologist Sara Sullivan about animal matchmaking for nearly 600 species throughout North American zoos.
Saturday–Sunday, October 17–18
Sleepover with the Animals (Sold Out)
Families and groups with children ages 5–12 can enjoy after-hours activities and exhibit tours at the zoo, then curl up in sleeping bags next to the zoo’s amazing animals!
Thursday, October 22
Haunted Zoo Lecture
Chicago ghostlore expert Ursula Bielski will share a historical overview of haunted zoo locations and tales from the past to the present in this special talk at historic Café Brauer—itself the purported site of paranormal activity.
Saturday, October 24
Spooky Zoo Spectacular
Celebrate Halloween in a free, safe and family-friendly environment at this annual event hosted by the zoo’s Auxiliary Board! Guests are invited to learn fun facts about the animals, stimulate their minds while making crafts, collect treats and enjoy entertainment throughout the zoo while dressed in their best or spookiest costume!
Tuesday, October 27
Wine & Wildlife: Science of the Magical
Enjoy a glass of wine at this special evening talk by Matt Kaplan, science and technology correspondent for The Economist and author of “Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Super Powers.” A paleontologist by training, Kaplan is also an intrepid explorer of remote wildlife habitats and a chronicler of little-known, amazing animal facts.
Wednesday, October 28
Zoo Ghost Tour (Sold Out)
Join paranormal investigator Ursula Bielski for an after-hours ghost tour of the zoo! The Chicago ghostlore expert will share the zoo’s cemetery roots, highlight a 19th-century “Suicide Bridge” and identify which animal house is most likely to be haunted.
Wednesday, November 11
Veterans Day Zoo Camp
Kids in preK–4th grade will burrow into themed activities exploring how animals hibernate during this fun holiday day camp.
Saturday, November 14
Animal Enrichment Workshop
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Wednesday, November 18
Wine & Wildlife: The Masked Bandit
Join zoo scientists and conservation partners for an evening of wine and ecological insights as we discuss efforts to rescue the black-footed ferret from extinction in its native habitat.
Saturday–Sunday, November 21–22
Sleepover with the Animals
Families and groups with children ages 5–12 can enjoy after-hours activities and exhibit tours at the zoo, then curl up in sleeping bags next to the zoo’s amazing animals!
Thursday, December 3
Members-Only Night at ZooLights
Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests will enjoy exclusive access to ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PowerShares QQQ as well as free skate rental and ice time at Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo!
Monday, December 28
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Tuesday, December 29
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Wednesday, December 30
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Thursday, December 30
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Zoo Camp
Kids in preK–fourth grade can spend their school holiday at the zoo participating in a variety of exciting activities! We’ll be exploring special animal defense adaptations in this day camp, from rhino horns to porcupine quills.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Presidents Day Zoo Camp
Pre-K–fourth graders can spend their school holiday at the zoo participating in a variety of fun, exciting activities. The theme of this camp is animal attractions, from deer antlers to colorful bird plumage!
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