Lincoln Park Zoo announces dates for reopening

Lincoln Park Zoo announces dates for reopening
Slater takes a refreshing dip. Photo: Lincoln Park Zoo

This may just be the reopening that I am most excited about

Lincoln Park Zoo is something I have always taken for granted ever sine I was a tyke. I loved going year round. Watching the wonderful antics of the inhabitants.

The regal beauty of the Big Cats.  lionslpzWatching the Polar Bears diving under water and playing ball.

Photo: Courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo

Photo: Courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo

The strutting penguins always dressed for a formal event.lpzpenguins

The sweet new arrivals.lpzmonkeyozu_macaque_shannon-mcelmeel-2These beautiful animals have always brought a smile to my face.

And never again, will I take them for granted.

Chris at home in his tree. Photo: Licoln Park Zoo

Chris, a tree frog, at home in his tree. Photo: Lincoln Park Zoo

Reopening Dates

In a little over a week, June 29,  Chicago’s treasured Lincoln Park Zoo will reopen to the general public.

Members, deservedly so, can start returning June 26.

Of course, as with everything else in our brave new world, there are guidelines:

There will be limited capacity for human visitors.

Reservations will be required. tarting today, reservations can be made using EventBrite or via telephone at 312-742-2000.

In addition:

  • Reservations can be made every hour, on the hour from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guests are requested to keep their zoo visit to approximately two hours so as not to exceed capacity.
  • Guests who are medically able will be required to wear a face covering.
  • Additional safety measures include signage promoting social distancing, restricted access at high touchpoints, and increased handwashing stations and sanitation.
  • The East Gate and West Gate entrances will be open to the public but all other gates will be closed to help with traffic flow.
  • Guests will be directed through the zoo via one-way paths to facilitate social distancing. Outdoor exhibits will be visible but indoor habitats will closed until further notice.
  • Food and gifts will be available via outdoor, minimum or no-contact transactions.

Donations accepted

For the first time in 152 years, Lincoln Park Zoo was closed for an extended period of time due to the pandemic. Lincoln Park Zoo has always been free admission and remains so. However, if you can afford to do so, LPZ could use your financial support  either with a membership or a donation.To donate visit For more information, visit

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