Spring is in the air and Chicago is in bloom! One of the best places to connect with nature and enjoy the gorgeous weather is at the Lincoln Park Zoo, our (free!) zoo, located along the lakefront in Chicago's North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood. This spring and summer, the zoo calendar has many amazing opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals while also enjoying craft beers, or striking a yoga pose. Here are six seasonal adventures waiting to be experienced at Chicago's beautiful Lincoln Park Zoo.
Set off on a garden tour.
The zoo is one of the best places to catch the city in bloom during the Second Saturdays Garden Tours. On this guided garden tour, Lincoln Park Zoo's Horticulture Department will showcase flowers as they blossom with the seasons. There's no need to reserve a spot for this informational and interesting tours: just meet at information kiosk at the Patio at Café Brauer
- When: May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10 and October 8
- Time: 10 am
- Price: Free!
Dig into a food truck feast.
Chicago has some of the best food trucks in the country, but it's hard to find them as they roam the streets in search of hungry Chicagoans. On May 21, the best of the best food trucks will congregate at the Lincoln Park Zoo for the first-ever Food Truck Social. Enjoy the zoo after-hours with a fine selection of fresh from the truck flavors. Live music rounds out the festivities.
- When: May 21
- Time: 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
- Price: $10 ($5 for members)
Strike a pose: yoga at the zoo.
Take your yoga practice to the zoo's Nature Boardwalk. This is one of the most peaceful environment for practicing yoga in the city, thanks to the tranquil ponds, shady trees, and chirping birds. With the city skyline as your backdrop, you'll easily find your inner yogi during Adult Yoga at the Zoo (note: Parent & Toddler Yoga is also offered on Thursdays). Classes are geared toward beginner and intermediate yoga practitioners. Bring you own yoga mat and bottled water.
- When: June 1 - September 18
- Times: Wednesdays 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm; Saturdays & Sundays 9 am - 10 am
- Price: $20 drop-in rate, Five-Class Pass $80, Ten-Class Pass $140, Unlimited Pass $360 (15% off for members)
Enjoy an adult-focused evening at the zoo.
On three select evenings this summer, the Lincoln Park Zoo will remain open exclusively for guests aged 18 years of age or older for Adults Night Out. These adult-focused evenings at the zoo will give you the rare opportunity to hang out with the animals at night and see the zoo from a new (quieter!) perspective. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase, so you can munch, sip and stroll.
- When: June 2, July 21 and September 8
- Time: 6:30 pm - 10 pm
- Price: $15 online, $18 at the door ($12 online for members, $15 at the door for members)
- Ages 18 and older
Sip brews with the wild bunch.
The Brew to be Wild after-hours craft-beer tasting experience is a two night event not to be missed. Enjoy a selection of more than 75 beers along with bites together with the animals and other live entertainment.
- When: June 17 and 18
- Time: 6 pm - 11 pm
- Price: $49 ($44 for members), $89 for VIP, $20 for Designated Drivers
- Ages 21 and older
Take off on a safari in the city.
If you've ever wanted to venture off on a safari, here's your chance: Join a zoo horticulturist and an animal expert on a guided safari-style stroll through the zoo at twilight. As evening sets in, the animals come out to play, so don't forget to bring your camera! Each of the four scheduled Twilight Safaris has a different theme, so you can count on gaining new insight into the animals on each special visit.
- When: June 22, July 27, August 24 and September 21
- Times: 6 pm - 7:30 pm
- Price: $13 ($10 for members)
- Ages 16 and older
For more info on the Lincoln Park Zoo, or to register for a special program or event, visit lpzoo.org/education. And check out the Lincoln Park neighborhood guide for more things to see, shop and eat while you explore the area.