Jamming at the Zoo

There's nothing like going to a summer concert with your family, your significant other, or a tiger. Yes, you read that right, a tiger! Lincoln Park Zoo's Jammin' at the Zoo, may be the best thing you do all summer, if not the most unique. Every summer The Lincoln Park Zoo hosts a few bands to play among the animals in a special show after the gates close to the public.

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The Venue

Lincoln Park Zoo

Having been to a couple shows myself, I can say The Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark St.) is one of the coolest places to see a show in Chicago. The stage is set up on a large, upward-sloping lawn area between the gorillas, antelopes, and Zebras! How cool! Since the lawn slopes up, it creates a unique bandshell experience so it's always easy to find a great seat, as long as you don't find yourself in the Lion's Den.

The Show

Lincoln Park Zoo

As for the band on July 26, Jamming at the Zoo will proudly present Michael Franti & Spearhead. Although Michael Franti has had a music career spanning over a decade and a half, he recently gained national stardom after hit singles like, "Say Hey (I Love You)" and "The Sound of Sunshine," in 2011. Recently, Michael Franti & Spearhead have released the single, "I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)", which features his signature upbeat sound and positive lyrics. The single is a precursor to his new album titled All People, which will be released July 30. I've also seen Michael Franti live before and he puts on an extremely fun show for all ages. From the last time I saw him and what I hear from other Michael Franti concert goers, there's a good chance the kids in the audience will get to be part of the show and dance on stage for a song or two!

The Fine Print

Lincoln Park Zoo

Tickets are very affordable if you pay in advance for only $24 for adults and $13 for children between the ages of four and twelve (prices before charges and fees). If you're unable to purchase tickets in advance, there is a small uptick if you buy them at the door. The door price is $29 for adults and $15 for children. I know that paying for anything these days usually isn't a pleasant experience, but it should ease your mind to know that all of the proceeds from the show benefits the animals and programs at The Lincoln Park Zoo.

So grab some tickets, set up a blanket, and jam with some wild animals on a beautiful summer night in Chicago.