Lincoln Park Zoo

Our family loves the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago's very own zoo located in charming Lincoln Park. It's educational, it's fun and ... it's free! As a Chicago mom with two kids ages 5 and 13, I can't tell you how many times I've visited our beloved zoo. The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the best spots to celebrate fall in the city, thanks to the lovely Autumnal colors. Here are seven fun and interesting things to do this fall at the zoo.

Learn All about Apes over a Glass of Fine Wine
September 25
Fisher Center scientists Stephen Ross, PhD and Lydia Hopper, PhD will share new insights about our closest living relatives while guests enjoy fine wine, beer and bites.
Lincoln Park Zoo's Regenstein Center for African Apes
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: $17 non-members; $14 members (18 and older)
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LEAP: Learn, Explore, And Play at the Zoo
Thursdays September 25 - November 20 OR
Saturdays September 20 - November 22 (except Oct. 25)
The zoo's sensory-rich play space for children and adults, specifically designed for early learners, is a wonderful place to learn more about the natural world by meeting animals, building, drawing, climbing and making music. This program is for children aged 2-3 years old with an adult.
Lincoln Park Zoo's Pritzker Family Children's Zoo and Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Cost: $126 per child ($108 for members) for a nine-class series
For children ages 2-3 and an adult

Celebrate Fall at the Fiesta Familiar
September 27
The Fiesta Familiar is the largest Hispanic family event of its kind in the Midwest, bringing the very best family entertainment and interactive pavilions with hands-on activities.
Lincoln Park Zoo, Fullerton and Cannon Drive
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: Free!
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Catch a Movie at the Zoo: Zoovies Double Feature - Ghostbusters and The Shining
October 3 (rain day October 10)
Come to the zoo after hours and enjoy a movie on the zoo's south lawn!
Lincoln Park Zoo's South Lawn, Cannon Drive & Fullerton Parkway
Movies start at dusk (7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)
Cost: Free!
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Sleepover with the Animals
October 17
Spend the night at the zoo and witness the animals as they too settle into their nests for the night. Families can choose to attend just the evening activities OR they can stay for the entire program and sleep over at the zoo.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Evening Encounter (6-10 p.m.) or Full Overnight (6 p.m. -8:30 a.m.)
Cost: Evening $42 ($35 for members); Overnight $70 ($60 for members)
For families and groups with children 5-12 years old
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Celebrate Halloween at the Spooky Zoo Spectacular
October 25
Dress up in costume and come to the Lincoln Park Zoo ready for an evening full of spooky fun and games.
Lincoln Park Zoo, Cannon Drive and Fullerton
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost: Free!
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