The Lincoln Park Zoo effectively closes for the winter when ZooLights wraps up. Right? Wrong! No, the Lincoln Park Zoo has a big list of fun things to do at the Zoo during the heart of winter – January, February and March.
Winter Events at Lincoln Park Zoo
- Crazy for Cats: Breakfast at the Zoo, January 28 at 9:30 a.m. Eat a filling breakfast while listening to stories about lions, tigers and leopards at the Kovler Lion House. And as the animals move about and interact with each other, the zoo’s general curator will explain the actions. This event will be infinitely more interesting than watching your kitty claw at the sofa again. Tickets are $75, and it’s for participants 12 and older.
- Smart and Soulful Gardening, February 1 at 6 p.m. Not soulful in an Aretha Franklin way, but more in terms of the satisfying feeling you get when your garden looks nice. This is a free workshop where you will explore ways of envisioning your garden for next year – February is the blueprint stage of the growing season. Director of Horticulture Brian Houck will talk you through your creative ideas and give you (figurative) tools to use for it.
- Wine & Wildlife: Animal Attractions, February 14 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dinner and a movie? Come on Romeo, put some thought into the holiday. Wine & Wildlife is an adults-only event in the Regenstein African Journey. Keeping with the theme of the day, guests will learn about the “risqué side of animal courtship.” So it’s guaranteed to be of interest. Also, guests will be served champagne and chocolates. Tickets are $45 for guests 21 and older.
- Secrets of Animal Training, February 25 at 10 a.m. Ever wonder how some people have a knack for communicating with and controlling wild animals that are bigger and/or stronger than humans? This seminar gives you an insight. You will get to see how trainers use positive reinforcement to persuade animals into caring for themselves, and talk with zookeepers about the errors and successes of training. Tickets are $100, for guests 16 and older.
- Breakfast with the Apes, March 4 at 9:30 a.m. Eat breakfast in the Regenstein Center for African Apes while gorillas and chimpanzees roam about. While eating you will hear some intriguing facts about wild apes and listen to some stories about the zoo’s wild animals. If you want, you can spout off your favorite Planet of the Apes lines where you see fit. Cost is $75 per person, for ages 12 and up.
- Sleep Under the Skyscrapers: Indoor Overnight, March 9 at 6 p.m. This family-centered event allows people to see the zoo at night. Watch the animals turn-in for the night, then do so yourself. Not only will guests get up close to the animals, but they also get to enjoy a movie and nighttime snack before going to sleep. Tickets are $42 for just a night session, but $70 if you stay overnight.