Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Remains Open for ZooLights Amid Chicago Coronavirus Surge

This year, the zoo requires reservations for ZooLights, while offering five free nights

ZooLights 11-20
Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo announced the facility will remain open for ZooLights this holiday season despite a surge of coronavirus metrics throughout Chicago.

The zoo said safety remains a top priority but plans to stay open and continue to host their annual ZooLights since the venue is outdoors.

"Safety measures such as limited capacity, facial covering requirements, and social distancing are in place, and Lincoln Park Zoo is confident that these measures protect staff, guests and the animals in the zoo’s care," the zoo said in a statement. "The zoo will continue to keep a close eye on City and State guidelines and respond appropriately."

According to a release, Lincoln Park Zoo will close from Jan. 4, 2021 to March 4, 2021 as city guidelines do not allow the facility to open indoor buildings, which would be necessary during the colder months.

Additionally, the zoo said many animals remain indoors during the winter, which provide visitors with a subpar experience.

In its 26th annual event, ZooLights will open to Chicago on Nov. 20 for $5 a person. The event will run nearly every day starting at 4 p.m until Jan. 3, 2021.

The following five days will be free of charge for Lincoln Park ZooLights: Nov. 24, De. 9, Dec. 17, Dec. 21 and Dec. 29.

"ZooLights will feature hundreds of luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities, all under the glow of millions of illuminated lights, plus reduced capacity admission to keep your family safe," the zoo's website reads.

All holiday events will have limited reservations or tickets available, the zoo said. Tickets are available at

Lincoln Park Zoo noted that Chicago can continue to connect with nature through social media channels, virtual events and education programming.

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