Zoo Year's Eve at Lincoln Park Zoo - A 21+ Outdoor/Indoor New Year's Party

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Zoo Year's Eve at Lincoln Park Zoo - A 21+ Outdoor/Indoor New Year's Party

Ring in the New Year within the glow of millions of lights at this 21+ event!

When and where

Date and time


Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614

Map and directions

How to get there

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

  • 4 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Gather your flock of friends and head to Zoo Year’s Eve at Lincoln Park Zoo! This special ticketed event will take place within the glow of more than 2 million lights in one of Chicago’s most beautiful parks; it’s the best way to experience the countdown to 2023. For this adults-only event (21+ only), guests can enjoy hundreds of dazzling displays, cash bars (beer, wine, champagne, and spirits), plus a DJ, games, giveaways, and more! Animal buildings will be open and a dance party will take place in Pepper Family Wildlife Center. Take a break from the usual spots and start a new tradition: spend New Year’s Eve at Lincoln Park Zoo!

INDOOR & OUTDOOR OPTIONS: Whether you want to celebrate outdoors, indoors, or both, we have you covered! We will have music, bars, dance parties, and additional fun all over the zoo!


  • Complimentary glass of champagne
  • Live music from some of Chicago's top DJs
  • Multiple bars offering soda, beer, wine, seltzer, champagne and more for purchase!
  • Concession stands serving up your favorite foods
  • Midnight countdown
  • Strolling around the zoo under the glow of millions of holiday lights
  • Live ice carving from amazing artists
  • Free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
  • Complimentary admission to the Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ
  • Plenty of spaces for relaxing and conversing—or dancing and moving—as you savor the season your way


What parts of the zoo will be open, and will I see animals?

Zoo Year’s Eve will take place throughout Lincoln Park Zoo's buildings and grounds.

Animals that live at Lincoln Park Zoo always have the choice to be indoors or out, in view of the public or not. This is a zoo policy that promotes positive animal welfare. We hope many animals will choose to be outside, but they may choose to spend their evening indoors. Make sure to stop by animal habitats when they’re receiving enrichment (the schedule will be in your online program) for the highest likelihood of great animal viewing!

Is this event accessible?

Yes! To learn about accessibility at Lincoln Park Zoo, please visit lpzoo.org/accessibility. To view the accessibility map of Lincoln Park Zoo, click here.

What are the age restrictions for this event?

21+. No one under this age will be permitted into the event. All guests must have a ticket.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?

Maybe. If tickets remain available, a limited number of tickets will be for sale at the door. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance, though, as this event always sells out quickly!

I am a member. How can I apply my membership benefits?

Members get 10 percent off registration for all zoo events. To redeem your member discount:

  1. Click “REGISTER NOW” at the top of the website.
  2. Click “TICKETS.”
  3. In the top-right-hand corner, select “ENTER PROMOTIONAL CODE.”
  4. Enter the first three digits of your Lincoln Park Zoo membership number.
  5. Select “APPLY CODE.”
  6. Select the number of tickets you need and proceed to checkout.

Can I transfer my tickets or get a refund? What happens if there is inclement weather?

All Lincoln Park Zoo event tickets are non-refundable. If you are not able to make it to the event, feel free to give your ticket to a friend or family member. All events will be held rain or shine. Please dress accordingly!

How do I enter the event and can I re-enter once checked in?

Enter the zoo at the East Gate on Cannon Drive and Fullerton Parkway (the zoo’s parking lot) or the West Gate at Stockton Drive and Webster Drive. Tickets can be scanned on your smartphone or on a printed sheet of paper. Re-entry is not permitted.

What items are prohibited at this event?

Lincoln Park Zoo has a strict policy of restricted items for this event. Please make note of the below items that are not allowed:

  • No water bottles, beverage containers, cans, or bottles
  • No folding chairs
  • No luggage of any kind
  • No animals (with the exception of service animals)
  • No coolers (unless medically required)
  • No illegal substances
  • No noisemakers or balloons
  • No Segways or motorized scooters
  • No thermal containers
  • No weapons
  • No remote-controlled aircrafts or drones
  • No items deemed dangerous or inappropriate

Alcohol purchased outside the zoo is prohibited, and we ask that you refrain from smoking tobacco and cannabis inside the gates for the health and safety of our animals and visitors. Lincoln Park Zoo’s Code of Conduct can be found here.

No firearms or weapons of any kind are allowed, except for on-duty police or security personnel. For the safety of guests, staff, volunteers, and animals, all purses, bags, and other items carrying personal belongings are subject to inspection upon entry.


Celebrate your birthday at the event and your ticket is free! Email Birthdays@RiverNorthFests.com for more info (conditions apply).

Want to earn a free ticket and some cash for spreading the word? Email Ambassadors@RiverNorthFests.com for more info!

PHOTO CONTEST: Enter to win our photo contest by posting pictures to Facebook or Instagram using "#ZooYearsEve." Our panel of judges will go through the pictures and winners will be contacted after the event!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: For sponsorship opportunities, please email cnatarelli@lpzoo.org.

For general event questions, please email events@lpzoo.org.