People walk around Lincoln Park Zoo at ZooLights on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

LINCOLN PARK — ZooLights will return in November with several new attractions — and higher ticket prices. 

The popular Lincoln Park Zoo event, 2001 N. Clark St., will now cost $7 for general attendance and $10 Fridays, Saturdays, Thanksgiving Eve and New Year’s Eve — up from $5 any day last year. Mondays remain free for accessibility, but attendees still must present tickets. 

General public tickets go on sale Thursday. 

ZooLights runs Nov. 17-Jan. 7. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Programs run 4:30-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 4:30-10 p.m. on $10 admission days.

Regular daily admission to the zoo is free of charge.

“Tickets to ZooLights and other events help keep Lincoln Park Zoo free and support care, conservation and community management,” said Anna Cieslik, a spokesperson for Lincoln Park Zoo. “In addition to all of the previous offerings of ZooLights, this year’s ticket pricing reflects the exciting new additions for 2023.” 

Attractions like the light maze, live ice carvers and the Ferris wheel will be back this year. 

New ZooLights attractions will include modern LED light displays with interactive elements and a garden-themed light show on the south lawn, Cieslik said.

Pricing for events including Holidaze — the adult night out Dec. 14 — will vary from standard tickets. More information is available on the Lincoln Park Zoo website.


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