“All Autumnal Events at Lincoln Park Zoo in 2019,” by S.M. O’Connor

The 5th Annual Fall Fest opens at Lincoln Park Zoo on Friday, September 27, 2019 and will run on the following four weekends in October.  This is a free, family-friendly festival in the heart of the Chicago Park District’s Lincoln Park on the North Side of Chicago.  In addition to the free events, including singalong concerts with Mary Macaroni and the Impasatas and autumnal animal enrichment activities, Fall Fest features ticketed experiences: a corn maze; an obstacle course with a twelve-foot slide; a sixty-five-foot Ferris wheel; a corn “pool” to swim in; bounce houses; professional pumpkin carvers; and educational activities.  The 33rd Annual Spooky Zoo will be on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Adam Selzer will lead Haunted History Tours at Lincoln Park on ten nights in October.  Fall Harvest Dinner at The Patio at Café Brauer will be on the night of Friday, October 4, 2019.  Zoomba at the Zoo will be on the morning of Sunday, October 6, 2019.  Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow will be on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

“Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature,” stated Events Director Josh Rupp.  “At Fall Fest, guests can enjoy the changing of the seasons in their urban backyard.  It’s a celebration not to be missed!”

Pumpkins will be available to purchase throughout October at pumpkin patches located in front of the Gift Shop, Lionel Train Adventure, and on the Park Place Terrace.  Pumpkins will vary in price depending on size.

 

Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: Animals play with a jack-o-lantern.

 

Fall Fest is free and open to the public from Friday, September 27, 2019 through Sunday, September 29, 2019; Friday, October 4, 2019 through Sunday, October 6, 2019; Friday, October 11, 2019 through Monday, October 14, 2019; Friday, October 18, 2019 through Sunday, October 20, 2019; and Friday, October 25, 2019 through Sunday, October 27, 2019.  Monday, October 14, 2019 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Lincoln Park Zoo.  In the rest of Illinois and most of the U.S.A., it is Columbus Day.  The events will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are required for attractions and are available individually for $3 each or in bulk packages of ten for $27 or twenty for $51.  All zoo buildings will remain open with regular hours during this time and all daily programming will continue, as well.

FIFTH ANNUAL FALL FEST DATES

Month

Dates

September

27th through 29th

 

October

4th through 6th
October

11th through 14th

 

October

18th through 20th

October

25th through 27th

 

 

20161014_JF_FallFest-7_0Figure 1 Credit: Julia Fuller, Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: This is the Pumpkin Patch at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest as seen on October 14, 2016.

20161014_JF_FallFest-16Figure 2 Credit: Julia Fuller, Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: This is pumpkin-carving by a professional at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest as seen on October 14, 2016.

20161014_JF_FallFest-51Figure 3 Credit: Julia Fuller, Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: This is the corn maze at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest as seen on October 14, 2016.

20161014_JF_FallFest-58Figure 4 Credit: Julia Fuller, Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: This is the corn pool at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest as seen on October 14, 2016.

20161014_JF_FallFest-66_0Figure 5 Credit: Julia Fuller, Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: This is the Ferris Wheel at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest as seen on October 14, 2016.  George W. Ferris (1859-1896) built the world’s first Ferris Wheel in the middle of the Midway Plaisance for Chicago’s first World’s Fair, the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893).

 

— ADDITIONAL EVENTS —

33rd Annual Spooky Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Auxiliary Board will host the 33rd Annual Spooky Zoo on Saturday, October 26, 2019.  This free event allows children to celebrate Halloween in a safe and family-friendly environment.  It will include an animal education zone; arts and crafts; and, obviously, trick-or-treating.  Tickets for Fall Fest rides will remain available for purchase during Spooky Zoo.

13_spooky_zoo_1Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: Lincoln Park Zoo will be hosting the 33rd Annual Spooky Zoo in 2019.

17_spooky_zoo_10Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: This is a picture from a past Spooky Zoo Spectacular at Lincoln Park Zoo.

16_spooky_zoo_6Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: These are children trick-or-treating at a past Spooky Zoo Spectacular at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

15_spooky_zoo_5Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: Animal-themed costumes are especially appropriate for trick-or-treaters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

14_spooky_zoo_3Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: In addition to trick-or-treating, Lincoln Park Zoo will have an animal education zone and arts and crafts.

 

Haunted History Tours at Lincoln Park

Adam Selzer, host of Mysterious Chicago Tours, will lead walkabouts that dig into Lincoln Park’s cemetery roots and locations that are alleged to be haunted.  Mr. Selzer is author of Ghosts of Chicago, Mysterious Chicago, and H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil.  He has appeared on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.  Haunted History Tours at Lincoln Park Zoo will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout October.

HAUNTED HISTORY TOURS AT LINCOLN PARK DATES

Week of October

Dates

First Week of October

Tuesday the 1st

Wednesday the 2nd

 

Second Week of October

Tuesday the 8th

Wednesday the 9th

 

Third Week of October

Tuesday the 15th

Wednesday the 16th

 

Fourth Week of October

Tuesday the 22nd

Wednesday the 23rd

 

Fifth Week of October

Tuesday the 29th

Wednesday the 30th

 

Haunted History Tours at Lincoln Park are for adults and teenagers sixteen-and-over.  Tours begin at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Café Brauer.  The address of Café Brauer is 2021 North Stockton Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60614.

The tours are scheduled to last from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Expect a tour to last from seventy-five minutes to ninety minutes.

Tickets are $35 (10% off for Lincoln Park Zoo Members).  Click here to purchase tickets via Eventbrite.

 

Fall Harvest Dinner at The Patio at Café Brauer

Fall Harvest Dinner at The Patio at Café Brauer will be on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This event is for adults (twenty-one-years-of-age-and-over).  Guests will sit down under the harvest moon to dine on a feast with locally-sourced ingredients, seasonal vegetables, whole roasts, and wines.  The actual menu will be announced closer to the event.  Tickets are $65 (10% off for L.P.Z. Members).  Click here to purchase tickets from Eventbrite. The address of Lincoln Park Zoo’s historic Café Brauer is 2021 North Stockton Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60614.

Zoomba at the Zoo

Zoomba at the Zoo will be on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The ninety-minute-long class will cover “Salsa, Merengue, Mambo, and Hip-Hop.”  It will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. at the Nature Boardwalk People’s Gas Pavilion.  No prior experience or dance training is necessary to participate in this class led by licensed Zuma instructors Zac & Tyler Crain-Davis.  The L.P.Z. states they lead “an upbeat dance and aerobic workout.”  This event is for adults and teenagers at least sixteen-years-old.  Tickets are $20 ($17 for L.P.Z. Members).  Click here to purchase tickets through Eventbrite.  Tickets will be $25 at the door, if any remain.

Nature Boardwalk
5/8/17 11:19:32 AM — Chicago, IL, USA Lincoln Park Zoo Magazine Photography © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2017

Figure 6 Credit: Todd Rosenberg, Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: This is a southward view of the South Pond in Lincoln Park, the bridge that crosses it where it narrows, and downtown Chicago in the distance.  At a cost of $12,000,000, the Lincoln Park Zoo built the 609,840-square-foot Nature Boardwalk, which encloses the manmade pond.  Lying to the east of Café Brauer and the Farm-in-the-Zoo, it opened on June 24, 2010.

Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Boardwalk
8/29/10 4:43:14 PM — Lincoln Park Zoo imagery. Nature Boardwalk © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010

Figure 7 Credit: Todd Rosenberg, Lincoln Park Zoo Caption: This is the People’s Gas Pavilion at the Nature Boardwalk.

Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow

Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow will be on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  This is an event for teenagers and adults eighteen-years-of-age-and-older.  This is a chance for parents, grandparents, older siblings, and other adults to enjoy the zoo grounds covered in pumpkins and unique animal chats without children running around.  Adults (at least twenty-one-years-of-age) can do so with a wine, beer, or spirit in hand.  Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow includes The Great Pumpkin Glow jack-o-lantern trail in the Children’s Zoo, the Corn Maze on the South Lawn, educational entertainment, special animal enrichment, and complimentary rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel until 9:45 p.m.  In addition to the cash bars, one can also part with one’s money by purchasing pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch and souvenirs at the Wild Things! Gift Shop.  Tickets are available in advance for $15 ($12 for Lincoln Park Zoo Members) or $20 at the door, if tickets remain available.  One can purchase tickets through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adults-night-out-the-great-pumpkin-glow-tickets-56050024131?aff=erellivmlt.  Fat Tire by New Belgium Brewing is the sponsor.

 

Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo celebrated the 150th anniversary of its foundation last year.  A private, non-profit organization, the Lincoln Park Zoological Society, manages the zoo on land owned by the Chicago Park District.  It is open 365 days a year.  For more information about events at the zoo, click here.

 

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