ZooLights Chicago

ZooLights Chicago

Wintertime in Chicago is full of festive attractions and glittering decorations; from the shop windows along Michigan Avenue to the towering heights of the Hancock Observatory. One of our favorite holiday attractions this year in the Windy City is ZooLights Chicago – a family-friendly event held annually at the Lincoln Park Zoo. For a few weekends each year, the Lincoln Park Zoo is transformed into a magical wonderland of glittering lights and fun holiday activities. Although ZooLights is named for the dazzling light displays you’ll find throughout the Zoo, there’s so much more going on than that. This year’s featured route through the Zoo is brand new, featuring even more lights, holiday decorations, and animal sightings. You’ll be able to check out a number of special holiday animal encounters, enjoy a fantastic musical lights shows, and even marvel at the talented ice … [Read more...]

Family Things to do in Chicago

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The next time you and your family take a trip to the Windy City, you may find yourself looking for some things to do after you’ve already grabbed a deep-dish pizza and taken in a Cubs (or White Sox) game. Fear not, there are plenty of great Chicago Family Attractions to enjoy. The Chicago Family Attractions Funpass package by Smart Destinations saves you 40% on admission to the  Lincoln Park Zoo, Museum of Science & Industry & Hop On/Off Trolley! One of the most famous animal refuges in the county, the Lincoln Park Zoo is a great place to start. Open every single day of the year, the zoo is famous for the real-life animals it contains as well as some wooden ones. A Chicago landmark, the Endangered Species Carousel, features a variety of hand-carved and beautifully painted animals that are in need of protection. If you plan to use your Chicago Family Attractions pass in … [Read more...]

Jammin’ at the Zoo

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If you plan on being in Chicago at the end of June, take advantage of Lincoln Park Zoo Discounts and check out some great music. On Saturday, June 22, the Plain White T's will take the stage as part of the zoo’s annual Jammin' at the Zoo concert series. Their performance will be followed up by another great show featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead on July 26. Jammin' at the Zoo is a great reason to use Smart Destination's Lincoln Park Zoo Discount and spend some time outdoors grooving to some tunes. But it’s not the only reason. The zoo, which is open 365 days a year, is getting new animals all the time so even if you’ve been there in the past, there will always be something new to discover. The Lincoln Park Zoo recently welcomed exotic animals like Western Lowland Gorillas, Sichuan Takins and Kenya Crested Guineafowls. Guests of the zoo can also take advantage of a … [Read more...]

10 Cool Things to Do in Chicago in the Summer

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If you're going to be in or around Illinois any time over the summer you definitely want to check out some or all of these 10 cool things to do in Chicago: Go On a Few Bicycle Tours What better way to enjoy the sights and the sun at the same time than with a Chicago bicycle tour? Bike Chicago offers tours that are fun and suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. Embark on the Amazing Lakefront tour to discover beaches, gardens, and lagoons, or opt for the Friendly Neighborhood tour to see some of the city’s most luxurious homes, cobblestone sidewalks, and beautiful parks. Visit Wrigley Field Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, no visit to Chicago is complete without a stop at Wrigley Field. Wrigley is the second oldest ballpark in America, and the highly-recommended park tours are offered daily. For those visitors interested in catching a game, an afternoon spent … [Read more...]

Five for Fighting to perform live at Lincoln Park Zoo

As the summer winds down, things are heating up in Chicago.  The folks at the Lincoln Park Zoo are preparing for the final show in the Jamin at the Zoo summer concert series.   On August 28, 2009 Singer songwriter Angel Taylor will open the show; followed by headliners   FIVE FOR FIGHTING   whose 2000 album America Town went platinum with the hit song “Superman.”The concerts are held in the middle of the Zoo at the south lawn making for one of the most unique show venues in town.  Tickets are priced from  $21-$28 and can be purchased online at www.lpzoo.org, in person at the Zoo’s Gateway Pavilion or by phone at (312) 742-2283.  Bring a blanket to sit on  and get ready for a great evening. … [Read more...]