Lincoln Park Zoo Adults Night Out

With a description like this, how could I resist checking out the Adults Night Out at the Lincoln Park Zoo?

I am always looking for something new to do in the city, which is seemingly endless, so I gathered a group of friends on a Friday for a last-minute evening outing to the zoo. It was one of the best ideas I’ve had this month.

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a can of beer in one hand and a plastic cup of wine in the other, while viewing a rhino effortlessly destroy the zoo’s version of a “piñata” (not to be confused with a rectangular rubik’s cube), or watching a giraffe watch an aardvark play with a cat toy, or some titi monkeys swinging around in the trees—and since there are no children around, you can feel free to loudly and proudly make all the jokes you want about the species’ name.

Aside from the usual exhibits open to the public, the zoo offered a number of special events which included: Feeder Toy for Aardvark (pictured), Dwarf Mongoose Enrichment, Bactrian Camel Browse, Pygmy Hippo Food Toss, and more. One of my friends made the astute observation that some of those would make excellent band names.

To top off the evening, we took advantage of the free Endangered Species carousel. The long line moved fast, and we were overjoyed when we climbed aboard our ostriches and servals. It was entertaining, though felt slightly weird to be a group of adults on a carousel.

If you haven’t been, there’s another event in August 21. Tickets are only $15 in advance, $18 at the door, which is well worth it to support a lovely local establishment that you can enjoy in an “adult” way. I will likely go again, and let’s be real, I will probably end up taking another fun-in-an-uncomfortable-way ride on that carousel.