Lincoln Park Zoo’s 23rd annual ZooLights returns Nov. 24

Support Chicago’s Free Zoo with Holiday Traditions and New Light Maze

Chicago, 2017-Aug-05 — /Travel PR News/  – Lincoln Park Zoo’s 23rd annual ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PowerShares QQQ by Invesco returns Nov. 24. In addition to the ongoing public displays, guests can attend several special events throughout the season (please note: only ticket holders may enter the zoo on special events nights): Members-Only Night (Nov.17, join at lpzoo.org/membership), Holiday Market (Nov. 28), Adults Night Out: Holidaze (Nov. 30), BrewLights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. (Dec. 7) and Chris White Trio Tribute to “Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas” (Dec. 10). NEW this year is Light Maze Presented by PowerShares QQQ by Invesco, a labyrinth of lights open the entire duration of ZooLights!

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A Chicago holiday tradition that helps keep Lincoln Park Zoo free and open 365 days a year, ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PowerShares QQQ by Invesco illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This FREE event transforms Lincoln Park Zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland for 29 nights complete with visits from Santa, ice sculptors, festive activities and sweet treats of all kinds. ZooLights runs from 4:30 to 9 p.m. It takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 1-3. and then nightly Dec. 8 through Jan. 1 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). ZooLights is also sponsored by 93.9MYfm, Aurelio’s Pizza, Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. and Pepsi.

ZooLights Family Nights are back by popular demand! Monday, Dec. 11, 18 and January 1. These fun-filled evenings include all regular ZooLights activities along with FREE rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure for families with children. On these nights, kids also eat FREE at Park Place Café (one free limited kid’s menu item with paid adult entrée or combo meal). Lincoln Park Zoo membersof all levels can enjoy free parking on Family Nights too.

TICKETED HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

NEW this year, Light Maze Presented by PowerShares QQQ by Invesco, takes guests on an enlightening journey! For $3, guests can get lost in a maze of 30,000 lightbulbs at Foreman Pavilion.  This experience is the first of its kind at the zoo and will run every night of ZooLights this year.

Members-Only Night on Nov. 17 from 4:30-9 p.m. offers Lincoln Park Zoo members an exclusive preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public! Members will enjoy Lionel Train Adventure, AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and ferris wheel rides free of charge. To learn more about becoming a Lincoln Park Zoo member, or to renew your membership, visit lpzoo.org/membership.

Holiday Market returns for its second year on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Jumpstart your holiday shopping in the glow of ZooLights by browsing through treasures from local artisans and craftsmen. Entry is $10 ($8 for Lincoln Park Zoo members). Stay updated at lpzoo.org/events.

The third annual Adults Night Out: Holidaze on Nov. 30 offers guests ages 18 and older endless educational entertainment, featuring engaging talks, musical entertainment and the rare opportunity to enjoy an exclusive, limited-capacity evening at ZooLights. The event takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($12 for Lincoln Park Zoo members). Food, beer and wine are available for purchase. For more information, visit lpzoo.org/events.

Support Chicago’s free zoo with a craft brew at the fourth annual BrewLights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo on Dec. 7! From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. guests will forage for local craft, seasonal and import beers amidst the dazzle of ZooLights. All proceeds go toward the Auxiliary Board’s commitment to support Lincoln Park Zoo’s The Pride of Chicago campaign. Additional sponsors of the event include all 12 participating breweries, Aurelio’s Pizza and WGN Radio. Tickets start at $40 and are available for purchase at lpzoo.org/brewlights. Designated driver tickets are available. Food will also be available for purchase throughout the evening. BrewLights is exclusively for guests 21 years and older.

The Chris White Trio Tribute to “Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas” is back for an encore! Guests will tap their toes and even sing along during this soulful jazz tribute to a holiday classic. The event runs from 6:30-8 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Café Brauer with tickets beginning at $25. Make this your new holiday tradition. Visit lpzoo.org/events for more information.

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For couples looking for a sparkling and magical setting for their wedding proposal, the zoo is offering special proposal packages to enhance the memorable event. Interested parties can find out more by contacting the zoo’s Private Events Department at groupsales@lpzoo.org.

ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PowerShares QQQ by Invesco and all accompanying events enable Lincoln Park Zoo to provide a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago and continue advancing the highest quality of animal care, education, science and conservation.

ABOUT LINCOLN PARK ZOO

Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo, is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year. Visit us at lpzoo.org.

SOURCE: Lincoln Park Zoo

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