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Things to do at Chicago Area Zoos, Botanic Gardens, and Plantations.


As Chicago area zoos, plantations and botanical gardens begin to roll out their programming schedules for 2021 and beyond, here’s an update on the new exhibit installations and social distancing guidelines.

Brookfield Zoo

When: Daily from 9:30 am to 6 pm

What: The Chicago Zoological Society’s zoo, which requires all visitors to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines, is operating at 60 percent capacity. Some zoo attractions are not open, including The Carousel, Butterflies!, Dolphins in Action, Hamill Family Play Zoo, and playgrounds. The Hamill Family Wild Encounter is currently open.

where: North Gate Main Entrance, 8400 31st St. (at 1st Ave.), and South Gate Main Entrance, 3300 Golf Road

Ticket: Everyone must secure and purchase tickets online before entering the zoo. czs.org . go to.

Brookfield Zoo guests can view California sea lions from the underwater viewing gallery at Pinniped Point.
CZS-Brookfield Zoo

Chicago Botanic Garden

When: Daily from 8 am to 7 pm (7 pm to 8 pm)

What: The spring/summer rollout of exhibition installations at the Chicago Botanic Garden has begun with “Pictures of the Prairie,” a work by artist Philip Juras that depicts the ecology and history of Illinois’ ramparts (through September). Beginning in July, photography from members of the Garden Photographic Society will be on display in the “Nature in View” exhibit. Guests are required to wear masks and follow CDC-mandated social distancing guidelines.

where: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoco

Ticket: Admission is free, but parking starts at $25 for non-members. Travel Chicagobotanic.org.

Morton Arboretum

When: Daily, from 7 a.m. to sunset (last entry at 6 p.m.).

What: The new Human + Nature (pronounced “human nature”) displays five large-scale, 15- to 26-foot-tall sculptures created by South African artist Daniel Popper. The sculptures, which “represent how trees are at the center of the Arboretum’s mission, function and vision for the future,” include “Heartwood,” a 15.5-foot-tall bifurcated face representing the relationship between trees and humans. . They are located onsite at various locations. The arboretum is limiting the number of members and guests on a basis, and requiring masks for non-vaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals when social distancing of six feet is not possible.

where: 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle

Ticket: Reserve time-entry pass. Travel Buy.acmeticketing.com.

Lincoln Park Zoo

When: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

What: The Helen Brecht Primate House welcomes “Murray,” an 11-year-old white-cheeked gibbon and Regenstein African tour! Added “Sonny,” a male meerkat to its ranks. Masks are required inside and outside animal buildings when social distancing cannot be maintained.

where: 2400 N. Cannon Dr.

Ticket: admission is free; Tickets need to be booked online. Travel lpzoo.org.

A family looks at the rhino exhibit at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Lincoln Park Zoo

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