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Lincoln Park Zoo Auxiliary Board to Host Zoo-ologie Cocktail Party

April 26
Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago, IL

The Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo will host Zoo-ologie, its annual cocktail party, on April 26. This party with a purpose invites Chicago’s brightest young philanthropists to mix and mingle while supporting the zoo’s world class animal care and welfare programs.

The evening will feature bites from some of Chicago’s premier restaurants and an open bar, plus dancing, live music, and a raffle—all set against the backdrop of the beautiful historic landmark, Café Brauer. Guests will get to take in sweeping views of the city skyline and Nature Boardwalk’s native prairie system from the stunning prairie style building.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the Auxiliary Board. Founded in 1984, it is one of Chicago’s longest-standing civic boards, providing essential support for the zoo’s animal care, welfare, conservation, and learning programs. The Auxiliary Board is also committed to helping the zoo remain free and open to all 365 days a year. Over the past 40 years, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Auxiliary Board community has brought in over $15 million for the zoo.

Tickets are now available for Zoo-ologie. The Social Butterfly ticket starts at $100 and includes entry, an open bar, food, live music, dancing, and the raffle, starting at 7 p.m. The Animal Adventurer ticket starts at $150 and includes all general admission benefits plus exclusive experiences led by animal keepers and Urban Wildlife Institute experts before the cocktail party kicks off, starting at 5:30 p.m.

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Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo to Host Zoo Ball: Wild Everest

Friday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park Zoo

The Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo sets out to summit new heights on July 12 at the 47th annual Zoo Ball: Wild Everest, the zoo’s largest annual fundraiser. The event takes its inspiration from the Himalayan mountain range in Asia and the zoo’s conservation efforts in the region.

Many animals who call the Himalayas home—including the red panda, Sichuan takin, and snow leopard—can also be found at Lincoln Park Zoo. Zoo Ball: Wild Everest will showcase the zoo’s dedication to these vulnerable and endangered animals, while also drawing on the colors of their natural snowy habitats for the event’s décor. Set to the sounds of live music, the evening will also feature unique cocktails, creative cuisine, and dancing.

This annual black-tie event is a longstanding fixture of Chicago’s social calendar each summer. It brings together over 700 business, civic and community leaders, and supporters committed to fostering a zoo experience that’s free, family-oriented, focused on conservation, and accessible to everyone.

Since its inception in 1976, the Women’s Board has been a leading fundraising force for Lincoln Park Zoo, contributing more than $30 million to a wide range of capital projects, animal habitats, and science and education programs. Past funding initiatives include the Searle Visitor Center, Hurvis Family Learning Center, Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove, Regenstein Macaque Forest, Pepper Family Wildlife Center, and Nature Boardwalk.

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Make-A-Wish Illinois Wish Ball

Enjoy an elegant evening with celebrity entertainer Jim Gaffigan, impactful wish moments and unique auction offerings, all to supporting wishes for Illinois children with critical illnesses. Wish Ball is the largest annual fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Illinois

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Every moment has unlimited potential for magic. At Wish Ball 2024 guests can discover how they will Make Magic Moments to help transform lives for Illinois wish kids. Wish Ball returns to Navy Pier on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Featuring a performance by renowned comedian Jim Gaffigan, this inspirational and entertaining evening supports the organization's mission to grant life-changing wishes to Illinois children with critical illnesses.

Individual tickets are now on sale for $700/person. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available. Purchase tickets and find more information at

Jim Gaffigan is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which revolves around his observations on life. He is a seven-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, three-time Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist.

Navy Pier - Chicago, IL