If you’ve never been to Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoo Lights provides a perfect avenue to visit the zoo after hours. While you’ll still run into the crowds and their kids, but the zoo is a bit more subdued at night. Christmas lights line up the open parts of the zoo and you can still catch great apes napping in their straw nests, smaller lemurs and primates acrobatically jumping and swinging, and take a gander at some armadillo and bats and still manage to buy yourself a popcorn.
The highlight of my trip was recovering a long lost childhood relic. Once receiving this fine toy as a youngster, I remember the plastic smell of the gorilla statue. Seeing this, I could not turn down the opportunity to regain this relic for a mere $2!
Would I do zoo lights again? Yes, but with a lesser dose of rain and cold and maybe a pair of boots.