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Donut Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Are you one of those people that searches for the best sweets a city has to offer (hopefully we aren’t the only ones)? Then you should visit Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo on September 8 for their annual Donut Fest event! See what’s happening at the fest and details on where you should stay, below.

Donut Fest at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago’s best donuts, mimosas and penguins…could Donut Fest get any better? On September 8 from 11-3 p.m., visit the Lincoln Park Zoo for their special donut tasting event! Here you’ll have the chance to try samples from some of Chicago’s best bakeries while sipping on mimosas, beer and wine. Throughout the event, guests can also explore the zoo’s animals and gardens. Exclusive access to buildings like the Penguin Cove, Arctic Tundra and Bird House is included, as well as interactive games, live entertainment and giveaways. Another perk? Donut Fest’s specially curated Kid Zone makes this event family-friendly, so don’t fret about finding a sitter for the kids!


If you buy them soon, General Admission tickets to Donut Fest are only $20 (with the super early bird discount). GA tickets include access to: open animal exhibits, special animal programming, interactive games, live entertainment, giveaways and unlimited donut samples. VIP tickets are on sale now for $45 and include two drink tickets, in addition to GA perks. Little donut lovers under 2 years old are free. Purchase your tickets here soon, before the rates go up! A large portion of the ticket proceeds go towards the Lincoln Park Zoo and its initiatives.


Hotel Near Lincoln Park Zoo

After your donut-induced coma sets in, it might be a good idea to find a hotel near Lincoln Park Zoo! Consider staying at the Willows Hotel. With a beautiful Lakeview neighborhood location, this boutique hotel is right near the zoo. Its superior amenities and decadent accommodations will offer a pleasant retreat from the wild zoo, donuts and drinks.

While there’s plenty to do in the Windy City, there’s only one place where you can enjoy Chicago’s best donuts amid wild animals- Donut Fest. Grab your tickets while they’re still on sale and book a night or two in the nearby Willows Hotel!


Donut Fest
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo
When: September 8, 11-3
Admission: $20-$45


Willows Hotel
The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

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