Lincoln Park Zoo Greenlit for New Education Center

The Lincoln Park Zoo is going to build a new education center.

Yesterday the Chicago Plan Commission approved the zoo’s request to build “a second story addition above the existing first floor area of an existing one and two story building.” Sharon Dewar, director of public relations for the zoo, sent along this description:

The new Education Center will impact the future of informal education for cultural organizations across the country. This facility will offer vibrant, light-filled, mixed-use space with open work areas, a high-tech learning lab, a recording studio and sound booth, and a large, open reception area. It will be a nexus of activity, featuring creative, flexible spaces that can be arranged and adapted for each project and need.

The Education Center will be a tremendous resource for Lincoln Park Zoo and Chicago, allowing learners of all ages, educators and collaborators from the Chicago area to connect with partners from across the nation and around the globe. With its innovative programming and design, it will also serve as a model for cultural and educational organizations everywhere.

The architecture firm handling the project is Doyle & Associates in the South Loop. The Zoo isn’t sharing any drawings of the new facility yet, so here’s a picture of the big cats exhibit taken in 1901.

Lincoln Park Zoo lions and tigers in 1901

Location: 2001 North Clark Street, Lincoln Park

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