The entire west entrance to Lincoln Park Zoo has been transformed as part of this new project. In addition to the immersive four-season macaque exhibit, a new west entrance gate, the Lionel Train Adventure, an event building with public restrooms, and a new plaza around the Eadie Levy Café greatly enhance the visitor experience.

Project Details

In collaboration with The Portico Group as exhibit, site and landscape designer, IDEA provided the design of the public buildings and animal holding structures. The macaque exhibit replicates the animals’ Japanese natural forested mountainside habitat, including an artificial hot spring soaking area. The public enjoys protected panoramic views through huge glass panels in the two viewing shelters. A new state-of-the-art animal holding building is buried under the exhibit landscape contours. Also linked to the exhibit is an event building with public restrooms that contains a multi-purpose meeting room with a large viewing window into the exhibit. Adjacent to the exhibit, a new west entrance to the zoo was designed with a new gate structure and a plaza providing tables and seating under a canopy of trees around Eadie Levy Café. Another design element adding activity to the area is the new Lionel Train Adventure, with a traditional brick train station and a themed landscape ride through varying terrains.