By Tags: , ,

In the urban landscape that makes up Chicago, it may seem like it serenity can be hard to find among the skyscrapers.  But those looking to take a break from the city’s fast-paced routine need look no further than the Lincoln Park Zoo on the city’s north side.

While many people have included a trip to the zoo as part of their Windy City experience, the attraction offers more than a glimpse at wildlife.

Open 365 days a year and offering free admission, the zoo offers many programs and events that are not just limited to children. In fact, there are tons of interesting activities just for adults that allow for a relaxing evening or weekend.  Whether you’re a kid or an adult, a locals or a tourist, the zoo offers opportunities to get some exercise, learn a little, or even enjoy a good meal.

Here’s just a few of the zoo’s offerings. Plan your visit to the zoo to take advantage some of the extra events happening this summer.

Yoga at the Zoo

Those looking to stretch their zoo experience have a few options. Through Sept. 18, there’s adult yoga on Wednesday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings offering a peaceful environment to practice while overlooking over the Chicago skyline.

For families, parent and toddler yoga takes a spin on the traditional practice and encourages kids to join along. The classes are held on Thursday mornings through Sept. 15. During class, parents can practice animal poses or read a peaceful book with their kids.

Locally Sourced at the Patio

Every Wednesday through the end of August, visitors are invited to the zoo to listen to local music while enjoying food and drinks at the Patio at Café Brauer, at the zoo’s Nature Boardwalk.

The evenings are sponsored by Half Acre Beer Company with weekly specials on tap, and tunes come courtesy of Old Town School of Folk Music.