Where the Wild Things Are – a Quick Guide to Local Petting Zoos & Animal Sanctuaries | Chicago North Shore Moms


☀️ We’re finally headed into warmer temps, and what better time to explore the outdoors (and some indoors) with your kids at a local petting zoo or animal sanctuary! The options below will delight and some will even surprise you! Covid restrictions are still in place and all establishments do require face coverings as well as advance reservations or tickets. Please do reach out to us via email if you know of one we missed! Enjoy!


River Nature Trail Center in Northbrook

3120 Milwaukee Ave

Northbrook, IL 60062


Mar – Oct: 9am – 5pm, closed Fridays and Nov – Feb: 9am – 4pm, closed Fridays

No Dogs


The trails are beautiful here and there is a small animal sanctuary of wild animals in need of rehab – large bird species like hawks and you can even view a coyote up close!


The Grove of Glenview

With 150 acres of ecologically diverse land preserved and maintained by the Glenview Park District, The Grove is one of the Glenview Park District’s busiest attractions.


Kamins Farm Sanctuary in Grayslake

Check their Facebook or Instagram page for up-to-date events information – This is not a drop-in space but registered events only.

Goat cuddles, goat yoga and so much more! Seven acres of over 50 rescued farm friends, big and small.


Cosley Zoo in Wheaton

1356 N. Gary Ave.

Wheaton, IL 60187


Open 9am – 5pm advanced tickets required

Vistor Prices:

  • Wheaton Park District Residents: Free! with a Wheaton Park District Universal Resident ID*
  • Nonresident Adults (ages 18-54): $8 + processing fee
  • Nonresident Adults (ages 55 and over): $7 + processing fee
  • Cosley Zoo Members: Free! (Please show your Cosley Zoo membership card and a photo ID.)
  • All Children (birth to age 17): Free!


Wildlife Discovery Center through the Lake Forest Parks Department

1401 Middlefork Dr

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Phone: 847-810-3663

The WDC’s Outdoor Trails are open Tues/Fri/Sat/Sun 10-4.

Our indoor exhibits have re-opened! The WDC’s Indoor Exhibits are open Tues/Fri/Sat/Sun. Admission is free, but you must register for a time slot.



Historic Wagner Farms

2400 Chestnut Avenue

Glenview, IL 60026


The Wagner Farm Heritage Center Museum and Main Exhibits are closed, except for registered programming. The grounds remain open for visitation. The gift shop and restrooms inside the Heritage Center are open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Lambs Farm in Libertyville

14245 W. Rockland Road

Libertyville, IL 60048

Phone Number: 847.362.4636

The Farmyard opens April 3, 2021: Tuesday-Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5pm CLOSED MONDAYS.

$5 per person, Mini Golf Included. Military Discount: Enter MILITARY as the coupon code during checkout. Children under 2 are FREE.


Randall Oaks Zoo @ The Randall Oaks Recreation Center

500 N. Randall Road

West Dundee, IL 60118

(847) 428-7131 ext. 4260

March 27-October 31 (Daily): 9:00 am-5:00 pm

$4.00 Resident | $4.75 Nonresident
Children ages one and under are FREE & United States Military with ID.

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