Points of Light – Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo

I focus many of my Pointing activities on earning awards for big, flashy trips in far flung exotic locations.  However, sometimes I have to remind myself that some of the best experiences can be had by simply walking outside my front door.  F’s Brother and his wife are in town this weekend and last night we walked down the street to Lincoln Park.  It was a perfect winter night in Chicago so we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and pay a visit to the annual ZooLights celebration.


Founded in 1868, Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the country’s oldest institutions of its kind. The Zoo also has the distinction of being free and open to the public 365 days a year. Each year around the Holidays, the Zoo mounts its annual ZooLights celebration which features colorful luminous displays throughout the park.  Hot chocolate, popcorn and Christmas music were all in abundance as we took a nice post-dinner leisurely stroll.







If you happen to be in Chicago over the next few couple of weeks, the ZooLights celebration would be a great option for an early evening, family-friendly activity.  The lights are currently shining on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays from 5 pm to 9 pm. From December 26 through January 6 the Zoolights will be flickering nightly.


Everyone was in great spirits.  Plus, given yesterday’s tragic news it was just so comforting being around family, children and the simple pleasures in life.  How many points did I earn last night?  ABSOLUTELY ZERO.  And you know what? I’m totally cool with that.