Uninterrupted conversation? Who knew that existed? Family time is swell, but sometimes it’s nice to line up a sitter to spend time in a kid-free zone. Whether you swap stories over a meal or bond while touring some of the city’s most architecturally significant buildings, we’ve rounded up low-key, sitter-worthy ideas for adult fun. Enjoy the sound of silence!

Get some serious adulting done at LPZ

Ever wondered what goes on behind the gates after hours at Lincoln Park Zoo? Wonder no more. Leave the kids at home and head over for Adults Night Out. The over 21 crowd will enjoy unique animal chats, live entertainment and cash bars throughout the zoo. The highlights for the October 12 (6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.) event include a barn dance party, pumpkin patch, corn maze and special screening of Beetlejuice. For November 30 (6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.), Zoolights takes center stage. No kids. No crowds. Strolling between exhibits with a beer or glass of wine in hand. Sound fun? Join in!

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park. Online: lpzoo.org

photo: Lincoln Park Zoo

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— Maria Chambers