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Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.3/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web
Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in America and is celebrated for its commitment to providing free admission. With over 1,000 animals representing over 200 species, it’s easy to see why the zoo is popular among Chicago visitors and natives alike. While it does have a strong family focus, the well-kept landscaping and prime location in the heart of Chicago make visiting this zoo a lovely daytime activity for anyone. The zoo also hosts cultural and educational events. Plan your Lincoln Park Zoo visit and explore what else you can see and do in Chicago using our Chicago vacation route planner.
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  • Zoo free but very well organized and very well supervised by competent and pedagogical agents. The animals are very well treated air. Still a little classic in its approach.
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  • In Lincoln Park being walking so also by the Zoo. Is pretty well laid out and many types of animals (zebra, giraffe, rhino, seal, Lion, jaguar and many more). When we were there it was very hot and layers the animals for pampes but well worth it
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  • This is such a great assest to the city of Chicago and its sponsors to make a great place like this. People from all over were seen here and my family was so excited to see everything they offered. Th...  read more »
  • I liked this zoo. It was completely free and nice to walk around in during the afternoon. It was actually quite large and required a good +3hours to browse the entire thing. It was crowded with lots of families, kids, and camps, however I was able to find quiet pockets in various exhibits to just enjoy the animals. There are various sections, from a bird sanctuary, to an ape den, to safari type areas for zebras, kangaroos etc. Check out their website for a map so you can see the variety of exhibits on display. The zoo is accessible by bus. I think the 151 stops closest to the zoo, but this bus can get really crowded! The zoo appears to really make an effort to replicate habitats, biomes and niches - to ensure the health and happiness of the animals. It also looks like they try to rotate the animals so they get adequate outdoor time in the larger sanctuaries. I'd definitely visit again.
  • Good place to kill time and get a good walk around to see animals from around the world. It's also free which is great (but also means it's super crowded, especially on weekends). The gorillas were going bonkers when we saw them, although I did feel a bit sad for most of the animals in their enclosures, which seemed a bit small. Staff and volunteers were knowledgeable and friendly though.
  • Animals freely on view. Public park space evocative of simpler times. Great food options and such a nice way to spend a day with the family. We rented a double stroller which was a great move. They handle well and proved quite useful.
  • I am from Erie, PA and loved this zoo! It is great that it is free. I was so surprised on how many animals and the variety that was there! I was also surprised by the size especially because it is in the city. I went on Monday, midday and it was not too crowded. Definitely worth a trip!
  • Great FREE little spot. At the time of day that I went there wasn't much going on and it was a bit humid and there were no vendors out. That was a bummer. Got to see some sea lions. In any case it's a great place to walk through on your way to something. The ultimate scenic route, if you will
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