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Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    When we found out the zoo had no admission fee, we definitely decided to visit since everything in Chicago has a price. They offer lots of animal exhibits, as well as a cafe and a few snack stands. Th...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Beautiful Zoo with great exhibits! Did I mention it's FREE!!! They do accept donations. It was very clean, too!  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    You can perfectly walk with a walk on the shore of the Lake. The zoo is free and great unpretentious offers some views of animals good to enjoy with children.
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  • May 8, 2017
    For a free zoo, this place is great. They have lots of variety in animals and the grounds are very well kept. The location is very good for extending your trip into the park, out onto the lake, or into the conservatory. Those three activities would make for a great half day in Chicago when the weather is nice. The bridge just outside the southwest exit of the zoo provides one of my favorite views of the city. Also, if you are a sloth lover, the mother and baby sloth are worth the trip alone.
  • June 16, 2017
    I love this zoo! It is the best free zoo I've ever visited, and is easy to get to on the bus. The new facilities are beautiful, and the animals seem well taken care of. The food court area can be pricey, like at any zoo, but it is worth it since you don't pay admission. Zookeepers and other staff are always very nice.
  • May 26, 2017
    It's a great free zoo to spend half a day at. It's not very large so I couldn't spend the whole day there. They also don't have a large amount of large animals, mostly because they don't have a lot of room. The keepers in the park are very helpful and very knowledgeable for all our questions. The zoo was filled very quickly and was so crowded we had to leave. I wonder what it's like when it isn't a chilly overcast day.
  • March 16, 2017
    The zoo is a wonderful destination - even in the winter weather. The animals were very active and they are very close and easily visible even for small children. The mid-day crowd on a weekday was sparse and we were the only visitor's in many areas. The birds in the bird house weren't shy and came near to us on our walk through their areas. The apes we're especially playful and it was interesting to see them interact with the snow the keepers brought in to their enclosure. If you are nearby and have a few hours you should definitely check the zoo out. You can't beat the price either - free!
  • June 20, 2017
    Nice free zoo, well worth the trip, kids had a great time. Large variety in animals and the grounds are well kept. Plenty of scenic walking extending out onto the lake and the Lincoln park area, keep walking north past the Farm area and you will run into the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

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