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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. By using our Chicago travel route planner , you can arrange your visit to Lincoln Park Zoo and other attractions in Chicago.
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  • Very warm day high 90's but several areas to cool off and view the animals. Lower level of sea otters, ape house, reptile house, sitting in shade to watch the gibbons. You can't argue with free and zo...  more »
  • I wasn't that excited about going to the zoo on my first trip to chicago I was extremely and pleasantly suprised by this zoo Great habitats for the animals to live in and for people to view them AND I...  more »
  • I enjoyed my experience in this zoo a lot. It's really nice to see animals of different species interact in the same room (sometimes with no cage separating them from the people). Animals also seem to...  more »
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  • Beautiful zoo, located on the lakefront. It is one of the oldest zoos in the US and it's free. If you're patient you can find free street parking in front of the zoo. If not, parking is expensive. The animal exhibits are well cared for. You do have nice views of all the animals. Food is a bit pricey, but then again the zoo is free. Bring out the family and enjoy this beautiful landmark zoo!
  • An important factor when taking children: it's a reasonably-sized zoo. You get the full experience and see lots of animals, but you don't have to walk ten miles per visit to do it. It's clean and well-maintained. Staff are friendly. We were particularly excited to see the lions out on our most recent trip! A fun experience all around!
  • Lincoln Park Zoo was one of the highlights of our Chicago trip. Just a quick uber ride from navy pier area and we were there. We came here on our final day and only had a few hours to fill before we had to catch the train. We were only able to see about a third of the zoo. I think someone could easily make an all day adventure out of a visit to this zoo. Lincoln Park zoo is very clean and well organized. The animals all appear to be very healthy and happy. If you're looking for a fun, inexpensive (free), activity in Chicago, this is highly recommended.
  • For a free entrance zoo this is really well maintained. And you can see a variety of animals. We saw lions, reptiles, and a few rodents. That's all we had time for. But there are many others you can find. The gardens are beautiful and the atmosphere is really good. Better go there when the climate is right though. A day where its too hot or too cold you may not feel like being around since most of the attractions are in the open.
  • This is a must-see when visiting Chicago. We loved it. Being completely free dud not mean it skimped on animals. We parked and walked across to get to the North Beach. It was awesome!! The kids loved it. It was crowded but typical of popular beaches. Fun to people watch and walk along.
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