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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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The Midwest's major center for business conventions, Chicago boasts many affordable places to stay, with most hotels located around the airport and the city's central business district. To discover the city from a comfortable base within walking distance of most tourist attractions, aim for one of the big chain hotels in the downtown area. If you're traveling on a limited budget and wish to get a deeper sense of Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods, consider staying away from the pricey city center and explore suburbs on a commuter train line for easy city access.
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  • Family members came from Pennsylvania to visit us, so we went to the zoo to have a good time with them and the nephews, we enjoyed being there, even laughed a little when it started pouring. The only ...  more »
  • It is an excellent visit when you go to Chicago and a plus that it is free. There were crowds of kids there when we went as it seems to be a popular visit for schools and camps but since we came right...  more »
  • This zoo is so nice and a great way to spend a half day or more. The environment for people and animals is great. I like buying products that support the zoo.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.