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Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

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#2 of 36 in Outdoors in Chicago
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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  • We have been to many zoos and this is the only free one of substantial quality that we have seen. The Gorillas are a must see, so many, active apes!  more »
  • A wonderful discovery while visiting Chicago! This zoo is completely free to get into and very clean! The gift shop had plenty to choose from and all the proceeds go toward keeping the zoo free!  more »
  • One of the nicest Zoo's I have ever visited, not crowded, beautiful grounds and easy to get around. A short ride for down town and worth the time. All free.  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.

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