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Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

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#2 of 41 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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  • Lincoln Park zoo is not a big zoo. It is small, charming zoo right near the lakefront in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. There are plenty of animals to see in very well designed exhibits. The enjoym...  more »
  • Love this zoo. I’ve been a number of times and will keep going back. The animals seems happy. Although in the winter the apes/monkeys seems a bit bored as they weren’t allowed outside. Lots of variety...  more »
  • We really enjoyed the Zoolights! And a free activity is always good when you have teenage boys in Chicago! (Eating out is way more expensive than it used to be!) It was a nice mix of being outside and...  more »
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  • Parking can be a struggle, but once you're inside you feel better about being there. Free admission, other items for you pay for. During the Christmas holiday, they have lights everywhere. It's so beautiful. The summertime is great too. Catching the animals out in their habitat is awesome. The pedal dove boats are so sweet. The grounds are quit clean and they have public bathrooms.
  • I am astonished by this city zoo...so beautiful, clean, and spacious! The animal exhibits are plentiful...there is so much to explore and enjoy...and it is FREE and open 365 days a year! I am so impressed at the quality of this zoo for being free of charge. There are seals, beavers, primates, reptiles, bears, rhinos, big cats, wolves, ostriches, kangaroos, zebras, bats, swan and duck lake, cavys, etc. Polar bears and penguins will be added to the zoo in fall of 2016, too! There are air conditioned animal and bird exhibits, too, in beautifully clean and well-maintained facilities to catch a break from the outdoor exhibits during very hot and humid weather. Even the drinking fountains are beautiful at this zoo...beautiful brass sculptural drinking fountains whimsically adorned with animals of course! There is a lovely patio for dining and refreshments near an enclosed baboon exhibit, which makes for great entertainment while eating lunch. My little girl loved the gorgeous carousel outfitted with every zoo animal imaginable....she chose to ride the leopard on the carousel because it matched her leopard shoes she wore the day we were there (too much cuteness, I swear). A small train is available for children to ride as well. The carousel and train are a few bucks to ride...and worth the smiles it brings to kids' faces....especially mine! Love this place!
  • I love love love the Lincoln Park zoo. I can spend hours there observing the animals in their natural habitat or just people watch. Either way the zoo always has something going on and is a lot of FREE fun. Also the zoo has some great spots to take great pictures of the lake or the skyline. Last but not least, the petting zoo is great to watch chicks hatch and begin their life. There's something for everyone in there.
  • The animals were awesome. Great entertainment. Lovely place to take kids or your significant others. Took my girlfriend at the time and had a wonderful time. Great staff as well. So peaceful and beautiful in places as well. This is a must go see and visit if you go to Chicago. The beautiful windy city.
  • I had a great day at the Lincoln Park Zoo, it was very easy to get there by bus, we had enough time to see everything. It was easy to walk around the park, following the trail, we saw all the animals, the description panels were informative and fun to read. Best part was the polar bear! I suggest you to bring your own lunch, there were benches and empty spaces for you to have your own picnic but not a lot of restaurants.
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