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Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

(4.3/5 based on 4,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I visited the zoo in december to watch the zoo lights and it was amazing. So beautiful with al the lights and you get the chance to se som exiting animals too. I missed that you couldn't go in somewhe...  more »
  • I love that Lincoln Park Zoo is free, but the parking can be difficult. The variety of animals is amazing for a small, urban zoo. 
  • Both my children enjoyed this Zoo. It was free when we went. We took a hotel car so we did not need to pay for parking. It was very cold outside but this Zoo has some indoor exhibits. 
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  • Awesome experience for my son and I. The staff is very nice and helpful. It is definitely different than our Zoo in Houston. The indoor enclosures are neat to experience. Plenty of room to see the animals , had no problems wth that. Restrooms were clean. Sadly, the Polar bear exhibit is under construction. For afternoon fun, it was great. We rode public transportation so parking wasn't an issue for us!
  • Great free zoo! Not crowded in a weekdays (I would recommend to visit it during the weekdays). Beautiful at any season. Has a carousel that my daughter loves (it costs only $3 per ride). Also visit Nature walk - beautiful view definitely worth it!
  • Top Place in the City to Visit! The views are amazing. And it's FREE! The animals are awesome. Definitely find the Birds of Prey House and enjoy the free flying birds. Also the Penguins and Seals are a must see. Don't plan to eat here though as the food prices are astronomical and unfortunately you have to walk a good 3 blocks for anything else. RJ Grunts is a good option but can be very crowded and they put MSG in their meat now.
  • I don't go to a lot of Zoo's, but I have been to some world class ones (Amsterdam). This Zoo is a great, free, open place to take a walk or take your kids. It's very clean, for a zoo, and everything was maintained very well. There are a lot of places to investigate indoors, such as the Big Cats or the Apes. Personal feelings of caged animals aside, it is a very great opportunity to get up close and personal with some magnificent animals. My family loved it.
  • Fun place to spend a couple of hours, with or without kids. The place is free, which is good; but you get what you pay for :) meaning that every time I go there I can't see half of the animals (they have a lot of privacy so they can hide), which I do not mind at all...just saying.