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Lincoln Park Zoo

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Average8%
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Established in 1868, this 35-acre, beautifully landscaped zoo is one of America's last free-admission zoos. The Great Ape House has one of the best assemblages of gorillas and chimpanzees in the world.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
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+1 312-742-2000
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Reviewed yesterday

This was a fantastic zoo in the middle of Chicago. One the best Free things I've done in a while. It was a 10 minute bus ride from Michigan and Huron. Great assortment of animals, but no shows. You are all on your own. There...More

Thank C M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I love zoo’s and this one is free. Wished it did not rain while we were there but it was great. Animals seemed happy and easy to see and enjoy. There was educational speakers at some exhibits too. Idk how they do it but THANK...More

Thank babeegirltwice
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

With quite an impressive range of animals housed in large enclosures this free zoo is a brilliant resource available free in the heart of the community. Plenty of cafes & food stalls selling a big variety of foods at quite reasonable, it’s very clean throughout...More

Thank Sarah E
Reviewed 3 days ago

free zoo mid sept great time to visit .. not too hot or crowded. I took the bus her and a girl got off the bus at the same time .. we got to chatting and made a new friend. She was from Italy visiting...More

Thank chattygirl7491
Reviewed 6 days ago

This zoo is beautifully maintained and covers a nice large area so go prepared for lots of walking! The animals appear very well taken care of, exhibits are clean and have lots of good vantage points. Watching the 1,000 pound polar bear playing with his...More

Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location to see the planes and the animals at the same time. Enjoyed the seal show & carousel. Best part is ability to aimlessly wander and it wasn’t even that crowded on an extremely busy Chicago weekend. Lunch grill pricey but it is a...More

Thank chilady34
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the zoo and try to stop in as often as we can! A wonderful place to walk, even in winter (although a bit cold!). Always plenty to see!

Thank KelloggBirdSanctuary
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being from ST Louis I am used to an amazing zoo......and at no cost. Lincoln Park Zoo......you outdo yourself. A must see. Especially if you have kids.

Thank Robert E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lincoln Park is a great visual experience beyond simply looking at the animals. The well-maintained gardens greet you at the west entrance. They stretch throughout the grounds and provide an amazing foreground to a pond overlooking downtown. All the animal exhibits are easy to reach...More

Thank rodietraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been coming to Lincoln Park zoo for over 40 years. This last time we were very surprised how much the zoo has changed from when we were first coming. While it is free, it would appear that the financial troubles of Chicago have...More

Thank McWett
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Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through
one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park
boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a
free zoo open to visitors year-round. This
pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks,
row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln
Park itself borders the lakefront area offering
peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline.
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30 July 2018|
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Response from Tim P | Reviewed this property |
Visit the Chicago History Museum first and get $9 validated parking good all day. 5 block walk to zoo.
Andre S
10 June 2018|
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Response from doreen h | Reviewed this property |
yes absolutely, but if you’re driving it’s difficult to find parking.
Pattie C
23 May 2018|
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Response from sarahmarshall16 | Reviewed this property |
Street parking! Stockton runs along the west side of the zoo. Park between Fullerton or Dickens for easy access to the entrances. Enjoy!!