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Lincoln Park Zoo

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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
2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
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+1 312-742-2000
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 22 December 2002

If you're visiting Chicago this holiday season, make sure you schedule an evening visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo. My fiance and I had a great time last night strolling through the zoo grounds, which are extravagantly decorated with millions of lights. I'm not sure...More

33  Thank LoveTravel22893
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 28 December 2004

It is a known fact that, even though zoos try their best, elephants do not do well in zoos, especially in cold climates. They must be inside on hard cement floors and even sometimes chained. Most elephants are there only to please the crowds and...More

24  Thank Peabody22
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Reviewed yesterday

This zoo is a must-see among other attractions in its vicinity. It also hosts a nice park which people can use for walks or jogging. The park is well maintained, however the zoo overall could do with some more cleanliness. The enclosures look a little...More

Thank KevinAndrew356
Reviewed yesterday

Zoo looks a little bit uncared (maybe it's because you can visit it for free); but many animals to see, my kids (9 and 12) enjoyed the visit!

Thank Danilo J
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a surprise - we were searching for the payment kiosk and guess what - there isn't one because it's free!! Unbelievable really. Worth a visit.

Thank spireman
Reviewed 3 days ago

So much to see, easy to get to on public transportation. It is free. The monkey's exhibition was extremely interesting. Did not know so many species existed. Great time to spend on a Sunday. Nice walk and lots of entertainment for the kids.

Thank IvetteD68
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well laid out, great exhibits, nice grounds. Don't forget the nature walk around the pond. I think we saw some turtles in there. I'd say skip eating there and bring food from outside or just go eat elsewhere in the city. The kids had a...More

Thank EDLichtenstein
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very nice Zoo, especially for kids. Entrance is free. Territory is not so large, but clean and comfortable. I can recommend to visit this lovely place.

Thank lukas21011977
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really do enjoy this Zoo. Of the Park Zoos that I’ve been to (Prospect Park and the laughable Central Park) this is the best one. It was the first chilly weather in Chicago so some animals were out and enjoying it while others just laid...More

Thank qwick
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A beautiful and free zoo in Chicago. Lots of families were enjoying themselves, and lots of school projects were being done at this zoo. Everyone was having a great time. The gorilla building is not to be missed. Amazing!!

Thank KCLBoston
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice zoo without entrance fee at the north end of downtown shopping district. During the advent season they light it up with lots of lights, quite beautifully. It is literally a part of the large Lincoln Park on the shoreline of Lake...More

Thank work-to-travelMI
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one fo a kind of zoo, which still offers free entry. Though not a very big zoo, its still has a good collection of aquatic animals, predators, as well as birds.The park is well laid out ,and one can spend half a day...More

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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.
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!!