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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wasn’t sure what to expect from a free zoo.....but it was good! Most of the animals were indoors - which was expected due to the colder weather. But the indoor displays were great. The monkeys and gorilla exhibits were especially great as they were quite...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank indiast2017
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It's free!!!!! So it's a no brainer. Great city and lake views. Really cool animals. I'm really surprised it's free. A great place to check out

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank busdog04
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very nice display of holiday lights. No charge to get in. A lot of families enjoying a community night out. We enjoyed this event. A nice evening out.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bob H
Reviewed 3 days ago

For a free zoo I was really blown away. The Lincoln Park Zoo has a good number of attractions and mix of wildlife. This is a great way to spend a day if the weather is nice.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MsTravelKC
Reviewed 3 days ago

The "Zoo Lights" did not disappoint. It was a great display. The lights are very pretty. There is plenty of places to run in to warm up; hot chocolate and mulled wine available and food. The animal houses were open too. There was music playing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kkmom12
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was a great night visiting the zoo all done up in lights and music. Free entry to wander around and view the displays of lights in animal and christmas shapes. The middle section lighting is coordinated with different music which is fabulous. Cafe open...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank deewill47
Reviewed 4 days ago

We have been to the zoo before during the summer and enjoyed it very much, but have never been to the Christmas Light Display that we have heard how awesome it was. This was one of the reasons we came to Chicago and we were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tazlady198
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great event for Young and old. Walk Lincoln park zoo with family and friends. See the lights and listen to the Holuday music. Hot Chocolate and wine sold through out. A little crowded. Avoid driving down here. Take the train and an Uber. Enjoy it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank melk516
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice Zoo in the middle of the city. It is free of charge. Zoo is inside beautiful Lincoln Park. Great to bring children along to see the different animals or just walk along. Most of the animals were inside due to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank grigolm
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went for the Zoo Lights and they did not disappoint! The cafe is open and they also have hot chocolate stands.

Date of experience: December 2018
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27 November 2018|
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Response from Dan C | Reviewed this property |
Not all exhibits will be open but some will be.
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.