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Lincoln Park Zoo

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Address: 2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Established in 1868, this 35-acre, beautifully landscaped zoo is one of...

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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First of all, this zoo is free admission. I love that the peopl of Chicago can bring there kids here & educate about wildlife. There are plenty of exhibits to see. I enjoyed this... read more

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Merced, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

First of all, this zoo is free admission. I love that the peopl of Chicago can bring there kids here & educate about wildlife. There are plenty of exhibits to see. I enjoyed this short trip to the zoo, would recommend.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While the grounds are expansive and many exhibits exist they are not all inhabited. There was very little to see and while i always enjoy the zoo and free is always good this is a good thing to do if you have small children. I was not impressed and would have been very upset if i had paid to get... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

In the category of free zoo's, Lincoln park is top notch. Obviously, if you go to an expensive place like Brookfield zoo there is going to be more to do there, but Lincoln park is almost as good and it's FREE. Great views of the skyline of Chicago as you walk around and admire the animals. Parking in the area... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The most interesting 'animals' I saw were the numerous fat humans acting like animals because of a free Haribo Eater egg giveaway, disgusting behaviour. I stayed in this 'zoo' for 20 minutes then left, thankfully it's free so can't complain too much.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I want to give a higher rating because the park itself is beautiful, free and well maintained. The only problem is I feel bad for the animals being in such small enclosures. Definitely a must see place no matter what time of year as the park decorates during the holidays.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Presumably funded by generous donations or the local government, this was one of the best zoos I've been to in the US. Situated in Lincoln Park, which itself is well worth a walk around, it's fairly easy to get to by public transport too.

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Hockessin, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited on a warm spring afternoon and saw many animals out and about, including a flock of Flamingos, numerous primates and two beautiful Giraffes. The Zoo is free as well as the connecting park and walking trails and it is worth the trip on a nice day to get in a nice walk, see the residential neighborhood nearby and snap... More 

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Stavanger, Norway
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great Zoo. So glad we visited it while we were in Chicago. It`s great that it is free. Lot`s of things to see and the park is clean. We ate at the restaurant.

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Southlake, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Smallish, free zoo right in town. Beautiful park all around. Beach nearby too. Would be great for a picnic. It is very clean and has a nice variety of animals. Most of them were pretty active so that makes it more fun. We parked right on the street so no cost involved.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The apes were very active the day we visited going freely between the inside and outside. We were able to be very close to the animals and enjoyed the interaction very much. The Zoo is free but we were happy to buy items in the gift shop to help support the zoo. It costs about $70,000 a day to keep... 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. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.
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