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Lincoln Park Zoo

#17 of 642 things to do in Chicago Features Animals
2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
+1 312-742-2000
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
Lincoln Park
+1 312-742-2000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This Zoo is wonderful for a free zoo. Beautiful and well maintained. The animals appear well cared for. Don't miss this Chicago Gem!

Thank RoseC49
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

While it's sad to have animals out of their natural environment, this is one of the well kept zoos I've been into, with a good array of animals teaching kids about animals' natural habitat, mammals, reptiles. The arctic polar section is pretty interesting, and kept...More

Thank Asli A
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There was something for the whole family at this zoo. We especially loved watching the trainers works with the seals. The monkeys and gorillas were also a highlight. There were so many to watch that we didn't want to move on! The best part was...More

Thank aaronj799
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a place I came to when I was young, and that I've now rediscovered with my young grandchildren, who have been here so many times they now give me "guided tours" of their favorite attractions: they have a mental map of the large...More

Thank TravelingScholar60
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This zoo has been a favorite Chicago destination with our family since our kids were young. My husband and I took our daughter and 3 grandkids here when they visited last week from Arizona. Free admission and convenient parking for a fee adjacent to zoo....More

Thank cheryl562015
Reviewed 3 days ago

I cannot believe this Zoo is free. It was clean, friendly volunteers and just a wonderful place to visit. I love giraffes and got to see two. Excellent location and could visit everyday.

Thank Nadine R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A few of the animal enclosures are sparse but the animals do not seem unhappy or in distress. For a free zoo, Lincoln Park is a great attraction for all ages. There is a nice variety of animals to see and the zoo is easily...More

Thank habat79
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lincoln park zoo is a great place to go and have a great time, and if you're on a budget, don't worry as it is free admission! If you want to make a day of it spend time at the zoo and then walk over...More

Thank Evelyn E
Reviewed 4 days ago

We haven’t been to this zoo in years, so decided to visit here with the family for Mother’s Day. So did half of Chicago! We made a few mistakes the locals probably wouldn’t make. The designated Zoo parking is near Fullerton Pkwy and Cannon Dr....More

Thank TheTravelgirl2
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice stop if you have a few hours while in Chicago. The zoo is free and has a nice assortment of animals.

Thank pastparticiple
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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parking available for free?
26 March 2017|
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Response from Arturo G | Reviewed this property |
I drove around 5min and found a free spot open, just gotta be patient
Coming to Chicago Jan 14 th weekend... Would like to take 5 and 8 yr niece and nephew to the zoo.. If it is to cold to be outside is there enough to do inside exhibits @ the zoo to make it worth a winter visit?
2 January 2017|
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Response from ABrummie2 | Reviewed this property |
Chicago is usually cold in Winter. While there are inside exhibits there is a distance between these. Not the best time to visit as some animals might be away on "vacation" from the cold.
is there better a.k.a. cheaper parking that's still nearby (within walking)?
29 December 2016|
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Response from CultureVulture60657 | Reviewed this property |
There is a small amount of parking along the curb along Stockton Drive west of the Zoo and more curb parking along Cannon Drive north of Fullerton Ave. But finding an open space after 9 am is rare. The Chicago Park... More