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Lincoln Park Zoo

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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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2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
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+1 312-742-2000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The zoo was free. Unbelievable nowadays. Arrived when they first opened. Very nice grounds. Friendly employees caring for the animals. The ape exhibit was the best I have ever seen. Truly amazing experience. Very active this time of day. Great way to spend the morning.

Thank Craig L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Lincoln Park zoo is a lovely zoo in the heart of Chicago’s near north side. Immaculately maintained and beautifully landscaped, the zoo is home to a wide array of animals. Our grandson son loved the penguins, polar bear and giraffes. The Lincoln Park zoo...More

Thank markkX6690EX
Reviewed 2 days ago

A great (and free!) way to spend an afternoon or morning in Lincoln Park. Very well kept and lots of different animals on show.

Thank Olivia C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I should point out that I’m not a great fan of zoos at the best of times. This one is average. The lion house is closed for renovation and quite a lot of the animals were reticent to show themselves. There are no elephants. .OK...More

Thank martinidoc
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were visiting Chicago for a week from Australia, our first visit. We rode bikes all the way along Lake Shore Drive for the day, and we stopped at Lincoln Park Zoo for what we thought would be a quick little visit. Boy were we...More

Thank hornymull
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited here while in Lincoln Park and it was very average. Fantastic that it’s free but the animals looked sad and were few and far between. Needs some work.

Thank HayleyNZ87
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

In fairness, I want to state right up front that we only had two hours at the zoo so my opinion is limited. We were part of a tour, had time to kill before heading to the airport, so opted for a stop here. We...More

Thank lobstaluva
Reviewed 6 days ago

Free zoo but went I went I only saw 5 animals. The habitats were run down and there was hardly any animals out. I rode the small ferris wheel.

Thank apitman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing that it does not cost anything. It is a very good zoo and it gets amazing since it is free. Lions, snakes, monkeys, they have most of it. Please do spend a few hours here, it is well worth it.

Thank Patrik Q
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice size zoo to stroll through & great size for children. Very close to the lake so a combination of the two make for a very healthy walk. The animals houses all seem to be very well maintained. Having so many animals...More

Thank luvtarheelstate
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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!!