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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.
This was a fantastic zoo in the middle of Chicago. One the best Free things I've done in a while. It was a 10 minute bus ride from Michigan and Huron. Great assortment of animals, but no shows. You are all on your own. There...More
I love zoo’s and this one is free. Wished it did not rain while we were there but it was great. Animals seemed happy and easy to see and enjoy. There was educational speakers at some exhibits too. Idk how they do it but THANK...More
With quite an impressive range of animals housed in large enclosures this free zoo is a brilliant resource available free in the heart of the community. Plenty of cafes & food stalls selling a big variety of foods at quite reasonable, it’s very clean throughout...More
free zoo mid sept great time to visit .. not too hot or crowded. I took the bus her and a girl got off the bus at the same time .. we got to chatting and made a new friend. She was from Italy visiting...More
This zoo is beautifully maintained and covers a nice large area so go prepared for lots of walking! The animals appear very well taken care of, exhibits are clean and have lots of good vantage points. Watching the 1,000 pound polar bear playing with his...More
Great location to see the planes and the animals at the same time. Enjoyed the seal show & carousel. Best part is ability to aimlessly wander and it wasn’t even that crowded on an extremely busy Chicago weekend. Lunch grill pricey but it is a...More
Lincoln Park is a great visual experience beyond simply looking at the animals. The well-maintained gardens greet you at the west entrance. They stretch throughout the grounds and provide an amazing foreground to a pond overlooking downtown. All the animal exhibits are easy to reach...More
We have been coming to Lincoln Park zoo for over 40 years. This last time we were very surprised how much the zoo has changed from when we were first coming.
While it is free, it would appear that the financial troubles of Chicago have...More
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.