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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
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It was miserably cold and rainy when my daughter and I went to this zoo, just perfect for the animals to be moving about! For a free zoo, it was well above average. In point of fact, it would stand well even with zoos that...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

While my wife and I were visiting our 2 millennials who live in and near Chicago (we are from Nebraska) they insisted that we experience the Zoo Lights event at the Lincoln Park Zoo. They were most correct. We took an Uber and were dropped...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank jchapo
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The zoo is free and is surrounded by many other places to stay close to nature. It is difficult to find a street parking, but public transportation is available.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank floraz224
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always enjoy a zoo and this was no exception. For a free attraction, it was amazing, very well kept and laid out with friendly and informative staff. A few of the animals were not out on the day we went but there was still more...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank matth2715
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was January in Chicago so it was cold so we didn't get to see too many animals. What an extensive and beautiful park. Well maintained. And can you believe it...Free! Wow!

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank wendyp272
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Lincoln Park Zoo before dinner in Lincoln Park -- it was an easy walk over to Geja's Cafe. We were there for Zoo Lights the weekend before Christmas. What a great time to visit. Light show and just overall experience of a stroll through...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dan F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing light show during Christmas time. Very nice walk thru to enjoy the animals. Some areas are under construction but still enjoyable.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank My3dog
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It doesn't matter what the weather is, this free zoo does not disappoint. It makes for a relaxing day at the park. You could buy food and ice cream there. But I prefer to pack a light blanket and lunch. In the winter you could...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NRM000
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Zoo lights and had a great time. Parking was expensive but close by. If want cheaper parking it is available around the zoo. I loved seeing the giraffes, hippos and the zoo lights of course. Was hoping to see the monkeys, and lions...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Cda212
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to take an evening adventure to Lincoln Park and Zoo Lights. Other family members suggested we go. It was a cool December evening and a lot fun. The park does a great job of lighting and adding circus type rides. The atmosphere was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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carmelryan262017
27 November 2018|
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Response from Dan C | Reviewed this property |
Not all exhibits will be open but some will be.
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occams-razor
30 July 2018|
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Response from timp48 | Reviewed this property |
Visit the Chicago History Museum first and get $9 validated parking good all day. 5 block walk to zoo.
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AndreS000000
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.
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