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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

Yes, I did pay to see this. Glad to see this one is still funded after many of the art museums are not. This might be one of the best zoos you have visited... just go.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank woaishanghai
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We love this zoo. For a free community zoo, it is wonderful! I would choose this zoo anyday. They have a wide variety of animals. It is big and clean and well maintained. We have taken several friends here. A must see.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank msmead4356
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is the oldest privately zoo in the country, A jewel for Chicago and a short trip away from the crowded River north area, The attached "farm in the zoo" is a great place to introduce kids to farm animals!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank asapliverychicago
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting this zoo was a little depressing. The few animals that are there are not cared for and seem abandoned. The lion paced back and forth in the window and looked like it had anxiety. The polar bear paced too, and looked extremely unhealthy. All...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank karolyn1969
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this zoo is free which is great, there are lots of different animals here, its well worth a visit, but recommend

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank tracey d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Lincoln Park zoo puts on a spectacular light show lasting the Christmas season! It has ice carving and hot chocolate! It is a festival not to be missed! Starts as the sun goes down! Best to get there late afternoon it gets very. Crowded...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting this zoo seriously depressed me. The few animals that are there are not cared for and seem abandoned. The lion paced back and forth in the window and looked like it had anxiety. The polar bear paced too, and looked extremely unhealthy. All of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was the family trip of the year so being a party of 19 with kids from 2 to 15 we had to look for activities that were free and that would not bore them and make them all cranky. The Zoo seemed to be...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank RoyalCruiserFlovia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on our last day visiting Chicago. It was cold and snowing, but we decided to go anyway. It was so worth it! So many interesting animals and the fact that it’s partially outside and partially inside is definitely a plus. We had...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Samijo92
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the zoo on a cold, snowy Sunday in late February. Wasn’t expecting to see a lot of animals out but we were surprised to see more than our fair share. The indoor exhibits were great, specifically the aviary, the primate house, and small mammals....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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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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