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“Totally beautiful and free!”
Review of Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo
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Ranked #17 of 648 things to do in Chicago
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Chicago
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407 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Totally beautiful and free!”
Reviewed 27 February 2012

All the expected animals in a beautiful setting for strolling.
Ape house especially good. Pedal boats nearby, views of downtown Chicago, too. Parking a bit difficult, but some pay spots.

Visited July 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Not the best zoo I've seen - very limited”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

It was cold today, about 25, so most of the animals wouldn't come out.
The apes and monkeys exhibits are nice, and the polar bear was very cute.
The new attraction- red pandas are hardly visible as they are put behind a net and not glass.

I'd go just because it's free and a nice way to spend a few hours, but really - go to a nicer zoo...

Visited February 2012
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Free zoo!”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Lots of animals on display, it's free (except to park), and close to the beach.

Visited June 2011
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Urban oasis”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Forget hustle and bustle, scorching parking lots, lines, and crowds, this Lincoln Park treasure is leafy, free, and fun. Meander among the animals as you stroll through the park.

Visited July 2011
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Poor zoo”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

This zoo is very poor. The animals don't have great conditions and that it's sad. Maybe they should charge visitors.

Visited February 2012
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