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“An Amazing Small Zoo”
Review of Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo
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US$ 174.50*
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Private Chicago City Sights Helicopter Tour
Ranked #48 of 701 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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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 older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 April 2018

The zoo is located just outside of the city in the most beautiful setting with the lake to one side and the city skyline in front. It had been snowing that day, so some of the animals were reluctant to make an appearance. Some exhibits were under construction as it was low season. There was a great variety of animals to view, and the bird house was a particular favourite as in one area, the birds were flying above you. Its a great way to spend a few hours from the hustle and bustle of the city, and it's free.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of my favorite places in the city of Chicago to visit. The enclosures are well-maintained and are constantly being upgraded through generous donations and grants. It's incredible to see gorillas, tigers, giraffes, and zebras in Chicago. Plus, the zoo is free!

Thank Benjamin W
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We take our kids to Chicago every year, and never miss a day at this zoo. Very grateful it is still free admission, and open every day of the year. We just love the whole experience. We especially enjoy the ape compound. Disappointed the lion exhibit is temporarily closed, but look forward to a better living space for those beautiful creatures.

Thank Nancyann-George B
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Oh my goodness, what an amazing place! I can’t believe this place is free, what an incredible thing! This would never happen in the UK. A great range of animals, and really good enclosures with plenty to keep the animals entertained. I am a huge animal lover, and go back and forth on the very idea of Zoos, but there is no doubt these guys are being looked after and cared for. For instance, there were vultures and eagles there, and they are there as because of past injuries, they would not survived in the wild as they wouldn’t be able to hunt, this made me feel better.

We went in February when it was very cold, but thankfully the sun came out so it was a really lovely morning there. Loved the Polar bear...incredible to see one just a few feet away. There are a lot of volunteers there who are very knowledgable and happy to talk to you are tell you all about the animals. Really lovely and personable touch. The surround Lincoln Park area is a really lovely too.

Definitely worth a visit, probably the highlight of my trip!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

My daughter loved it. She stumbled upon it and before she knew it she was watching the big cats getting fed.

Thank Christian N
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