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Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

4.4
#2 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Illinois
Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in America and is celebrated for its commitment to providing free admission. With over 1,000 animals representing over 200 species, it’s easy to see why the zoo is popular among Chicago visitors and natives alike. While it does have a strong family focus, the well-kept landscaping and prime location in the heart of Chicago make visiting this zoo a lovely daytime activity for anyone. The zoo also hosts cultural and educational events. By using our Chicago travel route planner , you can arrange your visit to Lincoln Park Zoo and other attractions in Chicago.
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  • The parklands around the Zoo are spectacular this time of year. Flowers everywhere. The Conservatory as always is like a Zen masterpiece. So much beauty and calm in the middle of a huge city. The Zoo ...  more »
  • This is a good size zoo, with lots of animals and a number of pavilions, which is surprising since it’s free. There are picnic areas and places to buy food. There’s a nearby farmyard exhibit for littl...  more »
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  • It was a little windy and cold on my visit and it was really nice to see almost every animal had a choice between the outdoor and indoor habitats. The animal exhibits were beautiful and it was a beautiful walk through the zoo. The gift shop also had 50-70% off of everything for remodeling which was a nice surprise. Easy to find some garage parking a few blocks over I prepaid for. Super great zoo!
  • Free zoo. Amazing. It was a cold day, and my kids did love the animals. However, since it was chilly, they really preferred spending their time on the indoor climbing gym that was made out of recycled materials and looked like hanging vines. Super fun!
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