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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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2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
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+1 312-742-2000
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Reviewed yesterday 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
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Reviewed 3 days 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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just 10 min from Chicago down town . You can even see it all in one hour if in a hurry. Other ways spend more time here and the beautiful surroundings ( parks, walk along the lake , enjoy your afternoon here and relax ....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank supermantravel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I live in walking distance of Lincoln Park Zoo, and consider it one of America's teasures. And it is free! One of the most diverse places in Chicago, with families, nursery schools ans school classes from all over the city at the right time of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Brigitteme76
Reviewed 1 week ago

The animals are all well cared for. Park is clean and very fun. We watch seal play and tigers feed. They had every amimal the children wanted to see.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Kimberly C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love going to the Lincoln Park Zoo. We recently went to an event with their holiday lights, ice carvings,brewpubs and food. It is a great size zoo, that you can stay 1/2 hour or 4 hours at! Since it is free, you do not...More

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

Love that this zoo is free. It is a great place to get a breath of fresh air in Chicago. The wolves they have here are really cool. Great activities for kids.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank ErinJL13
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have gone many times taking our children and grandchildren here. It’s clean, safe and lots of fun. You can walk from Mag Mile or there is plenty of parking at the zoo.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Beachbum0528
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I expected it to be a lot smaller since it's a free zoo. It's so big! Lions, monkeys, seals, birds, giraffes, and much more! This zoo is amazing. I hope to go back one day. Don't forget to leave a donation if you choose to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank cyrinay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Smaller and Older than Brookfield, but still a great day with kids of any age. Can't beet free. And its a short walk to the beach.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Dawn C
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27 November 2018|
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Response from Dan C | Reviewed this property |
Not all exhibits will be open but some will be.
31 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.
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.