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Lincoln Park Zoo

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Lincoln Park
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Address: 2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
Phone Number:
+1 312-742-2000
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Established in 1868, this 35-acre, beautifully landscaped zoo is one of...

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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Best FREE zoo!

I was extremely surprised at the size and diversity of this zoo. I was lucky and was able to park right by an entrance, but I would imagine that this wouldn't be the normal case... read more

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Misawa, Japan
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Misawa, Japan
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6 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was extremely surprised at the size and diversity of this zoo. I was lucky and was able to park right by an entrance, but I would imagine that this wouldn't be the normal case. There's a parking lot, but the fees seem expensive (I'm from a much smaller city). The zoo itself was amazing. There were big cats, bears,... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Animals seam to be well taken care of. Exhibits are geared toward kids. Zoo keepers are around to interact with visitors. Great outdoor activity & it's free.

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Frankenmuth, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lincoln Park Zoo has a great selection of animals including large cats, rhino, and various bear species. The viewing areas are less restrictive than other zoos I have visited allowing for better photos. Pathways are well laid out in loops and the habitats are well constructed providing the visitor an in environment experience. The bridge at the south end provides... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

nice little zoo, its free which is rare in chicago , small , you can quickly see everything, nice layout,

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful well maintained zoo, great option to take the family of a weekend. It's free an the kids love it. We enjoyed our time there.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This zoo is free. I would like to start my review by saying how wonderful I think it is that the city of Chicago provides a free attraction like this to locals, families and visitors alike. We were extremely impressed. Secondly, the zoo is really enjoyable. I am a big advocate for animal welfare, and I always judge a zoo... More 

Thank S G
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We've been going to Lincoln Park zoo since I was a kid and now my cousins and I have made it a family tradition with our kids. You can purchase food or bring your own and have a picnic.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were in the area on our last day in town and wanted a quick pop-in. We showed up at 4:39 (they close at 5:00). We were not allowed in. I pointed out that it wasn't time yet, but the attendant wouldn't let us in. If you don't let people in after (I'm guessing it was 4:30) you need to... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great time. Nice selection of animals to see. Amazing that this place is free. Would make a great family day out. Highly recommended.

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Albrighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

quite disappointed off the zoo, it is free to visit but feel that there is so much that could be done better, there are size issues and there are things that could be done better

Thank flange41

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Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.
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