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“Lincoln Park Zoo”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo
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Chicago Lincoln Park Bike Adventure
Ranked #18 of 635 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
niles il
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“Lincoln Park Zoo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

Great little zoo located in the big city along the lake. Biggest problem is parking! FREE, clean, nice variety of animals

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Arlington, TX
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“Wow! A free zoo ($20 parking) in the middle of the city!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

This zoo was much bigger and had more animals than I thought. It was really neat being at zoo smack dab in the middle of a big city. Wonderful experience!

Visited March 2012
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“Best in-the-city zoo anywhere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

Compared to most zoos, Lincoln Park has animals rather close to the observers. The zoo is compact so you can walk it without getting tired (for adults). There's not a huge collection of animals, but there are some real highlights. My favorites are: Seals; tigers if they're out; the gorillas- always interesting; the monkeys; the frogs; and of course the super-speedy penguins underwater. I also like the flamingos when they're active, they're so exotic. The whole children's zoo area is much better than most similar ones.
Dislikes- few places to site down for a respite; and it can be very crowded in the summer. My favorite times to go are fall and spring. Oh, and at Christmas they have a great light display- there are music-synchronized light shows, it's fun even for the kids.
Overall- quite a bargain, it's free. I don't think I've seen any comparable zoos that don't charge admission.
If you're in Chicago, you really should get to the zoo- and if you have an hour or so, go to the Conservatory next door (literally 100 feet away) and see the koi and all the exotic plants (and flower shows). The Conservatory is especially nice in fall/winter, it's nice and warm and no wind, and there's always a beautiful holiday show. (With model trains).

Visited December 2011
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Paris, France
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“Teasure in the City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

The Lincoln Park Zoo is such a wonderful place to go with family or friends. It can be crowded when the weather breaks, but it is well worth the trip. It's an experience of pure enjoyment. Take the kids or just have an afternoon picnic with a friend.

Visited July 2011
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Newport, Rhode Island
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“Free Taste of Chicago”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

City Zoo, FREE, very well laid out, spent 3.5 hours wandering there. Great views of the city, Large selection of animals, farm animal area great for little ones, walking trails and close to the beach. Great way to spend the afternoon

Visited March 2012
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