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Lincoln Park Zoo

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Address: 2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
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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Nice free zoo

We love this zoo! Lots of variety of animals and very clean! We were very disappointed that the polar bear was nowhere to be found while we were there. Did see many other animals... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We love this zoo! Lots of variety of animals and very clean! We were very disappointed that the polar bear was nowhere to be found while we were there. Did see many other animals up close though!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always worth a visit to the zoo - the best part is that it's free. As a result, the summer months can get quite crowded. Otherwise, quite a wide array of animals to see. Recommended!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The zoo is nice. We saw a fair amount of animals given it wwas thanksgiving day. I think it's awesome the zoo is free. During the holidays season they do Zoo lights which is cool to see.

Thank Vicki L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent a couple hours wandering the zoo on "Black Friday" .. way better than shopping! Left to get a quick bite to eat and came back for the official lighting of the Zoo Lights. Wow! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The zoo is clean, the attractions well maintained and the staff knowledgable and friendly.

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Winamac, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Want to get into Holiday Spirit..take advantage of the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights event. Runs from Nov 27 through Jan 2. We've seen light displays in New Orleans, Phoenix, San Diego, but this one was enchanting. Loved the animal displays, 3 dimensional zebras, cheetas, flying monkies, penguins and the carousel. The entire zoo path is lighted..its magical.

Thank Lindalee L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Free zoo... with plenty to see and experience. Exhibits are very informative. Everything is clean and well kept. They clearly plan great family events - the lights were going up for Christmas. It does however remain a zoo with caged animals in very small living spaces. Left not quite sure how I felt about the experience!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great place to visit for people of all ages - you can visit as a family, with friends, on a date, etc. It's small enough to be manageable and large enough to offer plenty to see (49 acres). This grounds have special Chicago architecture, pretty gardens and recent upgrades to the Polar Bear and the Penguin exhibits.... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Lincoln Park Zoo is a great public zoo, I've been to many zoos around the world and this one keeps pace with some of the best. It's a little small due to the location but they have some great exhibits. The new polar bear has been very active my last 3 visits. Would definitely recommend visiting this free zoo... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It surpassed my expectations for a free zoo. I did a lot of walking before going .. in fact I walked around the lake at the zoo before entering. Turns out the zoo was bigger and had much more than I expected. I went too late in the day so a lot of the animals where hiding or not still... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

only got to stay a short time its definitely a first go-to place next time I vistit..i had lost of fun with the kids

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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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