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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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Great stroll with wonderful exhibits

It was all great, but I especially liked the bird aviaries and African section, where gorgeous and exotic birds came right up to you. The giraffe were so close. The gorillas were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Daniel V
New York, United States
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New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was all great, but I especially liked the bird aviaries and African section, where gorgeous and exotic birds came right up to you. The giraffe were so close. The gorillas were quite active, one beating his chest, followed by a chase. It was free and a great way to spend a couple of hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lincoln Park Zoo is a unique treasure in the city of Chicago. It is a fully functioning Zoo that is completely free and open to the public. Zoo goers can delight in viewing a wide range of animals and learning about their habitats. The Zoo hosts a variety of activities on an ongoing basis, one of my personal favorites being... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great zoo especially since it's free. Parking is really overpriced but if you can get their by bus or taxi it's a great low cost activity for the family. Zoo is definitely on par with those that charge $15-$20 per person to get in.

Thank Jim B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Since my daughter moved to Chicago a year and a half ago, we visit the city about every two months. When we don't have any plans, we seem to end up at the zoo. The animals are always great entertainment. They are not just sleeping in a corner. They are very active and making people smile.

Thank travlingirl61
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The place had some really cool animals, saw a lion, a tiger, gorillas, monkeys, seals, reptiles and much more!! It was very well maintained as well. We really enjoyed visiting it. Great place to the the kids!

Thank Karla Y
McHenry, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I dont remember the last time i was at this zoo but i really enjoyed the Zoo lights. It was cold but the hot cocoa and adult hot drinks made it much nicer to be outdoors. Wish there was more animals out but we plan to visit when weather is nicer.

Thank Ann C
Rock Island, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was our 3rd visit to LPZ in the past few years. I took my 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons. This trip we parked across the street at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Center in the $20 lot and walked over because we visited the Nature Center first. In the past we have parked in the zoo parking lot for the $25... More 

Thank Mindy M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great idea to make the zoo totally free. Lots of space to walk about. It was a nice Feb day so it was pretty crowded but still easy to see all the animals.

Thank Michael A
Ottawa, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Zoos are always a hit with my family, and Lincoln Park Zoo is no exception. We found several Volunteers in different places to answer questions, several presentations going on with the animals, and today many animals were out, just like the people, to enjoy the rare warm temperatures and sunshine! The zoo is big enough to spend several hours in,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the Zoo on New Years day - and was surprised how much fun it was. The Zoo was free - they ask for contributions (but it is hard/ impossible to find the place to make a donation...) - loads of animals and great exhibits - especially the Monkeys and Gorillas!

Thank Chicky01

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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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