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Lincoln Park Zoo

#17 of 648 things to do in Chicago Features Animals
2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
+1 312-742-2000
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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
Lincoln Park
+1 312-742-2000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a great zoo - especially as it is free! We had a nice look around and watched several talks - good seeing the polar bear training. Definitely recommend a trip.

Thank spurs5
Reviewed yesterday

We had a good time watching the animals. The polar bear was swimming and they have a nice spot to watch him while he swims. The cages for the cats seemed so small though and they looked frustrated.

Thank Lood800
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have never liked the interaction with animals. It's disgusting. Kids should have other ways to.entertain themselves such as toys or parks. But walking around prision for.little criatures is unfair

Thank Mattheewjohnson
Reviewed 2 days ago

Did I say Free and we are in Chicago. Yep Free. Nicely laid out. Plenty to see. Parking is a nightmare. You can park for free on Stockton St but you either need to get there early or get lucky that someone is leaving.

Thank Kev521
Reviewed 2 days ago

This zoo was great! It's huge and has many wonderful animals and exhibits. The best part is that it's free!

Thank TBiv82
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I rode our bikes here. We didn't pay to park. We didn't pay to enter. We rented a lock for $5 to hold our backpacks in a large locker. The shows that are scheduled throughout the day are worth watching, especially the...More

Thank Marcy N
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Walked here from the city and arrived early afternoon. It was a hot day. Walked around the enclosures. We didn't not see many animals maybe too hot for them which is understandable. The lion was great though sleeping at the glass. I think it is...More

Thank Lorraine D
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have been to zoos all over the country: San Diego, New York, DC, Milwaukee, St Louis ... After all that we were very impressed this this zoo. It has this historical feel, yet the enclosures are over the top modern. The enclosures are huge...More

1  Thank 4graceNpeace2U
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spent the day here and it was very nice. Nearby in the park was a few market which was fun to walk through before getting to the zoo. The zoo itself was really nice especially since it is free to enter. There were plenty of...More

Thank Frank S
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great way to get settled into Chicago after a period of travel. It's free, amazingly manicured with flowers and gorgeous landscaping and the animals are wonderful. My family loves this place. It is very easy to get here with the city buses....More

1  Thank SavannahGal
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.
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23 July 2017|
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Response from Iain D | Reviewed this property |
I believe so... it's free so go have a look and have some fun
26 March 2017|
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Response from ABrummie2 | Reviewed this property |
Chicago is usually cold in Winter. While there are inside exhibits there is a distance between these. Not the best time to visit as some animals might be away on "vacation" from the cold.