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“One of the few top zoos with NO admission charges”
Review of Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo
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Ranked #18 of 662 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 older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 5 February 2012

Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the one of the few top zoos in the US. Surprisingly it has NO admission charges. Go there when you visit Chicago. It primate collection is among the best. Then go visit the conservatory next door and have dinner/lunch in Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Thank Logistiks
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Great urban zoo. It is small enough to take really small tykes and see everything in a short period of time. Close to the lake, so you can usually catch a breeze even on a hot summer day.

Thank Sue R
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

Winter during Christams time at the Lincoln Park zoo features a drive through lighted wonderland of animal designs in wire and highly colored light bulbs.
This zoo is very accessible and although not too large, has some very well designed displays for a good range of animals. Lions are very well exhibited and often give their roar of approval. Great place for kids and families to spend an afternoon. Seem to have a good volunteer team that helps with the public and services. All displays are well marked and placards yeild plenty of information on each animal. Rhino's to seals, this is a great facility all year round.

Thank MRbluegill
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

This zoo is smaller than Brookfield Zoo...but the animals are just as amazing. Spend time in the gorilla exhibit...spend time watching the sea lions! A great way to spend the day! Don't forget to visit the Farm in the Zoo!

Thank sheilsm
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

Okay, this may not be the best zoo you've ever visited, but it's free. It may not have the best selection of animals, but it's free. Some of the buildings are really old, but it's free. What this zoo does offer is the ability for anyone to visit it, because it's FREE!! And it, overall, is a pretty fantastic little zoo. The primate house is terrific. There's a wonderful Farm in the Zoo where kids and adults who want to be kids, can watch chicks hatching from eggs, pet goats, see cows being milked and participate in a variety of organized activities. There's a lovely pond bordering the zoo and paddle boats you can rent when the weather allows. The lakefront is within walking distance and it's a walk worth taking. Check out the amazing (and free) conservatory next door and walk through the adjacent nature reserve. So much to do and see and most of it is FREE. (Yes, I do love that word.) I always say "hello" to the lions, tigers, seals, polar bears and gorillas. Those are my favorite. Be sure to venture into the old buildings as it's fun to see the animals inside and it just isn't a visit to a zoo without some really smelly moments. Plus those buildings are a slice of history that's very cool. On a pretty day, a walk through the zoo is more about the people watching than seeing the animals. You'll see such a variety of colors, shapes and sizes and you'll leave feeling happy. It's a joyfilled place.

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