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Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
312-742-2000
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As featured in Chicago For free and 1 other guide
Ranked #26 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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... more » 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. « less
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the highlights of Chicago and is free. It is located on the lakefront and easy access by bus (#151) from Michigan Ave area hotels or a 20 block walk. There are a lot of volunteers always on grounds and able to answer any questions you may have regarding Zoo or Chicago attractions or able... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

great place- i go there in the mornings quite often --very good selection of animals to see-there is food available for purchase,its in great spot right in the heart of the north side..to mee mornings are best,its a good start to the day with coffee

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

This zoo is superb considering its free admission. It has a wide range of animals and offers some fantastic city views. People always complain that they are bored and everything costs in life - well this doesn't, so enjoy it! I've been fortunate to see a lot of zoo's around the world, so I was sceptical about this one being... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A sprawling primarily outdoor zoo in the middle of downtown near the lake front-how does it get much better than that!! a must do if you are in city during the summer!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Well, we live in Chicago and every year I pack my three kids (ages 6,8 & 10) to "try it again" and it still after all the years this ZOO doesn't keep their attention for more than half an hour. There are not enough animals to see and it gets boring after while looking for one. They are either sleeping... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Went this weekend since it finally warmed up a little here in Chicago. I had heard lots of good things and when out of town family wanted something to do we decided to give it a try. There is parking on the street for free if you can find it but we chose to park in the parking lot behind... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Lincoln Park zoo is the only large zoo that I have been that is free. Most attraction were in doors because of the time of year. Zoo is very compact so walking is not an adventure. A lot of places to sit and relax and enjoy the scenery. Kids galore and enjoying every minute.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

We saw the ball playing polar bear and also the walk through the inside safari world. With monkeys, giraffes, birds and fish. Also the cat department is nice, with lynxes, tigers etc

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We went on a very cold and windy day. We were freezing as we walked around and since it was too cold many of the animals were not out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Everyone agrees that it is hard to believe that this unique zoo is actually FREE! It is so well laid out and has wonderful exhibits and presentations of the animals. The monkey house is the best and most interesting I have ever seen. The chimpanzees and apes and gorillas were performing for the audience. The zoo staff is friendly and... More

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