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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 #29 of 367 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Holt, Michigan
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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Lions, bears, giraffes, apes, sea lions, camels, cows, pigs, mini horses and more. Check event schedule in advance. My 21 month old loved feeding the cows and watching them be milked. Gates open early, exhibits open later, go early and beat the rush of kids and field trips. Ride from South Loop to Lincoln Park Zoo cost us about $25... More

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Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This is awesome if you have a big group or family as it's free after you pay for parking! I thought it was very well-managed. We have also done Brookfield Zoo, so I have a good comparison. It's nice in an expensive city to find some affordable options!

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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The zoo is in a great location, lots of interesting animals and right smack in a great neighborhood and close to the lake. Nice during the day and night. Also, great place to see a concert. One of the great things about Chicago is you don't have to go far to grab culture and nature. Grounds are beautiful and no... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Went here to see the Christmas lights....loved the place. Very cool to be at a zoo in the middle of the city. Clean place, friendly staff & free! Parking was a little bit of a challenge...but that's anywhere downtown.

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Jacksonville, FL
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154 reviews 154 reviews
53 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I began visiting this Zoo as a young child and saw the great lowland gorilla, Bushman twice before he passed in 1951 (I was six then). My wife & I stayed within walking distance of the zoo while visiting my hometown of Chicago from Jacksonville, Florida. I was amazed that the zoo was not only still free, but beautifully landscaped... More

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Belle River, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We had a great day at the zoo - variety of animals, indoor & outdoor exhibits, and it's free! What more could you want?

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Boston Metro
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Nice urban zoo and place to spend a couple hours. Highlights for me were the giraffes, lions, hippos and rhinos. No elephants--thank goodness.

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Arkansas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We stopped by the zoo during a family trip to Chicago and enjoyed our time there , it's free which is great , just pay for parking. Lots of shade , everything is in great shape and taken care of , always someone there to give you information if you need it and the concessions were priced pretty cheap for... More

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Winter Park, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The area surrounding the zoo was beautiful. The zoo itself is under construction so I think some of the atmosphere is missing. I am used to the Atlanta Zoo and Disney's Animal Kingdom where the animals are in fairly realistic habitats. This is an old zoo so I would say it is minimalist on the habitats for the animals. It... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a great staff. I am a breastfeeding mother that has to pump. It is not easy finding places that will accommodate to my needs. The staff found me an isolated area with air conditioning! They really went above and beyond to help me feel comfortable. Thank you staff members.

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