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Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
312-742-2000
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$80*
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Ranked #24 of 307 Attractions in Chicago
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Owner description: Established in 1868, this 35-acre, beautifully landscaped zoo is one...
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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
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Ontario, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

This is a must go place if you happen to be in Chicagofor christmas. Its free! The park offers parking at a $19.00 price for all day but there is free parking along the streets. Its a hassle but its fun play spot the car leaving. You can bring your own food too. The park is big and shows a... More 

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Delmar, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

We visited Chicago in September and went for a few hours to the Lincoln Park Zoo. It is totally free. We went for a few hours and wound up spending 1/2 the day there. So much to see beside the zoo. There are beautiful gardens, ponds and water foul, a conservatory. By all means visit. Best thing it is totally... More 

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Toledo, Ohio, United States
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Best thing about this zoo is that its FREE!!! Nothings free nowadays. I was quite surprised to hear Chicago had a free zoo! We decided to pay a visit, not expecting too much. But had a pleasant surprise. It was wonderful! Lots of animals, well maintained buildings. Great place! We came around 2pm and got too chilly so didn't stay... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

It was a very mild weather night for mid-December and we decided to go to the Zoo and see the nightlights.... it was beautiful, crowed, but pretty cool.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Lincoln park is a great place to spend the afternoon and get a little exercise, fresh air and sunshine. Everything is "free" and in close proximity, so you can wander the beautiful grounds, enjoying the ponds and water foul, tour the zoo, and the greenhouses of the conservatory.

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Green Bay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Lincoln Park Zoo warrants a visit regardless the season. Considering its compact size, visitors can see as much or as little as they want without having to pay for a tram to get around or special admission fees for specific exhibits/shows. Although some part or another chronically seems to be under construction, there's always plenty to see. A visitor friendly,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Zoo Lights during the holiday season is my favorite thing to do in Chicago! It is amazing every year! This year they have a new train that will take your child on short ride (perfect amount of time-2 laps)! If your cold you can warm up while viewing the animals inside. A true wonderland experience! Dress warm, go early-right when... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I know the zoo is free , but to be honest I would have gladly paid an entry fee if it meant the animals could have a bit more space in their enclosures . I don't mean to sound horrible , but some of the animals were obviously stir crazy , and to be frank I found it very sad... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We had a great time at the zoo, even though the weather was cold and rainy. For a free zoo the variety of animals and ease of navigation was great. I would definitely return!

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Thetford, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We visited the Lincoln Park Zoo while on vacation in Chicago. My sister took us to ZooLights our first night in town and it was fantastic! What a treat for the city of Chicago to have this sponsored by ComEd and PNC Bank. The lighting displays are dazzling and I especially enjoyed the light show set to classic Christmas songs.... More 

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