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Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
312-742-2000
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Ranked #31 of 369 Attractions in Chicago
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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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Palm Springs, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

A day in Lincoln Park is a wonderful option for both city dwellers and visitors alike. The park borders the north side of the Gold Coast neighborhood and runs along Lake Michigan with the Old Town, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview neighborhoods to the west of the park. The park offers beaches, boat harbors and bike/running paths along the lake. Two... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

One of the best free days out on the planet. Currently there is a lot of work being carried out to improve facilities for visitor and animals which will make this an even better experience. The gorillas and chimps are a must and this from travellers who are not great advocates of zoos but this really does seem find a... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Barely worth the price of admitance, which is free. A good place to visit, if you live close by, but not worth the 90 minute drive. Half the exhibits were empty, inside and out. The animals that actually were there, we're nice to see though. The food was really good, and piced right (for being a popular attraction). Restrooms were... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Who goes to a Zoo in winter ? Well, I would have admit that I did but it was still worth the bus ride and walk around the facilities. Due to the wintry snowy weather, most of the animals were not available for viewing so one had to use one's imagination. Luckily I have a very good imagination, and I... More

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Shiloh, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Husband, 5 year old daughter and I were here on our second and final day in Chicago. We had the St louis Zoo (where we leave by) to compare to this Zoo and we all agreed this zoo was a lot better in a few different aspects. There was a wider variety of animals, bigger and the food was better.... More

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Jackson, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

It's the only urban zoo I've visited that I didn't need a car. We walked from River North along the lake for a nice 75 minute walk. The 151 bus is outside the entrance and took us back to the Mag Mile. I disliked the poor signage within the park to get to the zoo adn within the zoo. Not... More

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Gilbert, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We wandered through parts of Lincoln Park as we made our way to the zoo - the park is alive with the energy of its inhabitants. Visitors like me, locals running the trails or bringing their families to enjoy the amenities, it is invigorating! The zoo itself delivered on this promise and more! What I appreciated about the zoo (open... More

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El Paso, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We spent a couple of hours here and enjoyed it immensely. The zoo is very well maintained and it seems the animals are well taken care of. The animals all seemed relaxed and healthy, which was very nice. It is true that some of the enclosures are smaller, but there are also places that the animals can "escape" to which... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The Zoo was absolutely beautiful, the café had excellent choices with plenty to choose from for all the children.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

Not very impressive zoo however deserves the support as it is free! Probably due to the time we visit not all the animals were there but this is a good option if you have some time to spend in the city!

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