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Address: 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: 312-742-2000
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Established in 1868, this 35-acre, beautifully landscaped zoo is one of...
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.
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My wife and I was pleasantly surprised. Great area to visit and great walking. It is a hidden gem right in the city. Bring walking shoes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I was pleasantly surprised. Great area to visit and great walking. It is a hidden gem right in the city. Bring walking shoes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I spent 4 hours here, and enjoyed our time. We especially recommend the primate house. They are building a Antarctica exhibit, so the zoo obviously will only get better.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a great lake front attraction in Chicago. Entry is free, which is one of the nicest parts. This is not a huge sprawling zoo like Brookfield nearby or like the Fort Worth Zoo. This zoo has very nice attractions and it is compact and easily done in a partial day or full day if you see every nook... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A beautiful day to enjoy Lincoln Park Zoo! Going to the Zoo when the weather is it best is very important! The animals were even active! My favorite exhibit was the Monkey house. They were climbing, going outside, and coming back inside. It was so much fun watching them. The camels were very active too! The carousel ride was fun... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This zoo was great! Not for the fact that it was free but they had so many different animals to explore and learn about. My personal downside to it was some of the exhibits seemed very small for some of the animals. Such as the hippo and rhino.. Many more besides them but it was somewhat sad to see.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you like zoos and you like free, you will like this place! Sure it's a little run down, but it is very cool to see all of the animals that they have!

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Annapolis, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Half old-style "lock 'em up in prison" enclosures. Half modern all-inclusive "just like home" resorts. But the animals in the prisons looked happy so what more could you ask. The gorillas and chimps were the stars of the show. And its free.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I have loved Lincoln Park Zoo for 30 years- it is a free zoo, has lots of animals and is compact. It is great to take small kids to- as they wont get worn out like at Brookfield Zoo. It is smaller and easier to get to see all the animals. It has free admission- so you can stay just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful zoo in a magnificent park. Great way for the kids (or anyone) to burn off excess energy & fatigue, after spending too many hours inside the many museums in this city. Especially lovely in the summertime.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The last time I came here it was early in the morning, before it "officially" opened. Gates are opened for the walkers and joggers. The tigers were fresh and looking forward to the new day. I like it here... to relax and connect... and think about what can I do to help Earth and its creatures for future generations. Later,... More 

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Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.