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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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This is a great Zoo with an amazing range of Animals and yes it really is free, no catch! I imagine that donations are essential to keeping it free so I urge you to donate as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Vancouver, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Thanks to lucky timing, we got to visit the Lincoln Park Zoo in mid-April just about a month after their newest addition - a baby Gorilla was born. It was at a very playful age, and seem to torment his big momma Gorilla endlessly - momma had the patience of Mother Theresa. The rest of the zoo was just okay.... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This is a great Zoo with an amazing range of Animals and yes it really is free, no catch! I imagine that donations are essential to keeping it free so I urge you to donate as little or as much as you can afford.

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Toronto
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Free Zoo! Great place to go to spend 2 Hours with small children, very central location therefore easy to access. Combine it with a visit to the peer or a stroll at the beach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Really excellent zoo that is free and very well laid out. The ape house is superb. Overall this is well worth a visit with or without the family.

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United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Free entrance, outdoors, accessible, close to everything, great animals some are sleeping in the day but its fine

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Newnan, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I thought this Zoo would just be average but it was far from that. The Gorilla building was awesome!! One of the females had recently given birth and the new baby was so cute, Now is the time to go to see this!!

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Great place to grab a bite of good tasting food at a reasonable price. The facility was very clean and the experience was pleasant.

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Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

If you're visiting Chicago you can't miss the Lincoln Park Zoo!! Located in one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo boast all the attractions of any major zoo, however this zoo is FREE to the public. The zoo was founded in 1868, and like so much of Chicago, has that unmistakable historical ambiance and old world... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

a very manageable zoo within walk of downtown, with free admission. Lovely for a stroll on a beautiful day!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Lincoln Park Zoo is a nice-sized zoo that is easy to visit without dedicating an entire day to the trip. While there are bigger zoos, this one is in the heart of a big city and is a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Chicago. Our last visit was just a couple of hours on a nice afternoon... More 

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Lincoln Park
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.