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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 #25 of 304 Attractions in Chicago
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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 assemblages of gorillas and chimpanzees in the world.
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Victoria, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Well, we did visit at the end of July during the hottest time of the day and year, but if there are none of a particular animal, like polar bears, on display, at least put up signage letting people know so they don't have to walk to the exhibit only to be disappointed. The general atmosphere was lackluster and untidy.

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Marshall, Virginia
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

There was a lot of construction going on when we went there and quite a few of the animals were off exhibit - perhaps because of the cold. However, the indoor attractions were fantastic and the zoo is very easily navigated. It's also free, so you really can't beat it!

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A brilliant free walk around - perfect for budget travellers! Lions, tigers, sea lions, monkeys, snakes - the whole lot! Buildings close at 4 I believe but the whole zoo can easily be done in 45 minutes.

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Bartlett
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The best part of this trip is there is no fee. Well, you will shell out 20 bucks for parking. This zoo just keeps improving. Yes, they are under construction right now, but there is still a lot to see. If you travel to Lincoln Park Zoo on a nice summer day, I have suggestions. 1) Pack a picnic lunch... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We had a few hours to kill and stumble upon the zoo. It was snowing and 25 degrees but had a great time!

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This zoo was easily accessible right outside of downtown Chicago, though parking was slightly expensive at $20. However, this was more than made up by the zoo being a free entry park. Given the time of the year, the animals weren't active as desired and the zoo in general is somewhat small in size given the size of the metropolitan... More

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Virginia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I found that there was more than enough to keep us entertained for an afternoon visit. It is easy to get there by public transit, even for tourists (though I'll say I find Chicago pretty easy to navigate by public transit in general). It's a beautiful zoo.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Lots if interesting animals to see in this free zoo. They have lots from the mundane cows and goats to the more exotic giraffes and tigers. Some comments mention how small the zoo is; however, I found it to be a great size to do in 2–3 hours. There is some construction going on, so I am not sure what... More

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Yucaipa, CA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

With a long heritage on a small plot of land, the zoo does a good job to educate its community. Making admission free is a great move. Parking is scarce on the park roads and expensive in the lots. The zoo itself has freat explanatory signs and modern displays. It the winter, some animals will not be visible--even in doors--the... More

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A really big deal to have a free zoo. This zoo is located a short bus ride from the Drake Hotel and is a wonderful attraction for animal lovers. The delight of this visit was a squirrel hanging from the top of the puma cage...we suspected this was not his first visit and the puma kept a very close watch.... More

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