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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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Nice In-Town Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo, just south of Fullerton, just west of the lake, has been around for many years. Over the last 30 years, they have updated many, but not all, of the enclosures... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Lincoln Park Zoo, just south of Fullerton, just west of the lake, has been around for many years. Over the last 30 years, they have updated many, but not all, of the enclosures to make it more home-like for the animals. The bird house is reasonably new and rather than just an overarching aviary with all of the birds in... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I might be a Chicagoan living in one of the best cities in the USA but I do not approve the fact that the animals are in captivity. Animals belong to the wilderness, not behind the bars. This zoo might be great for the majority of the people but if you ever have the chance to travel to Africa you... More 

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Sioux Falls, SD
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

There are many fun animals here with a lot of staff out to answer questions. The grounds might be the nicest I have seen in any zoo that I have ever been to. We were there on an early Saturday morning and the crowds were really starting to pick up as we were leaving. I would say we were there... More 

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Kettering, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Visiting zoos in different cities is always a favorite activity. We went to the Lincoln Park Zoo, knowing that it was free of cost, and not sure what to expect. The animals looked well cared for, with ample space, the park was clean and beautiful. The trainers were present and showing many different activities that they do to keep their... More 

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Taylors, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We visited on a crowded Sunday. Nowhere near as spacious as the San Diego Zoo. Some of the exhibits seemed a little cramped for the animals. Some of the better exhibits were: Lions, Great Apes, Rhinos & Giraffes. The zoo was designed with children in mind. There was a nice Farm-in-the-Zoo exhibit that the children will like.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The zoo was great. I went with adults only but would have loved to take my grandchildren. Plus it is free. We wished we had had more time to enjoy it.

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Buchanan, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went to the zoo and it is free but get their early for street parking or you can park by the conservatory for $20. The exhibits are decent but the smaller monkeys are kind of sad because their exhibits are basically four walls with no view to the outside. Be prepared for a ton of young kids! The pond... More 

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Terrell, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This was a great zoo. A large variety of animals and it was laid out well and it was easy to find our way around. There were plenty of rest stops and the food was okay.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The tiger looked very sick and every time we asked a zoo keeper why he was so thin, we were fobbed off and they didn't answer the question no matter how many times we asked. Other than the chimpanzees and the primate enclosures, most of the animals looked very sad and in poor condition. This is not how animals should... More 

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Crown Point, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Lincoln Park Zoo is not extraordinary in terms of the variety or quantity of animals. It is "adequate" in respect to that. Many zoos have more complete and varied exhibits. What sets it apart is the location and friendliness. Set near the Lake Michigan shore, the park is wide open to walking in shade, to simply admire the beauty of... 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.