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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
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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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An excellent well kept zoo.

This zoo, I'm sure, puts many zoo's to shame in its animal husbandry. It is extremely well kept both within the animal pens and the general public areas. The zoo is also free to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Winsford Cheshire

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Winsford Cheshire
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165 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This zoo, I'm sure, puts many zoo's to shame in its animal husbandry. It is extremely well kept both within the animal pens and the general public areas. The zoo is also free to enter though with conditions within it I think they must be well funded by local businesses. It is situated at the end of a very pleasant... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I live in Chicago and LOVE going here! There is always a great experience waiting each time I go back. The facilities are nice and historic, the animals are always putting on a show! The zoo is indeed free, but there are places to make donations, which you should for such a great place! The gardens surrounding the zoo are... More 

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Plano, Texas
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great zoo to walk around on a nice day, Very clean, a good variety of animals to see. We visited on a sunny winter day, but still a lot of fun. Many baby animals to view as well.

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grayslake
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love this zoo, and not just becuase it's free. It's clean, well taken care of and in a great area of the city. If your a local or just visiting, make sure to stop here especially when the weather is nice!

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Chicago, Illinois
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166 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lincoln Park Zoo is huge and free. The zoo has a wide variety of animals with plenty of information about the zoo's "residents." The zoo has the standard pay-to-ride activities for kids across the grounds, plus a smaller barn area for children.

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LA
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90 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The best gift for the people and visitors of Chicago has to be the Zoo and green Conservatory at Lincoln park on the near North side. The many animal habitats attest to the fact that Chicago is both a world class and local class city. From flamingoes to primates to pythons to popcorn vendors the zoo has it all-- even... More 

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lived in Chicago area for many years but had never gone to the zoo in the winter. We took my wife's coworker that was in from out of town to see the Holiday lights. It was a great time. The lights were fantastic. It was fun & different in the cold & it was free.

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Welland, Canada
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the most intimate zoo experience I've ever had! You can tell the staff truly cares about the animals! Great place!

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Thank Lucas S
San Diego, California
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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic zoo and conservatory all in one location and the best part is that admission is free. Great area for families.

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San Diego, California
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not as big as our San Diego zoo, but the experience was different since Chicago has snow. We got to see several animals, walk and exercise all in one trip to the zoo. Thanks Chicago you're an amazing city.

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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.