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Lincoln Park Zoo

Address: 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: 312-742-2000
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Ranked #49 of 389 Activities in Chicago
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Owner description: Established in 1868, this 35-acre, beautifully landscaped zoo is one...
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Edmonton, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

My fiance and I visited the zoo on New Year's Eve. It was really cold, very quiet, and most of the animals were asleep. You have to walk outside to get from one area to another, so we were frozen by the time we left. It's a nice facility though - there are lots of different types of animals and... More 

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Wisconsin
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

In the words of Simon and Garfunkel, "It's all happening at the zoo...you can take the cross-town bus if it's raining or its cold. And the animals will love it if you do." We recently visited on a cold winter day and just about had the whole place to ourselves. Some of what the zoo offers was closed for the... More 

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Oak Brook, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Went to see the Holiday lights. Freezing cold, but my 9 year old loved it. Especially the ice carving display. Café food was considerably better than I had anticipated. Cute zoo. Love that it's free and there's a distinct focus on education. Great for kids!

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Tampa, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Excellent location and what a fun place for kids. Although the zoo can be better maintained, the fact that it is free is a huge plus for families. Must see...

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Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We took my girls who are 8 and 6 to the zoo lights for the first time and what an awesome experience!! Yes it was cold but would definitely do again! Worthwhile experience!!

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Tinley Park, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Delightful zoo! There is a great assortment of animals. It was very comfortable to walk through the zoo. Staff was very helpful. If you like trinkets, the gift shop was full of them. Very doable with young children.

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Oakville, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I can't write anything which hasn't been written before. But I will still say that kids always love animals and you can hear cries of amazement. Good place to spend half a day without spending anything and kids will love it. The reptiles section is pretty good and the chimpanzee and other similar breeds are fun to watch. Foods a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Lincoln Park Zoo has several things going for it. It's free. It's an easy bus ride from downtown. It's right next to the Lincoln Park Conservatory. It's kid friendly. That said, on the day I visited most of the animals seemed to be hibernating or on vacation. In the ape house I saw very few monkeys. Similar situation in the... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is a great stop for anyone trying to get the full Chicago experience. The primate house alone is worth the visit, and is a great place to start. We will be back.

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the best free attractions in the city which appeals to all ages. The zoo has a wide variety of animals spread across both indoor and outdoor habitats. While admission to the zoo is free be aware that you may have to pay to find a parking spot nearby.

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