Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago: Hours, Address, Lincoln Park Zoo Reviews: 4.5/5

Lincoln Park Zoo
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Sagamoredad
Fort Worth, TX193 contributions
Incredible Free Experience
Oct 2021
Wow! We're from Dallas / Fort Worth and a Zoo experience there for eight would bust $200. This Zoo is free and as nice as any you'll find. Fantastic architecture, amazing gardens, great views of the city and of course, the animals were the star of the show. I can't recommend this highly enough. One small feedback item, signs are few and far between. Parking was hard to find and getting around in the Zoo was a bit confusing. Still, a perfect experience.
Written October 18, 2021
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CultureVulture60657
Chicago, IL7,648 contributions
The wait is (almost) over
Oct 2021
The Lion House renovations are complete. It's been renamed the Pepper Family Wildlife Center and will open to the public October 14, 2021. Renovations were a delicate balance of retaining the features that make it a national historic landmark and updating it to comply with ADA requirements as well as creating a good environment for the animal residents. I'd say they did a splendid job.

The entire north side of the building is now devoted to African lions, a gorgeous dark-maned male and 3 females, with big viewing window from both inside the building and outside. During our visit, the 4 big cats were making full use of the space and coming right up to the windows, to the delight of the spectators. The outdoor enclosures on the south side of the building house 2 snow leopards in separate exhibit spaces, 2 red panda siblings and 2 Canada lynx sisters. They may or may not be visible; the snow leopards are especially good at hiding in plain sight, so it helps to know where to look. On the day of our visit we saw one of them resting in a small cave area at the tippy-top of the enclosure. One red panda was front and center and one lynx was roaming around her exhibit before settling down to nap on the ground.

There are new accessible restrooms on the main floor as well as completely remodeled restrooms with nice fixtures in the basement. The interior is now carpeted and air conditioned.

The landscaping around the exterior looks beautiful.
Written October 4, 2021
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Salgal8
Charleston, SC57 contributions
Awesome!
Sep 2021 • Couples
We decided to check out this free zoo at the last minute so we only had an hour to go through it, not enough time. But, we did get to see some of our favorites like the gorillas and giraffes:). This zoo is one of the few left in the US that is free, runs on donations only….amazing! The zoo is nicely laid out with lots of signs to direct you where you want to go. I did notice a restaurant, gift shop and snack bars. They do encourage wearing a mask which we did.
It’s on the other end of town where we were staying so we hopped on a bus to get there. Great idea that worked out well for us was buying the Ventra card, which was on sale for $20. It is unlimited rides on the train and the bus system. Very easy to use!
Written October 2, 2021
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Jennifer M
12 contributions
Free zoo
Sep 2021
Nicely laid out. Easy access. Great place to visit for a couple of hours. Clean, used COVID 19 protocols
Written September 29, 2021
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ScottStemler
Rankin, PA105 contributions
Great zoo experience
Aug 2021
We visited the Lincoln Park Zoo as part of our first trip to Chicago. It is hard to believe that this zoo is actually free. We spent over 6 hours at the zoo and enjoyed it very much. Because of the heat when we visited, a number of animals were not out, or very active, but this did not detract from our visit. We really enjoyed the penguin exhibit and the bird house. The zoo is conveniently located from downtown and can be easily accessed by public transportation. We look forward to visiting again once the Carnivore house is complete.
Written September 20, 2021
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tink8009
Fort Worth, TX315 contributions
Great Zoo for everyone
Sep 2021
I wish we could have spent all day in this zoo. The layout is wonderful and it was neat to see children and adults all having a wonderful time with the animals. It's like all the adults become kids again when they walk through the gates of a zoo.
Written September 10, 2021
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nymetsking
Va Beach, VA29 contributions
Not worth the time
Aug 2021 • Couples
Hate to complain about a free zoo, but it failed to meet even our limited expectations. Simply stopped in on our way from Diversey to the beach to the south and thought maybe it would be worthwhile to walk through. Nope. Very few animals visible, and most of those we saw seemed miserable.
Written August 29, 2021
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,323 contributions
Good stop
Aug 2021
We stopped in as part of a tour and didn't have very long to look around, but we saw very few animals. The flowers were wonderful though, and it's so nice that it's free. It's a combination of botanical garden and zoo.
Written August 20, 2021
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Shanelle
Santa Monica, CA2,228 contributions
Free zoo right by the city
Aug 2021 • Friends
Free zoo in Chicago, great for first time visitors and locals alike. Came here on a Sunday around noon and there was a fair amount of people there visiting the zoo as well as just passing through during their runs/walks. There are donation boxes at the entrances. There’s a carousel ($3 for a single person) and kids’ train available as rides. There are also cafes for light food/drinks in the zoo. We opted for street parking (which took some circling around various blocks) but there’s also a parking lot (which was full). There’s a fair amount of shade but I would recommend wearing your sunnies and some sunscreen since it’s all outdoors, except for the reptile and small mammal exhibit.

It was alarming to see some people taking flash photography in the reptile and small mammal exhibit, but when I informed an employee, unfortunately she seemed rather disinterested and I’m not sure if that situation was resolved. Otherwise, the animals seemed to have a fair bit of room to roam.
Written August 18, 2021
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Michael B
Saint Louis64 contributions
Where are all of the Animals?!!
Jul 2021 • Family
We had only a few hours in Chicago and decided to visit the zoo in a beautiful Saturday afternoon in July. Normal hours are until 7:00. There was a sign saying the zoo was closing early but no time provided. We got three about 2:30. Aside from the gorillas and primates, everything else was closed. Bird house. Closed. Reptile house. Closed. Even all of the outside animal enclosures were empty. No rhinos. No polar bear. No explanation. Apparently their idea was to remove all animals in the afternoon to get the thousands of people to leave early. I guess at 4:00 officially they shut the zoo for some kind of private event. Horrible communication by the zoo. Nothing on their website despite the sign saying to check it. Then since everyone got booted out at the same time, we got stuck in a jam getting out of the parking lot for 40 minutes. What a joke! I gave it one star because the grounds are beautiful like a park. But a zoo with no animals on a summer Saturday afternoon is inexcusable as is the lack of consideration given to its visitors!
Written July 31, 2021
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