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Lincoln Park Zoo

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Address: 2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
Phone Number: 312-742-2000
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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nice interesting zoo

i ve been there with my family in october 2015, very nice animals, cuty monkey, danger lion, nice inside restaurant with low price lunch.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Oradea, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

i ve been there with my family in october 2015, very nice animals, cuty monkey, danger lion, nice inside restaurant with low price lunch.

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Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our day here. There is so much to see and a lot of different animals we haven't seen at other zoos. And to add on a big plus it is free!

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Phoenix, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Love visiting when we are in Chicago. Nice place to walk, and as a perk, get to see animals! Very well maintained zoo.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

For this being a free zoo, it was really nice!!! I was surprised how nice it was! They have a good bit of exhibits and it seems like the animals are well taking care of. There are a lot of indoor exhibits which was nice! My favorite exhibit was the meerkats. It's a very good thing to make a day... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you have a bit of time to kill then the zoo is worth a visit seeing as it is free to enter. A fair number of different animals to see caged up and enjoying their lack of freedom. A must see is the kangeroos, man they have massive feet and ball sacks.

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We can't wait to return and explore ALL that Chicago has to offer. The Architectural River Tour is a MUST DO, along with the Chicago History Museum and Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great view of city,small and easy to get around,free,great pics of lions and primates,very clean,love this area downtown,took the L train and did do some walking but I like exploring the town anyway.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The zoo is great, given it's free. The only problem with the zoo is the location and lack of parking.

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Frankfort, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

For a free zoo it is well kept and fun to visit. Be sure to check out the farm in the zoo. If you're downtown take the red line to Clark Division and walk to Lincoln Park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We took 2 of our grandchildren on a Monday to this beautiful zoo. Parking is easy in the pay lot at zoo's entrance but pricey. There is street parking on Stockton on the west side of the zoo, that fills quickly and you need a little luck to find a spot. The zoo grounds are beautiful with amazing flowers, plantings... 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.