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Lincoln Park Zoo

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
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+1 312-742-2000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very nice display of holiday lights. No charge to get in. A lot of families enjoying a community night out. We enjoyed this event. A nice evening out.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bob H
Reviewed yesterday

For a free zoo I was really blown away. The Lincoln Park Zoo has a good number of attractions and mix of wildlife. This is a great way to spend a day if the weather is nice.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amanda W
Reviewed yesterday

The "Zoo Lights" did not disappoint. It was a great display. The lights are very pretty. There is plenty of places to run in to warm up; hot chocolate and mulled wine available and food. The animal houses were open too. There was music playing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kkmom12
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a great night visiting the zoo all done up in lights and music. Free entry to wander around and view the displays of lights in animal and christmas shapes. The middle section lighting is coordinated with different music which is fabulous. Cafe open...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank deewill47
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have been to the zoo before during the summer and enjoyed it very much, but have never been to the Christmas Light Display that we have heard how awesome it was. This was one of the reasons we came to Chicago and we were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tazlady198
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great event for Young and old. Walk Lincoln park zoo with family and friends. See the lights and listen to the Holuday music. Hot Chocolate and wine sold through out. A little crowded. Avoid driving down here. Take the train and an Uber. Enjoy it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank melk516
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a very nice Zoo in the middle of the city. It is free of charge. Zoo is inside beautiful Lincoln Park. Great to bring children along to see the different animals or just walk along. Most of the animals were inside due to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank grigolm
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went for the Zoo Lights and they did not disappoint! The cafe is open and they also have hot chocolate stands.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lovetotravel57033
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lincoln Park Zoo is a great, free get away just by the city of Chicago. Great to bring children along to see the different animals.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LouiseOnTheGo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The zoo was very well decorated for the holidays with lights everywhere. Most of the animals were inside due to the cold and being night. But it was very nice to sip mulled wine and stroll through all the light displays while listening to various...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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November 26, 2018|
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Response from Dan C | Reviewed this property |
Not all exhibits will be open but some will be.
July 30, 2018|
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Response from Tim P | Reviewed this property |
Visit the Chicago History Museum first and get $9 validated parking good all day. 5 block walk to zoo.
June 9, 2018|
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Response from doreen h | Reviewed this property |
yes absolutely, but if you’re driving it’s difficult to find parking.
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Please help tweak our itinerary... (13 Replies)
Please help tweak our itinerary, we are first time visitors to Chicago.  We arrive mid-Morning on a Tuesday via Amtrak, mid April. Hope to find a  taxi van to accommodate a family of 5 with luggage at Union Station. Staying at Days Inn Chicago, hoping for an early check-in, if not they will store our luggage until our room is available. Tuesday is free, so would love suggestions on what to do on Tuesday (I have a local Science Museum membership so we can visit one of the...More
March 18, 2014|
Response fromnancy c|
One child is 12, how old are the other two?
jammin at the zoo (3 Replies)
Looking at attending a "jamming at the zoo" event at the Lincoln Park Zoo. General admission and they recommend bringing a small chair or blanket. What is the event like? Any problems seeing the acts without a chair?
July 12, 2009|
Response fromLaura I|
I actually went to one of the shows last year and was lucky enough to meet up with friends who got there early and were in the very front. Word of advice: from the very front row, you cannot really see unless you stand. So, with that in mind, I do kind of wish they got a spot a bit further back, as many people were just lounging on their blankets, enjoying the show - something which I could only do if leaning a bit (awkwardly) further back while sitting. It does get PACKED though so...More
This Saturday - Christmas fun" (12 Replies)
We are going to be in Chicago this Saturday to get into the Christmas spirit. Things on the agenda so far: *Christkindl Market *Macy's *walking up Michigan Ave popping in & out of stores *seeing the Christmas lights at Lincoln Park Zoo in the evening Other suggestions for either downtown or towards Lincoln Park area? Also, looking for suggestions for casual, fun vibe place for dinner.
December 13, 2011|
Response frommsmejkal|
Mon ami gabi is near the zoo and delicious