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Lincoln Park Zoo

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Lincoln Park
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Address: 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
Phone Number: 312-742-2000
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

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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Great day to view some animals

Lincoln Park zoo Is an childhood memory every child born in Chicago must have. In your adult hood you want to be able to say 'remember that time we went to the zoo, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lincoln Park zoo Is an childhood memory every child born in Chicago must have. In your adult hood you want to be able to say 'remember that time we went to the zoo, and,,,,,,,,. It's free admission the kids will thank you later. (Some schools still attend) but it's not the same experience as with family and friends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This zoo is such a great zoo, and the fact that it is free is amazing! The caretakers are always taking time out to talk to you and help you find the animals that are hidden. The grounds are very well kept, and the exhibits are well maintained too. I have been to this zoo many times and have yet... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good place to visit, and free too! Not many animals but you can easily spend a few hours here. Easy to get to using the 151 bus.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have fond memories of the Lincoln Park Zoo. Love the beautiful views of Lake Shore Drive, the lagoon, and the Chicago skyline. Always a perfect trip for the family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the zoo during a conference on navy pier and came back again before I left. Pleasantly surprised it was free admission and enjoyed an afternoon looking at the exhibits. Pretty small but it is in the city, however well worth a visit

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The zoo was free which was nice. Some of the exhibits seemed old and small for animals. We didn't see the whole zoo because our 15 mo old was done. Took the bus there which was about 30 mins and a nice drive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My fiance and I went here during "BREW TO BE WILD", admission was required for this event so we didn't get in for free but hey, it was an event! We had many 3oz tastings while seeing all the animals. It's a clean park/ zoo. Great for family outings!...we also went here in the winter when they have the light... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not the biggest or the best but very nice. Animals seem relaxed and were interacting while we were there. A good restaurant on site and easy to get around. Worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We lucked out and stumbled across this little zoo on a family trip during spring break. The best part was that the Illinois schools were not on break so the zoo was quite empty. No fighting the crowds during the off season. While you are in the area stop in and see the nearby conservatory as well......absolutely beautiful ND free... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This zoo is very good bargain. Free entry, just big enough to spend a couple of hours. Many updates since the last time we were there years ago.

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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.