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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Teakwo23
Dunedin, FL4,096 contributions
Jan 2021 • Friends
A wonderful zoo downtown that’s free! Always a spectacular array of animals on site. They look healthy and cared for…..
Written December 27, 2021
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Louise Masin Sattler
Los Angeles, CA632 contributions
Nov 2021
I absolutely love the Lincoln Park Zoo. It is small and manageable but has enough exhibits and docents to make it very interesting. The zoo is very walkable and accessible. The park also hosts during the winter holiday season - Zoo Lights. The zoo is free to the public (except for perhaps zoo lights- check before venturing out and tickets are required.).

My favorite part of this zoo is that the volunteer docents are quite knowledgeable and told many stories and interesting facts about the animals and their habitats.
Written December 4, 2021
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WhereintheusisMikey
Seattle, WA873 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
I haven't been to this Zoo in over 30 yrs, when I was a kid they had Mike the Polar Bear who would stand on his hind legs and beg for marshmallows and I would throw him some. This zoo is still free to the public which is awesome. I enjoyed seeing the Red Panda and the Lions but didn't stay long but next time I will. This zoo will always be my favorite because my grandfather took me to this zoo all the time as a kid.
Written November 20, 2021
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Woody16
Chester, UK349 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
What a gorgeous Zoo …can’t believe it’s free to visit. We were very lucky seeing a lot of the animals and the new lion enclosure gets you very close to the lions. The seal house allows you to view from under the water, saw so many Gorillas. Saw the Giraffes, Lynx, Red Panda, Zebra…ate in one of the restaurants- served a very nice grilled ham & cheese sandwich. An excellent 2-3 hours spent there.
Written November 19, 2021
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Stan S
8 contributions
Nov 2021
Went to Lincoln Park Zoo this past Saturday and, as always, it was fabulous. Even got to see and hear the big lion roar very loudly! Very cool... It's always free and a Chicago treasure. We visited from Dallas.
Written November 10, 2021
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LUCY
Dickson, TN90 contributions
Oct 2021
I have been to lots of Zoos. None were free and none were batter than this one. The enclosures had indoor and outdoor access to see the animals AND they were not so big you couldn't get a good view of them. It was worth the travel north of the city to go. We spent about 5 hours seeing everything. The park around it was beautiful and had areas to walk or sit or tour the many bronze statues. don't miss it.
Written October 31, 2021
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Sagamoredad
Fort Worth, TX195 contributions
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, IL7,915 contributions
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
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
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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