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Cosley Zoo

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Address: 1356 North Gary Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone Number: (630) 665-5534
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A pleasant surprise

I have lived a few blocks from the zoo for years, but our children are older so I never had much reason to stop by. When I did I was very pleasantly surprised. It's a great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Bruce Randall W
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Wheaton, Illinois
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Wheaton, Illinois
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have lived a few blocks from the zoo for years, but our children are older so I never had much reason to stop by. When I did I was very pleasantly surprised. It's a great little zoo for young children. A very manageable size with a nice range of local birds and animals. More intimate than the big zoos... More 

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Thank Bruce Randall W
Chicago, Illinois
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50 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Cosley several times and it is a predictable experience which is good if you have children with you. You will get pulled into the gift shop which has some very interesting animal related items, and worth a visit. Food is very basic, but certainly enough to keep kids happy. The animals are, from what I can... More 

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Thank JulieTherese_11
Illinois
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you need a place to go with young children on a sunny day... This is it! The zoo is small but interesting and walk-able with all of the stuff that you have to bring with kids. The animals are not of the fierce variety and there is a farm animal part. Easy in-out if you can get a parking... More 

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Thank IllinoisLife_is_good
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Go every year for Christmas tree. Little expensive but good quality tree and tax deduction ales up for cost. Phenomenal children's zoo, looking forward to taking grand kids in the future.

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Thank Stemp3rd
Itasca, Illinois
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Over the past 10 years, Cosley Zoo is my traditional pre-Christmas stop with my daughter to select our family Christmas tree. From the minute you park, you immediately walk into a "festival of lights" and holiday tunes. Plus they sell Christmas trees & proceeds help support the zoo. They even have a barn with cows & llamas. If you have... More 

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Thank Beatthedrum
Chicago, Illinois
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101 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

You can't go wrong with animals and feeding the ducks when you want to entertain the kids. Fantastic little local zoo. Take a picnic. Much more manageable size for a visit with little people(kids).

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Thank LeBonVieTravels
Wheaton, Illinois
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The little kids will love it; they pack an amazing amount of things to see and do in this little park, and recently they began allowing people to feed the chickens. The Christmas lights are a sight to see, but the Christmas trees are more expensive than at the big box stores. Better variety on those trees so you can... More 

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Thank John R
Wheaton, Illinois
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Oh my God, the Christmas light setup that Cosley zoo has is so exciting the animals are awesome also but the lights are the new attraction, must see.

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chicago, United States
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

I brought my great- niece and nephew several times to Cosley. It is not big, it does not have all the bells and whistles of Brookfield or Lincoln Park, but truthfully, if you don't like crowds and long lines, if you need a place small enough not to "freak-out" when your child runs away from you, then Cosley is for... More 

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Thank Maria Ms D
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

very small zoo but sweet, and great for a short visit, they have Meer Cats and smaller animals. My son loved it, just a nice place to walk around.

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