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Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

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Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in America and is celebrated for its commitment to providing free admission. With over 1,000 animals representing over 200 species, it’s easy to see why the zoo is popular among Chicago visitors and natives alike. While it does have a strong family focus, the well-kept landscaping and prime location in the heart of Chicago make visiting this zoo a lovely daytime activity for anyone. The zoo also hosts cultural and educational events. By using our Chicago travel route planner, you can arrange your visit to Lincoln Park Zoo and other attractions in Chicago.
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  • Wow! We had visited Chicago before, but never Lincoln Park Zoo. Why? I couldn’t tell you because this place is INCREDIBLE! And…FREE! My wife and I couldn’t believe that we were walking around such a.....  more
    Wow! We had visited Chicago before, but never Lincoln Park Zoo. Why? I couldn’t tell you because this place is INCREDIBLE! And…FREE! My wife and I couldn’t believe that we were walking around such a.....  more »
  • Take public transpo. There is free parking along the drive but a matter of luck if you get a spot. Don't miss the garden next door. The zoo is great and has improved so much from the 1960's. 
    Take public transpo. There is free parking along the drive but a matter of luck if you get a spot. Don't miss the garden next door. The zoo is great and has improved so much from the 1960's.  more »
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  • Very nice experience. The design of the zoo is beyond exceptional. I respect that they gave animals plenty of room in most enclosures. The gorillas, chimps, birds of prey, insects, other birds and large herbivores were fantastic. I didn't get to see the seals, penguins, the big cats and the wild dogs, which was a bummer. Wish they had more species of snakes. For a free zoo, phenomenal experience. Recommended!
  • Amazing zoo for an amazing city! Chicago had curated a treasure, i can't believe admission is free. The snacks and drinks are at family friendly prices too, so the kids can have fun and stay hydrated without breaking the bank. The diversity of exhibits is far beyond what i expected. The focus on care and happiness of the animals is evident. The community support had been extensive and is featured in tasteful signage. All in all a wonderful way to spend hours.

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