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Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

4.4
#2 of 46 in Outdoors in Chicago
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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  • I went for the Zoo Lights and they did not disappoint! The cafe is open and they also have hot chocolate stands.  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • Beautiful zoo, located on the lakefront. It is one of the oldest zoos in the US and it's free. If you're patient you can find free street parking in front of the zoo. If not, parking is expensive. The animal exhibits are well cared for. You do have nice views of all the animals. Food is a bit pricey, but then again the zoo is free. Bring out the family and enjoy this beautiful landmark zoo!
  • An important factor when taking children: it's a reasonably-sized zoo. You get the full experience and see lots of animals, but you don't have to walk ten miles per visit to do it. It's clean and well-maintained. Staff are friendly. We were particularly excited to see the lions out on our most recent trip! A fun experience all around!

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