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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Lincoln Park Zoo Reviews
We strolled through the zoo on a September weekday right after lunch. This place was almost deserted. The zoo is old but they’re trying. Not a world class destination but a neat place to walk around. more »
That is my favorite zoo, nice and cozy. Its great place to hang out with family and the location is pretty good. After the zoo you can always visit downtown or Lincoln park restaurants to relax after.... more »
Not enough animals outside except Giraffes and zebras. Also, many of the animals appear to be heavily sedated especially the primates. You barely get any movement out of the adults but the babies put on a nice show. Was also sad to see that the lion house no longer exists just some 5D simulated ride that has nothing to do with lions. Anyway, still enjoyed myself! It's free, plus it's a great way to enjoy a beautiful afternoon! Thank you!!
A great place to spend the afternoon! It’s quite large for being a city zoo. The park was very clean and well maintained. It was super hot the afternoon we went so we stopped and grabbed a shaved ice. Most of the animals were sleeping or not in their outdoor enclosures, but that was because of the heat. All in all, this is a great place to take a walk and see some cool animals. Even better to bring the kids—it’s free!
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