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Lincoln Park Zoo

#18 of 638 things to do in Chicago Features Animals
2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
+1 312-742-2000
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-4757
Lincoln Park
+1 312-742-2000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a beautiful little place in the middle if the city. It is completely free & considering that makes it even more amazing. There are so many old architectural elements that adds to its beauty. I do feel sorry for the animals, due to it...More

Thank greentater
Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful day to walk around the Zoo, very clean and inviting. The carousal is a must. So much fun. Free admission which is such a surprise. A nice place to walk.

Thank ginniemae2016
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Having seen a few zoos I thought this has a good selection of animals and I went during the week which meant it wasn't very busy. Easy to get to and all of the exhibits were open and there were penguins :)

Thank Ady B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First time visiting Lincoln Park and all it offers including a great zoo, nature walk and farm in a zoo. This zoo is free to enter and I must say that it's much nicer than many zoo's I've visited including SF, San Diego and LA....More

Thank globbiztravel
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited on a very cold day and there were very few people, which was nice. It had a very nice selection of animals and all of the exhibits were open. It was a great visit.

Thank GeorgeVijay
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are visiting Chicago and staying in the downtown area a visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo is a great way to spend a half day outside with the family. It is conveniently located just a short bus or cab ride away and best...More

Thank henryv488
Reviewed 5 days ago

There are so many kinds of animals. I've been to many zoos and wildlife places in the US, but this one is certainly one of the best, and it's free! The conservatory has a lot of different kinds of ferns; the lily pond was stellar,...More

Thank Vilayvann K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We always enjoy going to the Lincoln Park Zoo! We can't believe that it still has FREE Admission! The staff always do a nice job of being friendly and answering questions.

Thank rgoben
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not a large zoo, but well organized.can find a lot of detailed information about animals. Good for young children.

Thank Hufu
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

One of my favorite places in Chicago. A well managed, interesting with many animals zoo. Walking distance from the lake front and Lincoln park. It's free and very worthwhile.

Thank Maritzabf
Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through
one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park
boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a
free zoo open to visitors year-round. This
pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks,
row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln
Park itself borders the lakefront area offering
peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline.
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parking available for free?
26 March 2017|
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Response from K S | Reviewed this property |
No it's $20 for all day.
Coming to Chicago Jan 14 th weekend... Would like to take 5 and 8 yr niece and nephew to the zoo.. If it is to cold to be outside is there enough to do inside exhibits @ the zoo to make it worth a winter visit?
1 January 2017|
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Response from ABrummie2 | Reviewed this property |
Chicago is usually cold in Winter. While there are inside exhibits there is a distance between these. Not the best time to visit as some animals might be away on "vacation" from the cold.
is there better a.k.a. cheaper parking that's still nearby (within walking)?
29 December 2016|
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Response from CultureVulture60657 | Reviewed this property |
There is a small amount of parking along the curb along Stockton Drive west of the Zoo and more curb parking along Cannon Drive north of Fullerton Ave. But finding an open space after 9 am is rare. The Chicago Park... More