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Lincoln Park Zoo is a 35-acre (14 ha) zoo located in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 1868, making it among the oldest zoos in North America. It is also one of a few free admission zoos in the United States. The zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
Parking can be a struggle, but once you're inside you feel better about being there. Free admission, other items for you pay for. During the Christmas holiday, they have lights everywhere. It's so beautiful. The summertime is great too. Catching the animals out in their habitat is awesome. The pedal dove boats are so sweet. The grounds are quit clean and they have public bathrooms.
Free zoo! Need I say more??? It was an easy walk from nearby landmarks. Lincoln Park Zoo was a lot of fun and a great way to spend the early afternoon. It wasn't too busy, and the exhibits were really good! It's a good sized zoo with a lot of great animals. Everyone here is super helpful and knowledgeable
I had a great day at the Lincoln Park Zoo, it was very easy to get there by bus, we had enough time to see everything. It was easy to walk around the park, following the trail, we saw all the animals, the description panels were informative and fun to read. Best part was the polar bear! I suggest you to bring your own lunch, there were benches and empty spaces for you to have your own picnic but not a lot of restaurants.
One can loose track of time in this place, especially with children with one. My favorite attraction was the bird house, where there are no cages and one can actually see the birds not behind a cage. Overall it's a great place to visit and have a picnic. The adult only events at night are a great date night.
What a great zoo. It's much more expansive than I ever remembered as a child. Took my wife and young boys there, and we all had a blast! It's so cool to be in downtown Chicago and feel like you are in a meadow. Very well put together.
I love love love the Lincoln Park zoo. I can spend hours there observing the animals in their natural habitat or just people watch. Either way the zoo always has something going on and is a lot of FREE fun. Also the zoo has some great spots to take great pictures of the lake or the skyline. Last but not least, the petting zoo is great to watch chicks hatch and begin their life. There's something for everyone in there.
I am astonished by this city zoo...so beautiful, clean, and spacious! The animal exhibits are plentiful...there is so much to explore and enjoy...and it is FREE and open 365 days a year! I am so impressed at the quality of this zoo for being free of charge. There are seals, beavers, primates, reptiles, bears, rhinos, big cats, wolves, ostriches, kangaroos, zebras, bats, swan and duck lake, cavys, etc. Polar bears and penguins will be added to the zoo in fall of 2016, too! There are air conditioned animal and bird exhibits, too, in beautifully clean and well-maintained facilities to catch a break from the outdoor exhibits during very hot and humid weather. Even the drinking fountains are beautiful at this zoo...beautiful brass sculptural drinking fountains whimsically adorned with animals of course! There is a lovely patio for dining and refreshments near an enclosed baboon exhibit, which makes for great entertainment while eating lunch. My little girl loved the gorgeous carousel outfitted with every zoo animal imaginable....she chose to ride the leopard on the carousel because it matched her leopard shoes she wore the day we were there (too much cuteness, I swear). A small train is available for children to ride as well. The carousel and train are a few bucks to ride...and worth the smiles it brings to kids' faces....especially mine! Love this place!
The animals were awesome. Great entertainment. Lovely place to take kids or your significant others. Took my girlfriend at the time and had a wonderful time. Great staff as well. So peaceful and beautiful in places as well. This is a must go see and visit if you go to Chicago. The beautiful windy city.
Our family has supported the zoo for many years. The infrastructure and the food are really incredible here. Admission is still free but parking is hard to find on the street. There are so many major construction projects going on here that there are very few animals to see. It is still a very family-friendly beautiful place to visit. Once the animals return my rating will likely go back up to four or five stars.
Keyword: FREE!! I can’t complain about something that is free. But seriously, it was such a great time and I got to see animals that I have never seen in real life such a Black Bear, a Rhino, a Polar Bear, Camels!!! And so much more. I was just so excited! Thank you Chicago for having a free zoo. :)
It's free and educational and I appreciate these two aspects of the zoo. However, I can't help but feel sad for the animals. Chicago has a very harsh climate for these animals. (So many of them are from much warmer climates.) The zoo does offer their animals warm(er) shelter but it's just such a small space for creatures created to live out in wide open spaces, and so many of the spectators can't help but bang on the glass, that my heart goes out to the animals. Other than that, it's a great place to walk around. It's generally crowded. The zoo offers educational videos and food stands. If you tire of it, it's within a short walk to a park and the city.
Best Zoo I've ever been to. Free Entrance w/Parking being only Cost. Their Food Court is Delicious with Large Selection of A Variety of Foods. Polar Bear was a Great Exhibit...The Bear put on a Show for our Group. Walked 3.4miles and still did not get to see all Animals. Next Year will go again. A Must See and Experience for All Who go to Chicago.
The polar bears were amazing! It was a fun day! I loved it! It wasn't jam packed when we went for Mothers day. They seals were so cute too! All though. When we went to see the lions indoor. There wasn't nothing there which was a bummer.
Great little zoo, plenty to see. Best of all it's free. There is also a conservatory nearby and the farm at the South side of the zoo is a great place to bring your kids. There are many indoor exhibits here, which makes it really nice to come even in the winter months. There is a merry go round, which you do have to pay to ride, but is super cute with animals the kids can ride. Parking is pricey, so if you're a local I recommend the membership, which gives you discounted or free parking, otherwise parking is pretty expensive.
Amazing free zoo to take the kids. I took my God Son here and it was perfect weather. It was crowded but not too busy. Even though there were a bunch of school kids there it made it fun. It’s lots of walking so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Make sure you bring sunscreen because very few places sell it. The concessions are pretty expensive but too be expected. You can bring your own food and drinks. You can’t eat within the exhibits but that’s pretty common. My favorite exhibit was the giraffes, there was a teenage one so it was so cute. I would highly recommend this spot for travelers since it is free. I’m the winter they have zoo lights here which is also amazing.
Did Run for the Zoo for the 1st time and very much enjoyed it! There was a pretty good crowd but they managed us all very well. The grounds were beautiful to run through and everything was very clean. Workers were all friendly and efficient. I plan to do it again next year! Wish I took more photos but I was too busy breathing :)
This zoo had the best assortment of animals and definitely deserves a big cheer from me. The cages were well kept. Installations for learning about various animals outside each of the units were interactive, informative and interesting. Most importantly, the habitats for the animals were designed keeping in mind their natural living conditions. Most habitats also had thermal heating to keep a few rocks warm for the animals to rest when it gets cold. Overall, a great place to visit especially with little children in company. The zoo has strollers and is very child friendly.
A gem of a zoo and in such an amazing location! Easy access by public transit gets you to this amazing zoo and accompanying farm. The animals are very well cared for and they all seem very happy. The layout of the paths and the walkways inside the various halls are wide and can easily accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Check out the view of the downtown area from the lagoon- great place for a photo! This is a fantastic place to visit with friends from out of town, and/or with kids.
What a great service for the residents of the town. We had a great time and got to see animals our zoo doesn't have. It was super hot the day we went but most of the animals were out and moving around. We had lunch at at the cafe above what looked like a gift shop and it turned out super great. It looked like you could also get tacos from a different vendor close by. Great zoo!
When we think of a zoo, we think of animals roaming in open spaces, outside their small covered cages. That is why when winter comes, some of us think that all zoos are closed because there is no way animals will be released outside in freezing temperatures. But we think wrong. Most large zoos are open on winter and they even let some animals play outside in the snow. And this makes visiting a zoo during snowy winters a fun thing to do. Also, there are indoor attractions for those who do not want to spend time walking outside. Being one of Chicago’s top family destinations, with a free admission and open every day of the year, I checked out what it has to offer on a snowy Sunday. You don’t have to fight crowds, you have all the viewing areas to yourself. Animals playing in the snow and free to wander. Not feeling the outside? There are plenty of indoor exhibits to thaw out. A zoo with a lot of character. Truly a gem for Chicago.
Wonderful zoo! Love that it is totally FREE! Especially if you get there early you can park on the street for free as well. You can pay to park close if need be but street parking helps. There is a great selection of animals to see. This is a great zoo and a lot better than some zoos you have to pay to see. I definitely recommend coming to visit!