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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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  • I recently spent a winter's day afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo with my granddaughter. It was a cold day, but we kept moving and made use of all of the indoor exhibits so did not get chilly. We... 
    I recently spent a winter's day afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo with my granddaughter. It was a cold day, but we kept moving and made use of all of the indoor exhibits so did not get chilly. We...  more »
  • Cannot believe this Zoo is free! I really appreciate the kind folks who continue to fund this stellar attraction. There are lots of exotic animals and different types of exhibits. It’s very... 
    Cannot believe this Zoo is free! I really appreciate the kind folks who continue to fund this stellar attraction. There are lots of exotic animals and different types of exhibits. It’s very...  more »
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  • The zoo is free and is in the nice Lincoln Park area. Great views nearby and it is at a relatively convenient location with respect to the main attractions downtown. It is a little over an hour of leisurely walk from the Millennium station. The zoo is not large so there are not many animals to been with. I was able to see some animals but a few were not available. I did not check out the farm, train, food options or the gift shop, so no comment on those.
  • Small zoo with it's own charm! I think it's one of the few zoos in the US that has free admission and they do accept donations from visitors. It's a nice place to just walk around and see animals although there were a few areas where I didn't see animals in them. There are also rides for kids and food available in the main court. It's not the biggest zoo you can be in but it's definitely worth the time to see what they have; and the best part about it is that it's free.

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