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Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark St.
Chicago
IL
60614
Tel: 312 742 2000

Where are we going today?

If you're in Chicago, you don't have to travel too far to have an incredible day out filled with animal encounters. In fact, only a few minutes north of the city is Lincoln Park Zoo - a world of wildlife waiting to be explored!

You know what else is super great about Lincoln Park Zoo? It's FREE! Yep! They are dedicated to giving all families who visit the Windy City an incredible time, and a chance to experience some unforgettable animal encounters. So what are you waiting for!?

The zoo has creatures from all across the globe, so you don't have to travel to experience them. Here, they come to you!

From mammals, to birds, and reptiles, and everything in between, the zoo is sure to have your favorite animal. Have you ever wanted to look a tiger in the eye, or see the gorillas play? Perhaps you want to see first hand the majesty of the lions, or the cuteness of the American Beaver?

It's all for the taking at Lincoln Park Zoo!

An experience at the zoo is more than just looking at animals for kids. It's a place where they can learn all about the creatures, different parts of the world, and the importance of conservation. They might also come across some creatures they have never seen before!

Kids, do you know what an axolotl is, or perhaps the Bali Mynah? What do you think a Klipspringer is? Any idea? Best head there to find out then!

Don't miss the other attractions that you can enjoy during your time at the zoo, from the Lionel Train Adventure, and an Endangered Species Carousel!

Great animal fun in Chicago!

 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree!
  • ChildrenFree!
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am open. Close 4:30pm - 6:30pm seasonally.

Open 365 days a year!

Teachers corner

They love to create opportunities for kids to learn, and have a number of educational programs for you to choose from, as well as field trips, camps, and more!.

I'm Hungry!

Mealtime isn't just for the animals! There are plenty of things to enjoy at the zoo, from tacos, burgers, sandwiches, to pasta and pizza! With a number of cafes and snack stalls, you won't go hungry!.

Healthy Eating!

The Cafe at Wild Things offers organic food, as well as green goodies and salads. Great for those wanting something lighter!.

Any Top Tips?

If you love the zoo and want to help support it, become a member! You help keep it free for others, but also get free parking, and discounts at the shops and cafes!.

Doing our bit

They operate one of the largest zoo based conservation and science programs across the entire USA! They are dedicated to conservation and look after the animals within the zoo.

Need a little extra help?

Wheelchairs are available for temporary use, and there is accessible parking. The zoo itself, and two of the shops, and the food court and some cafes are accessible. Speak to staff if you have questions!.

Can I get one of those?

With three shops and kiosks, you will want to bring that pocket money! They have gifts, apparel, plush, and even jewelry for you to take home!.

More information

The zoo was founded back in 1868 - what a history!.

What people are saying?

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    Oh hi, zoo! The Lincoln Park Zoo is a great way to spend an afternoon with family or friends. It's free admission and has all the animals and attractions as the other zoos.

    Lincoln Park Zoo has lot of great events throughout the year too. From Zoo Lights to Yoga classes in the summer, there's something for everything.

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    Love this place, who doesn't love animals, there are lots of different types to see. The park is free and the park is large and has plenty to see. Their exhibits are wonderful and the animals all seem happy. The gift shop has lots to choose from and the animals make it a place to see while visiting Chicago. There is a large park around the zoo so there is plenty of parking. The park is free but the do accept donations, try and donate while you are there to make this a place that last for years to come. I did read that this is one of the oldest Zoos...Read More

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    I love zoos! I'm one of those nerd who read all of the boards to read about the animals and their habitats. They have a nice diversity of animals and the place is pretty clean. The walkways are nice and wide that allows for good crowd control. The architecture on the buildings are great show the age of the zoo.

    Go during zoo lights during the holiday season. It's cold, but you can bring your own hot chocolate and drink it inside the warm cafe. Bathrooms are scarce so if you can pee beforehand, please do. There are also activities for children...Read More

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    We love this place!

    True, zoos are not ideal living conditions for wild animals. They do however serve their purpose. Zoos expose children and adults alike to the far greater problems many animals face with regard to their natural habitat. They raise our awareness of our increasing encroachment and how it effects all living creatures. Maybe I'm wrong, but isn't that the bigger picture?

    Here's my upbeat Zoo Lights story. Last year we are determined to see the light display. On our chosen night it's 35 below wind chill. You don't have to be a...Read More

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    I have not been to a zoo in about 15 years. I enjoyed myself so much. There was so much to do there. Loved all the animals. The only thing is that there is alot of construction going on. I will be back in the winter since so many reviews say it is so pretty.

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by Spencer Wade

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Love this place, who doesn't love animals, there are lots of different types to see. The park is free and the park is large and has plenty to see. Their exhibits are wonderful and the animals all seem happy. The gift shop has lots to choose from and the animals make it a place to see while visiting Chicago. There is a large park around the zoo so there is plenty of parking. The park is free but the do accept donations, try and donate while you are there to make this a place that last for years to come. I did read that this is one of the oldest Zoos in the country. The childrens area seems to keep our visiting nieces and nephews busy throughout the visit, its a must see for visitors to the city or locals living here.

by Naomi kim

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I love zoos! I'm one of those nerd who read all of the boards to read about the animals and their habitats. They have a nice diversity of animals and the place is pretty clean. The walkways are nice and wide that allows for good crowd control. The architecture on the buildings are great show the age of the zoo.

Go during zoo lights during the holiday season. It's cold, but you can bring your own hot chocolate and drink it inside the warm cafe. Bathrooms are scarce so if you can pee beforehand, please do. There are also activities for children and "older" children alike.

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We love this place!

True, zoos are not ideal living conditions for wild animals. They do however serve their purpose. Zoos expose children and adults alike to the far greater problems many animals face with regard to their natural habitat. They raise our awareness of our increasing encroachment and how it effects all living creatures. Maybe I'm wrong, but isn't that the bigger picture?

Here's my upbeat Zoo Lights story. Last year we are determined to see the light display. On our chosen night it's 35 below wind chill. You don't have to be a meteorologist to know that's cold. Despite the fact we both are well prepared for Chiberian conditions, WE ARE FROZEN to our core. It was an awesome and memorable experience that we will never forget. The displays were superb. We didn't miss a single bulb even though we couldn't be outside for longer than ten minutes at a time. Awesome! Don't miss the Zoo Lights.

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