Lincoln Park Zoo
Founded in 1868, A premier Chicago attraction, Lincoln Park Zoo each year welcomes more than three million visitors, providing them with remarkable learning experiences as well as fun and enjoyment. Famous for its historical structures, the zoo has succeeded at combining state-of-the-art animal and visitor facilities with beautiful architectural reflections of past times and sensibilities.
Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago and by advancing the highest quality of animal care, education, science and conservation.
The zoo is a wonderful destination - even in the winter weather. The animals were very active and they are very close and easily visible even for small children. The mid-day crowd on a weekday was sparse and we were the only visitor's in many areas. The birds in the bird house weren't shy and came near to us on our walk through their areas. The apes we're especially playful and it was interesting to see them interact with the snow the keepers brought in to their enclosure. If you are nearby and have a few hours you should definitely check the zoo out. You can't beat the price either - free!
What a beautiful place. Such a blessing to have a free zoo in prime location. Parking is a bit expensive but worth it. Get ready for a lot of walking. So if your pregnant like me? Make sure you take comfortable shoes and take advantage of the bathrooms too. They are a bit hard to find in the south part of the zoo. A lot of new exhibits opened up this year on the west size with bathrooms so your good there! My 2 yr old and 6 yr old love the farm/barn. So make sure to check it out! Don't forget your snacks! But if you do, they have a cafe restaurant. No worries! If you have extra time walk on over to the west side where you'll find a free (donations welcome) plant conservatory. Just beautiful!!!
Nice zoo overall. I'm not a fan of big animals inside indoor cages but the big cats do have an outdoor area as well. The facilities are a bit run down but the animals seem healthy visually. It is a free park which makes it very accessible. The view of the skyline is spectacular and the park around the zoo is well kept.
I generally disagree with the concept of zoo's but this one is well laid out and gives reasonable room for the animals. It's neat and clean with a wide variety of animals. However neat it is, it's still essentially a prison especially for the big cats. Nonetheless it is an interesting walk when making your way back from the conservatory to the city center and entrance is free.
One of the few free zoos in the country! Check out the Lincoln Park Conservatory while you're here to view the beautiful flowers and plants. The sea lions and snow leopards are always active so stop by to say hello! Parking is nearly impossible to find after 10 a.m. so plan on arriving early if you travel by car.