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.
When I first walked into this place, I realized I was in meat lover's paradise. I heard great things about it, but I had no clue about the variety of options I would have to choose from. Do I want otter, do I want polar bear, or should I splurge and get the king of the jungle? All of the animals looked so good. I walked around the park for about 45 minutes looking at all the animals deciding what to order. So I went to the booth where you can buy tickets for the swan boats. I decided to go big so at the booth I ordered a giraffe leg, medium-well. Then I walked over to the area where the giraffe is located and sat on the ground to wait. A waiter came out and refilled the giraffe's water dish, which got me excited because the leg meat will be even juicier now. I sat for about 2 hours waiting, so I became concerned about my order. And I could clearly still see the giraffe walking around. I complained several times to the manager, who I assumed was the head chef or at least the sous chef. He told me to relax and that the giraffe was very tired and needed to go to bed for the night. I was baffled. Why offer such delicious meaty dishes if the animals just get tired and go to bed? 4 stars for not delivering the food. Also, I noticed most people were just eating ice cream all day. Why order ice cream with all of this tasty meat surrounding the area? I will return in the future. I want my giraffe leg.
In town for business, I booked a room at the Hotel Lincoln and discovered this gem across the street. It was rejuvenating to see so many excited kids enjoying such a special and well maintained place. During my first early morning ramble through I even encountered a field full of families camping in the zoo. What a unique experience!
Great experience. All the animals were visible and beautiful. Brought lunch from home and the adults were able to even get beers from their cafeterias! Have a cool video of roaring Lion but it will not let me post. Parking in lot cost $30.
For a free zoo, this place is great. They have lots of variety in animals and the grounds are very well kept. The location is very good for extending your trip into the park, out onto the lake, or into the conservatory. Those three activities would make for a great half day in Chicago when the weather is nice. The bridge just outside the southwest exit of the zoo provides one of my favorite views of the city. Also, if you are a sloth lover, the mother and baby sloth are worth the trip alone.
I love this zoo! It is the best free zoo I've ever visited, and is easy to get to on the bus. The new facilities are beautiful, and the animals seem well taken care of. The food court area can be pricey, like at any zoo, but it is worth it since you don't pay admission. Zookeepers and other staff are always very nice.