With more than 1,000 animals, from apes to penguins, housed inside one of the only free zoos remaining in the United States, this Lincoln Park attraction is one that's worth multiple visits. While it only occupies 35 acres of space, exhibits like the Regenstein Center for African Apes, the Kovler Lion House and the Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House are packed with interesting sights and incredible creatures. During the summer, the Lincoln Park Zoo hosts beer festivals and adult nights, but when the holidays arrive, the twinkling ZooLights display takes over the park.
Home to the largest Chicago park, one of the best museums in Chicago and a zoo that you can visit without paying a dime, you don't have to look hard to find worthwhile attractions in Lincoln Park. Stroll through the campus of DePaul University before you head for the neighborhood's namesake green space, where you'll find a conservatory, the Chicago History Museum, beaches, a lily pool and a pavilion designed by Jeanne Gang. In the evening, stop by the Second City to see improvisers at work or see the latest premiere at the Steppenwolf Theatre before a meal at on of the best Chicago restaurants. Have some fun in one of Chicago's most popular neighborhoods by making your way to these Lincoln Park attractions.
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