Lincoln Park Zoo

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Lincoln Park Zoo: Is located near Chicgao's Loop.

 (Photograph: John Kortas)
Photograph: John Kortas

Lincoln Park Zoo: Visis the Gibbon baby in the Animal Lifestyles area at Lincoln Park Zoo.


Lincoln Park Zoo: Visit the Silverback Gorilla Kwanacross from the Foreman Pavillionat the Lincoln Park Zoo.


Lincoln Park Zoo: Visit the macaques monkeys across from the Foreman Pavillion in Lincoln Park Zoo.


Lincoln Park Zoo: Visit the Amur tigers in the center of the Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo


Lincoln Park: Relax in green Lincoln Park and enjoy attractions like the Nature Museum, Conservatory and the Lincoln Park Zoo.

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams

Lincoln Park Zoo: Ofers Yoga classes Wednesday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings through September 29.

 (Photograph: Krystal Thibault)
Photograph: Krystal Thibault

Lincoln Park Zoo: When the sun goes down, walk through the zoo and see the lights at Lincoln Park Zoo.

See some 1,200 animals, from apes to zebras, at the oldest and one of only a few free zoos left in the country. It is small, only 35 acres, but attractions like the Kovler Lion House and the Regenstein Center for African Apes pack a big punch. The newest feature: The Regenstein Macaque Forest, where snow monkeys swing through trees and relax in a hot tub.


Venue name: Lincoln Park Zoo
Address: 2001 N Clark St

Cross street: between Lake Shore Dr and Fullerton Pkwy
Opening hours: May 26–September 3, Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat, Sun 10am–6:30pm
Transport: Bus: 151, 156.
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  • Classes and workshops Saturday May 6 2017 - Sunday May 7 2017
  • Festivals Saturday May 20 2017
  • Festivals Friday June 16 2017 - Saturday June 17 2017

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Erin Delahanty
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I love the Lincoln Park Zoo! I've been coming since I was a kid and it's just as much fun now as it was when I was a kid and the smell of those wax figurines still lingers in my nose every time I walk into one of the buildings where you can find them. You can't beat the free admission year-round and it's even more fun to stop by with a group at night in the winter and check out ZooLights. 

Carrie G

Full disclosure - I used to live across the street from LPZOO so I've been there A LOT. So while it may be bias speaking, I am truly a fan of this zoo. Especially for the cost (free!) there's a lot to see and their special events are great (particularly Adults Night Out at the Zoo and Zoo Lights). The new snow monkeys are adorable and definitely a new favorite stop for me. Similar to what someone stated below, the cat house can feel a bit depressing (that can't possibly be enough space!) but the history of the property and good conservation work they're doing is heartwarming. Definitely a good stop when family comes to visit or you're looking for a cheap day date!

Elizabeth A

Guys but the giraffes. Giraffes are my favorite, and this is one of the few places you can go (for free!) and get pretty close to giraffes. The cat house is also tons of fun, and in winter everyone loves Brew Lights and Zoo Lights, but I'm in it for the giraffes.

Michael J

This free city zoo is better than most paid admission zoos in other cities. If you're walking through Lincoln Park, you owe yourself a visit to say hello to a red panda or a beaver. The cat house, though historic, can feel a little sad, but otherwise many of the habitats here seem very well maintained and cheerful. Make sure to visit during the holidays to see Zoo Lights.

Clayton Guse

The Lincoln Park Zoo is free and open year round, which gives you little reason to miss out on some of the coolest animals in town. Check it out in December when the zoo is lit up for Zoo Lights.