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Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
Photograph: Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo/Christopher Bijalba

Time Out says

Everything you need to know about visiting Lincoln Park (2001 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60614)

See some 1,100 animals—from apes to zebras to flamingos—at one of the last free zoos in the country. The 35-acre attraction connects visitors with animals from all over the world, and a variety of seasonal events and special programming keep locals coming back again and again.

All about the animals

Of course, the zoo's main attraction is its inhabitants. From mammals (beavers, lions, otters and bears) to birds (penguins, eagles and parrots) to reptiles (snakes, crocodiles and turtles), there's something for every animal lover at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Plus, there are always new additions, which means plenty of incredibly adorable baby animals every time you visit. It's easy to see hundreds of creatures in a single day, as the space's terrain is very walkable, even with little ones in tow.

New arrivals

The Lincoln Park Zoo is seemingly always acquiring new residents, including babies that are born on-site. Recently, the zoo has welcomed a pair of infant Japanese macaques (a.k.a. snow monkeys), a zebra foal and a Diana monkey infant. Sometimes it takes a while before the young critters can be seen by the public, but if you get lucky, you may spot one of the zoo's newest residents.

Something extra

The zoo also plays host to special events throughout the year, including outdoor yoga sessions, Summer Wine Fest, Craft Brews at the Zoo and kid-friendly sing alongs. Check the zoo's website for an updated roster of events happening during your visit.

Our Chicago editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues across the city, so that you're always in the know, with the best of Chicago at your fingertips. Chicago was most recently updated with new tips on August 19, 2020.


2001 N Clark St
Cross street:
between Lake Shore Dr and Fullerton Pkwy
Bus: 151, 156.
Opening hours:
10am–5pm daily
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