Everything you need to know about visiting Lincoln Park (2001 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60614)
See some 1,200 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.
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.
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|Venue name:||Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago, IL||Contact:|
2001 N Clark St
|Cross street:||between Lake Shore Dr and Fullerton Pkwy|
|Opening hours:||Memorial Day–Labor Day, Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat, Sun 10am–6:30pm|
|Transport:||Bus: 151, 156.|
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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.
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.
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.