Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago, IL
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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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2001 N Clark St
|Cross street:||between Lake Shore Dr and Fullerton Pkwy|
|Transport:||Bus: 151, 156.|
|Opening hours:||Memorial Day–Labor Day, Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat, Sun 10am–6:30pm|
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Unless you've got a big budget, your Chirstmas light display won't hold an LED candle to the 2.5 million bulbs that festoon Lincoln Park Zoo during the annual ZooLights event. While most of the animals will be inside, guests are free to wander through...Late openings Friday November 29 2019 - Sunday January 5 2020
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Adults Night Out: Holidaze
If you've ever wanted to explore Lincoln Park Zoo after the gates close, now's your chance. Leave the little ones at home and check out Adults Night Out: Holidaze to enjoy the holiday magic without the crowds at this after-hours event—all beneath the...Thursday December 5 2019
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The only thing better than basking in the glow of Lincoln Park Zoo's annual Christmas light display is spending an evening among the twinkling bulbs with a beer in your gloved hands. The ticketed BrewLights event allows attendees to sample beer from Begyle,...Thursday December 12 2019
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Been coming to LPZ since I was 17, even worked as a Docent for a while. Great staff, wonderful exhibits, petting zoo and Farm in the Zoo. And while you're in Lincoln Park, check out the Conservatory (free - with annual flower shows) and just wander around this beautiful area. Great restaurants nearby when you get hungry, including the iconic Cafe Brauer. I go as often as I can - best weekdays spring, fall and winter, not so crowded.
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.