Lincoln Park Zoo

NileGuide Expert Says:

A perfect choice for those looking for a family fun activity. Most of the day could easily be spent here viewing the animals, having a picnic in the open park areas, then walking to the lake to play on the beach. Plus, admission is FREE!

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2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614


+1 312 742 2000

NileGuide Expert tip:

Admission is free, but pack your own food/water, which is expensive if you purchase at the zoo. Take the CTA red line to avoid difficult parking, or drive early so you can find street parking instead of using the expensive zoo parking lot.


As the only zoo in the City of Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo is free and open to the public 365 days a year. Founded in 1868, it is also one of the nation's oldest zoos. The Lincoln Park Zoo does an impressive job with its various exhibits, most notably the Regenstein Center for African Apes, where you can look a gorilla in the face (from the other side of the rail or glass, of course). The Lincoln Park Conservatory is directly to the north of the zoo, where you can take in some flora to complement your fauna fix from the zoo. A nice pre or post-zoo meal can be had at R.J. Grunt's, directly across the street. During the Christmas season the zoo lights up with a free light show every evening.


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