Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Zoo · Lincoln Park
2001 N Clark St (btwn Fullerton Pkwy & LaSalle Dr), Chicago, IL 60614, United States
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
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    Zach R.
    "Awesome free zoo in the heart of Chicago."(18 Tips)
    Terrass M.
    "It's free admission, and the Gorillas are the best exhibit"(10 Tips)
    Dave H.
    "The primates, polar bear and beavers are particularly great!"(9 Tips)
    Fodor's Travel
    "free admission every day of the year"(10 Tips)
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  • Tiffany

    So many random animals but defs worth a visit!

    Tiffany · 1 week ago
  • Cristian L.

    It's an awesome walk through the park... specially since it's free!

    Cristian Löfvall · 2 weeks ago
  • Kelly W.

    Free admission. Great place to bring your family, especially during the holidays since there are a lot of events going on.

    Kelly Wong · 3 weeks ago
  • Jamel S.

    The new exhibit snow monkeys is pretty awesome.

    Jamel Stewart · October 23
  • Noah A.

    The zoo is free! Giraffes, rhinos, lions, penguins, and a great view of the city from the nature walk bridge!

    Noah Adams · October 17
  • Michael D.

    Entry is free for everyone, clean, easy to navigate, and a GREAT skyline view from the nature boardwalk. Easy access to CTA buses.

    Michael Dorsey · September 29
  • Vivian N.

    We definitely got what we paid for. We came in the middle of Sept at 2ish, and a lot of the animals were not out.

    Vivian Nguyen · September 21
  • Leila S.

    A free zoo!!!!!

    Leila Samii · September 20
  • Saif D.

    Free zoo. Enough said.

    Saif Dia · September 8
  • Matthew G.

    The sea lions

    Matthew Garchik · September 7
  • Andrea M.

    A lot of animals ❤️ and it is free !

    Andrea Martinez · August 24
  • Olga G.

    A must see. Always something new.

    Olga Gonzalez · August 22
  • Courtney S.

    Amazing free zoo! Make sure to visit the cute red pandas!

    Courtney Stoner · August 21
  • Fodor's Travel

    With free admission every day of the year, the Lincoln Park Zoo is a beloved Chicago institution. There’s a lot to see in the 35-acre park.

    Fodor's Travel · August 21
  • Dana P.

    Best free zoo in the country, and maybe even better than a lot of paid ones

    Dana Parker · August 2
  • Rachel W.

    Walk right in and meet some animals up close and personal. 🐯 (Layout is a little wonky - we went around in circles looking for giraffes.)

    Rachel Whinnery · July 30
  • Joe C.

    It's a zoo! In the middle of a park! In the middle of a city! And it's FREE. There are two mold-a-rama machines, one in the barn on the farm, the other in the small primate house.

    Joe Carpita · July 25
  • Lindsay L.

    a beautiful zoo, free for everyone.

    Lindsay Lehman · July 17
  • Matt K.

    free admission! also good food quality, and not insanely high prices, wide variety!

    Matt Koskinen · July 12
  • Terrass M.

    It's free admission, and the Gorillas are the best exhibit

    Terrass Misher · July 7
  • Zach F.

    Don't leave without 'gramming the Jeanne Gang pavilion.

  • Leandro V.

    The house with the giraffe that simulates an African evironment is mandatory!

    Leandro Vicente · May 16
  • Matthew K.

    Best Zoo in Chicago!!!

    Matthew Kopf · May 9
  • Ruben S.

    This zooming vision machine does not work. Steals your .50.

  • Latham B.

    Lots of good displays and it's all free. I got to watch apes fight!

    Latham Brunson · April 8
  • Tigh D.

    Free and great exhibits

    Tigh De Gazon · March 16
  • Tigh D.

    Great FREE place to take the kids or yourself 365 days a year

    Tigh De Gazon · March 16
  • Bobby K.

    Free and beautiful. Stroll through it as part of a day at the lakefront.

    Bobby Kennedy · January 11
  • Renee P.

    The zoo is free. Come often for short visits.

    Renee Prisble · January 2
  • Ari C.

    I love this zoo! The fact that it's free admission does not make it any less fun and interesting.

    Ari Caldwell · December 27, 2014
  • Harrison N.

    Can't go wrong with a free zoo (check out the conservatory, lily pool, and of course the beach nearby to extend your experience with some other great free attractions).

    Harrison Napper · November 29, 2014
  • Tiffany P.

    Free zoo! Awesome! Beautiful park to wander through and enjoy the exhibits.

    Tiffany Porter · November 8, 2014
  • John K.

    Free! Also, great view of downtown Chicago.

    John Kidde · November 2, 2014
  • Sarah

    The monkeys are absolutely THE most adorable.

    Sarah · October 28, 2014
  • Joseph B.

    Pretty solid, especially for a free zoo.

    Joseph Blewitt · October 17, 2014
  • Desiree D.

    Time to see the Monkeys!

    Desiree Dalmacio · September 22, 2014
  • Jonathan F.

    Free admission. It is a wonderful place to visit on weekend mornings for a brisk walk, it is hardly crowded.

    Jonathan Ferrera · September 22, 2014
  • Valerie

    Check out the information desk to get a map. The people there are very friendly and will let you know about different events taking place in the zoo that day.

    Valerie · September 15, 2014
  • Jeffrey P.

    Can't beat free. Perfect zoo to stroll in and out of, whether you have an hour or all day.

    Jeffrey Pfaller · September 12, 2014
  • Avka U.

    Love it on Weekdays

    Avka Urjinee · September 9, 2014
  • Stephanie H.

    Stay away from the cafeteria. Overpriced and inedible.

    Stephanie Hardiman Simon · September 8, 2014
  • Derek M.

    Check out the otters.

    Derek Morrin · September 4, 2014
  • Derek D.

    Smaller zoo, but it's free and there is a great view of the skyline from the park entrance.

    Derek Dukey · September 3, 2014
  • Jenny O.

    The baby apes!

    Jenny O'Connell · August 31, 2014
  • Esteban P.

    Free zoo. Great apes.

    Esteban Pino · August 31, 2014
  • Paul G.

    A must when visiting Chicago. Free and a nice walk from the city centre along the lake shore. An great asset to the city.

    Paul Gallagher · August 28, 2014
  • Toria L.

    Awesome zoo! Free & relatively empty today (though the kids are back to school and it's a Tuesday). Don't forget the farm & nearby Conservatory (free as well)!

    Toria L · August 27, 2014
  • Chuck R.

    A lot of construction this year. Japanese macaque area & polar bear overhaul. Parking is $9 for members (otherwise it can run up to $35). Check out the Nature Boardwalk next to the farm-in-a-zoo!

    Chuck Renaud · August 23, 2014
  • Jennifer B.

    Sections under construction, made navigating more difficult this visit. Went to Children's section, that was cool!

    Jennifer Boberg · August 17, 2014
  • Euller B.

    Polar bear!!!

    Euller Barros · August 17, 2014

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