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Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

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Lincoln Park, Chicago
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  • Cameron W.
    Cameron Wylie2 weeks ago
    Free zoo? Awesome.
  • An S.
    An ShengAugust 27
    Surprisingly clean and not too crowded for a free zoo 🦍
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos ButlerAugust 20
    It's free, but the price you pay is not in dollars.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerJuly 10
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the true jewels of Chicago, especially considering that admission is free for all.
  • Yolanda H.
    Free admission, beautiful landscape, and wonderful animals. Loved the volunteers and all their knowledge especially Dan
  • Damon S.
    Free entry. The big cat exhibit with lions, leopards, and jaguars was amazing
  • Ashley M.
    Beautiful place! Larger than expected. And free! That's awesome. Wish the wild cats had larger habitats.
  • Mandy A.
    Mandy AcostaMarch 27
    Closes at 5!! Beautiful scenic walk through the zoo ❤️
  • Patricia A.
    Our favorites? The Lions Tigers and Bears, especially the Polar Bear!
  • Jessika E.
    Jessika EvansJanuary 5
    They made it very clear during shows that they focus on humane animal treatment and also work with various animal rehab organizations. Very impressed.
  • Esthefany S.
    It was beautiful! Went for the Lincoln Park Zoolights and wow! Very clean and organized. People were really nice and the lights and decorations were Incredible!!
  • Cass G.
    Cass GrimmDecember 30, 2016
    Beautiful and spacious. We saw the zoo lights and they were very pretty though it was quite cold. Lots of hot chocolate and popcorn stands.
  • Rita L.
    Rita LDecember 21, 2016
    Zoo lights is pretty cool, opens until 9 pm
  • Phillip S.
    Phillip ScottDecember 9, 2016
    Christmas lights were great. So was the hot spiced wine.
  • James L.
    James LeeDecember 6, 2016
    Zoo lights in December is always a family treat @Lincoln park zoo!
  • Kevin Z.
    Kevin ZimmermanDecember 2, 2016
    Brewfest was awesome!!!
  • Susa D.
    Susa DNovember 17, 2016
    In winter, all cafes are closed but one. The exhibits are very nice, it's wonderful to have a walk through this zoo and escape the city for a while. Be sure to bring a camera!
  • David H.
    David HowlandOctober 31, 2016
    Awesome zoo, with a great ape gorilla exhibit. And it's free! Better than some paid zoos that I've been to.
  • Danny P.
    Danny PayneOctober 15, 2016
    Very impressed with the location and how much they had to offer for a free zoo in a downtown large city.
  • MJ C.
    MJ CaoOctober 6, 2016
    Free zoo!! What else can you ask for. It's pretty quiet on a weekday.
  • Petra B.
    Petra BaylinSeptember 10, 2016
    Honestly, this zoo is SO AMAZING, it shouldn't even be free! The exibits are state of the art, and the animals are well taken care of and ADORABLE!
  • Micah P.
    Micah PfeifferSeptember 1, 2016
    Walk around, look at the animals, and make sure to leave the brats at home.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimAugust 14, 2016
    Check out the mane event. 🦁
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderAugust 10, 2016
    The place gets cranking by 10am, but nice to wander through early and beat the rush-some animals out like this zebra by 9ish.
  • Don B.
    Don BAugust 10, 2016
    One of Chicago's free treasures.
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  • Joanne R.
    Joanne ReinardAugust 3, 2016
    Great zoo but can't stop thinking of these poor animals..how can they be treated well and accordingly to their needs if the zoo is free??
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChorbaJuly 30, 2016
    Big cats, 🐧, gibons, seals
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinJuly 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Truly incredible that this is a free zoo. Consider making a contribution to keep this special. They do a lot of research and renovations to keep the integrity of the zoo. Great place to visit.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FloeringJuly 2, 2016
    ParkWhiz is good for helping you find cheap parking nearby :)
  • Debbie W.
    Debbie WillJuly 2, 2016
    Love the Polar Bears. The best event is the Zoo Lights event; even better than Brookfield Zoo event.
  • Travis H.
    Travis HJune 24, 2016
    Perfect for families exploring Chicago on a budget.
  • Donna J.
    Donna JohnsonJune 3, 2016
    It's a free zoo, what's not to like!
  • Shafiq S.
    Shafiq ShariffJune 1, 2016
    The Nature BoardWalk at the Lincoln Park Zoo has been re-done for several years now and each fall its beautiful new landscape explodes in fall color. Read more
  • Matt M.
    Matt MorogMay 29, 2016
    Awesome little zoo. Amazing that it's free.
  • Attila K.
    Attila KovacsMay 27, 2016
    neat zoo + nice park + free!!!
  • Debra J.
    Debra JacksonMay 13, 2016
    Amazing that this zoo is open to the public and has so many animals. A great place to spend time with children.
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelMay 8, 2016
    Free zoo! Not as many animals as Brookfield but great for an afternoon walk
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TaubApril 28, 2016
    One of the best free zoos out there. Tons of animals and beautiful grounds. Grab a beer from the cafe and walk around.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandApril 22, 2016
    Great place to spend an afternoon.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WaskaApril 22, 2016
    Awesome Zoo and it's open most of the time.
  • Joshua C.
    Joshua CrutchfieldApril 19, 2016
    Love this zoo. Love that it's "free". Factor in parking before you make the trip!
  • Carlos L.
    Carlos LlamachoApril 17, 2016
    Plenty to see, great scenery and pretty informative signs at the exhibits. Overall is a great experience.
  • Simon C.
    Simon ChanApril 15, 2016
    Great zoo, and entry is free!
  • John H.
    John HankusMarch 27, 2016
    Free zoo but paying for parking is required. Lots of stuff to do here on a nice day. Decent petting zoo on the children's farm as well.
  • vanessa b.
    vanessa buenrostroMarch 23, 2016
    A very fun place to see many animals and the exhibits and best of all its free admission!
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraMarch 12, 2016
    Free to the public and closes at 7 pm get there early but easy to find at least
  • David K.
    David KollerMarch 6, 2016
    I love this zoo. It's free, in the middle of the city, constantly being improved, and a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle.
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SchorpFebruary 20, 2016
    Lots of fun and love all the animals. Great for everyone
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 28, 2016
    At this urban enclave near Lake Michigan, you can face off with lions, watch about two dozen gorillas and chimpanzees, and see animals both slithery (pythons) and strange (sloths). Read more
  • Adelaide J.
    Adelaide JenkinsJanuary 15, 2016
    zoo lights is fun and beautiful
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CasperJanuary 10, 2016
    I hate zoos but the holiday light show around the property is so freaking cool and fun to watch!!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HaidJanuary 8, 2016
    Free admission
  • Alberto R.
    Alberto RodríguezJanuary 7, 2016
    Nothing not to like here. Free zoo with lions, tigers, monkeys, gorillas, seals. Great place for a walk. I was there in winter when they have a light show. Now there is a skating rink too. $5 to skat
  • Billy C.
    Billy CJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Free zoo and zoo lights
  • Melody L.
    Melody LeggeJanuary 2, 2016
    Winter time Zoo Lights is fun. Great zoo. Free. Good location to do other things. Check out the nature Broadwalk right there and cafe Brauer for food and neat view of the city skyline.
  • FJ B.
    FJ BeringDecember 30, 2015
    The lion and tiger were chuffing at each other in the Cat House. It was very cool to hear. The tiger was cool, but the lion wanted a fight!
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamirezDecember 17, 2015
    Beautiful and I like that there was so many things to see plus it was free
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyNovember 19, 2015
    So many random animals but defs worth a visit!
  • Cristian L.
    Cristian LöfvallNovember 11, 2015
    It's an awesome walk through the park... specially since it's free!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 1, 2015
    Free admission. Great place to bring your family, especially during the holidays since there are a lot of events going on.
  • Jamel S.
    Jamel StewartOctober 23, 2015
    The new exhibit snow monkeys is pretty awesome.
  • Noah A.
    Noah AdamsOctober 17, 2015
    The zoo is free! Giraffes, rhinos, lions, penguins, and a great view of the city from the nature walk bridge!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DorseySeptember 29, 2015
    Entry is free for everyone, clean, easy to navigate, and a GREAT skyline view from the nature boardwalk. Easy access to CTA buses.
  • Vivian N.
    Vivian NguyenSeptember 21, 2015
    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.
  • Leila S.
    Leila SamiiSeptember 20, 2015
    A free zoo!!!!!
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaSeptember 8, 2015
    Free zoo. Enough said.
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GarchikSeptember 7, 2015
    The sea lions
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MartinezAugust 24, 2015
    A lot of animals ❤️ and it is free !
  • Olga G.
    Olga GonzalezAugust 22, 2015
    A must see. Always something new.
  • Courtney S.
    Courtney StonerAugust 21, 2015
    Amazing free zoo! Make sure to visit the cute red pandas!
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    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.
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerAugust 2, 2015
    Best free zoo in the country, and maybe even better than a lot of paid ones
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WhinneryJuly 30, 2015
    Walk right in and meet some animals up close and personal. 🐯 (Layout is a little wonky - we went around in circles looking for giraffes.)
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaJuly 25, 2015
    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.
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LehmanJuly 17, 2015
    a beautiful zoo, free for everyone.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KoskinenJuly 12, 2015
    free admission! also good food quality, and not insanely high prices, wide variety!
  • Terrass M.
    Terrass MisherJuly 7, 2015
    It's free admission, and the Gorillas are the best exhibit
  • Zach F.
    Zach FelsensteinMay 27, 2015
    Don't leave without 'gramming the Jeanne Gang pavilion.
  • Leandro V.
    Leandro VicenteMay 16, 2015
    The house with the giraffe that simulates an African evironment is mandatory!
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KopfMay 9, 2015
    Best Zoo in Chicago!!!
  • Ruben S.
    Ruben SifuentesMay 7, 2015
    This zooming vision machine does not work. Steals your .50.
  • Latham B.
    Latham BrunsonApril 8, 2015
    Lots of good displays and it's all free. I got to watch apes fight!
  • Tigh D.
    Tigh De GazonMarch 16, 2015
    Free and great exhibits
  • Tigh D.
    Tigh De GazonMarch 16, 2015
    Great FREE place to take the kids or yourself 365 days a year
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Free and beautiful. Stroll through it as part of a day at the lakefront.
  • Renee P.
    Renee PrisbleJanuary 2, 2015
    The zoo is free. Come often for short visits.
  • Ari C.
    Ari CaldwellDecember 27, 2014
    I love this zoo! The fact that it's free admission does not make it any less fun and interesting.
  • Tiffany P.
    Tiffany PorterNovember 8, 2014
    Free zoo! Awesome! Beautiful park to wander through and enjoy the exhibits.
  • John K.
    John KiddeNovember 2, 2014
    Free! Also, great view of downtown Chicago.
  • Sarah
    SarahOctober 28, 2014
    The monkeys are absolutely THE most adorable.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittOctober 17, 2014
    Pretty solid, especially for a free zoo.
  • Desiree D.
    Desiree DalmacioSeptember 22, 2014
    Time to see the Monkeys!
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Free admission. It is a wonderful place to visit on weekend mornings for a brisk walk, it is hardly crowded.
  • Valerie
    ValerieSeptember 15, 2014
    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.
  • Jeffrey P.
    Jeffrey PfallerSeptember 12, 2014
    Can't beat free. Perfect zoo to stroll in and out of, whether you have an hour or all day.
  • Avka U.
    Avka UrjineeSeptember 9, 2014
    Love it on Weekdays
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SimonSeptember 8, 2014
    Stay away from the cafeteria. Overpriced and inedible.
  • Derek M.
    Derek MorrinSeptember 4, 2014
    Check out the otters.
  • Derek D.
    Derek DukeySeptember 3, 2014
    Smaller zoo, but it's free and there is a great view of the skyline from the park entrance.
  • Moonlamoo ..
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  • Fernanda M.
    Muy entretenido. Muchos animales y muy buena planeación
  • Roberto M.
    Aunque había mucho mantenimiento, podías visitar a todos los animales aparte la entrada es gratuita y tienes buenas instalaciones, lo malo es que todos los kioskos estaban cerrados.
  • Kirill B.
    Kirill BalakhtinMarch 14, 2016
    Сюда водят школьников на открытые уроки.
  • Juan
    JuanMarch 10, 2016
    Un peu triste en hiver...
  • P Chuy O.
    P Chuy OrtegaDecember 7, 2015
    Free entrace! Un lugar muy especial donde se puede aprovechar el día y compartir en familia.
  • Astrid G.
    Astrid GuerraMarch 11, 2015
    No estaba el León pero el hipopótamo nos encanto!
  • Nasty T.
    Nasty TrumpOctober 7, 2014
    Почти все животные в отпуске... Но вход бесплатный,это радует)
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