Lincoln Park Zoo

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Although it's charmingly small, you should still allow yourself two to three hours to wander the paths among landmark Georgian Revival brick buildings and colorful flower gardens.


Fodor's Tick Choice

At this urban enclave near Lake Michigan, you can face off with lions (separated by a window, of course) outside the Kovler Lion House. Full review →


Frommer's 35

One of the city's treasures, this family-friendly attraction is not only open every day of the year, but it's also free. Full review →


Lonely Planet

Check out the Regenstein African Journey, Ape House and dragonfly-dappled Nature Boardwalk for the cream of the crop. Full review →


Michelin Guide 53

This 2ha working farm constructed as part of Lincoln Park Zoo offers city children a chance to commune with rural life Full review →


Not For Tourists

Oldest free zoo in the U.S. Full review →


On the Grid

Lincoln Park zoo, which started with the donation of mute swans from New York City’s Central Park in 1868, has grown to an extensive collection of about 1,100 animals from 200 species Full review →

When you need a break, grab a snow cone and some popcorn in the cafe (located in the middle of the zoo) and be sure to check out the amazing view of the Chicago skyline from the south pond.

Time Out

See some 1,200 animals, from apes to zebras, at the oldest and one of only a few free zoos left in the country. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

With more than 1,250 animals, Lincoln Park Zoo ranks as one of the finest in the country. Full review →



This 49-acre free zoo in the heart of the city is one of the nation’s oldest, with more than 1,200 animals throughout the grounds and in animal houses Full review →

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