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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.
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 →
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 →
Check out the Regenstein African Journey, Ape House and dragonfly-dappled Nature Boardwalk for the cream of the crop. Full review →
This accessible zoo replicates animal environments and presents activities designed to encourage the animals' natural behaviors. Full review →A special stop is the Regenstein Center for African Apes.
Oldest free zoo in the U.S. Full review →
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.
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 →
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. The 14-acre Nature Boardwalk... Full review →