Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is fun for the whole family. Ideally located just steps from Chicago's lakefront and other exciting attractions, it is among the oldest zoological gardens in the country (established in 1868) and is also among the most modern. Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes more than three million visitors each year, providing them with remarkable educational experiences as well as lots and lots of fun. Its intimate setting enables young and old to experience the thrill of gazing directly into the eyes of a lowland gorilla and standing toe to toe with grazing giraffes. Famous also for its historical structures, the zoo has succeeded at combining state-of-the-art animal and visitor facilities with beautiful architectural reflections of past times and sensibilities.
As Lincoln Park continues to evolve into one of the finest zoos worldwide, the one element that will not change is its admission policy: Lincoln Park Zoo stands as one of the last free major cultural institutions in the United States and the only one left in Chicago. The Zoo is open 365 days a year.
In addition to observing all of the wonderful animals, Lincoln Park Zoo features its SBC Endangered Species Carousel ride, paddle boat and swan boat rides, the LPZOO Express train ride, the 4-D Virtual Safari simulator and a Safari Audio Tour. Note that there is a small fee for each of these specialty attractions. The Zoo also offers a variety of dining options and two gift shops.
Top Events: Popular with tourists and locals, events such as Jammin' at the Zoo and ZooLights make a trip to the zoo extra special.
Inside Knowledge: Although admission is free at the Lincoln Park Chicago Zoo, parking is very pricey starting at $17 after 30 minutes. Walking, taking a bus or taxi may be a more cost effective choice.
Location2001 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
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10:00am–4:30pm (gates open 7:00am–5:00pm
10:00am-5:00pm (gates open 7:00am–6:00pm)
Memorial Day–Labor Day
M-F: 10:00am–5:00pm (gates open 7:00am–6:00pm)
S-S: 10:00am–6:30pm (gates open 7:00am–7:00pm)
10:00am–5:00pm (gates open 7:00am–6:00pm)