Lincoln Park and Brookfield Zoos, Chicago

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    The Regenstein Center for African Apes

    by bryINpoland Updated Sep 9, 2005

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    Jo Jo

    Located at he Linocln Park Zoo, this wing of he zoo is a must see. Personally, if i had to visit one thing at the Zoo it would be this attraction.

    The state of the art ceter was opened in July of 2004, and has over 29,000 sq ft. of living space. It is the only one like it in the country, and probably the world. It cost 26 million dollars to construct, and in my book was worth every penny.

    You are brought face to face with the Giant Gorillas like never before. The most amazing thing for me was observing the dominate silverback named Jo Jo. i couldnt take my eyes off him, and was breath taken when he came and sat right up to the glass of the exhibit. To be that close to an animal that would rip me apart in the wild was unforgetable.

    Also neat was the termite mound, that is filled with sweets that the gorillas can only reach by threading a stick through the small holes throughout the mound. This is a natural instinct practiced in the wild, and can now be seen here like never before.

    I have never spent this much time before in one section of a zoo. its a must see while in chicago.

    For more info, visit the following link to the Lincoln Park Zoo

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    More fun than a barrel of monkeys

    by jmhenry1123 Updated Jul 29, 2005

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    One of the last remaining free zoos in the country, the Lincoln Park Zoo is a definite must see for those travelling with children or any animal aficionado.

    Recently the zoo reopened the Renovated Regenstein Ape House and a baby gorilla was just born in September of '04 and another baby gorilla in July of '05. The Lion habitat is always entertaining and the seals and sea lions provide great hijinx for the zoo visitors.

    The zoo is open year round and in the winter they have their zoo lights program which I really recommend. Not many people have the opportunity to see how the animals behave after dark. Those lazy lions are actually up an about!

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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    by TRimer Updated Jun 22, 2005

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    Visit the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo!

    As the brochure says, the Lincoln Park Zoo is everyone's zoo. And although it is among the oldest zoological gardens in the country (established in 1868), it also is among the most modern- a leader in wildlife conservation, community education and recreation.

    My favorite areas include the penguins, the lion house where there always seems to be a new baby and the sea lions (you can view from above and below).

    Recently added the Regenstein African Journey which features large, lush habitats for wild dogs, meerkats, aardvarks, giraffes, rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, warthogs, ostriches, and many other amazing African animals. Designed to provide an unparalleled immersion experience, this new section makes visitors feel as if they, too, are part of the remarkable African landscape.

    Be sure to check out the "Zoo Lights" during the holiday season and "Jammin' at the Zoo" in the summer.

    The Lincoln Park Zoo is open 365 days a year. The zoo is free every day. Most buildings are open from 10am to 5pm.

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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    The Lincoln Park Zoo is a popular attraction in Chicago, mostly because it is free. The zoo is smaller in size then what you'd find in most large cities, but no one seems to complain about that. It has an interesting collection of animals too. In addition to lions, tigers and bears (black and polar bears, that is), you'll find penguins, monkeys, camels and giraffes. You'll also find the African journey, which allows you to get up close and personal with the animals. At least, that's how it described. This part was closed when I made an early morning visit while, unfortunately, many of the animals were apparently sleeping. There are also a couple of kids' oriented activities such as the petting zoo and the typical souvenier shops and fast food eateries.

    The zoo is a fun place to make a brief visit, especially if you combine it with Lincoln Park and a visit to the Lakeshore. There are several entrances into the zoo from Lincoln Park and its easy to find one once you get here.

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    A Nice Day Trip

    by KiKitC Updated May 8, 2005

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    Attention!

    Wow! Did you know there were such things as "free zoos"? We had a wonderful day at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Admission is free for patrons, but $12 for your car. Yeah. You get in free, but pay to park. Unless you are lucky enough to be able to park our on the road, near one of the many parks.

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    Lincoln Park Zoo Rocks!

    by bryINpoland Written Feb 26, 2005

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    The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the last free Zoos in America. Did u say free? That's right, NO CHARGE FOR ADDMISSION!

    The zoo is located in Lincoln Park, and was established in 1868. Every year over 3 million visitors will pass through the zoo.

    Lincoln Park Zoo is not even close to being one of the biggest of Zoo's in America, but it is one of the best, never the less.

    From the state of the art Regenstein African Apes Center, to the up close and personal Kelver Lion House, and a stroll through the Regenstein African journey. You are brought face to face with animals from every corner of the world.

    General Zoo Hours
    Grounds 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Buildings and Farm 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    For all the Zoo has to offer, visit the following link to the Zoo's offical website Lincoln Park Zoo

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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    by meteorologist1 Written Nov 14, 2004

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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    Lincoln Park Zoo is located in Chicago's Lincoln Park. The zoo is not very big, but the admission to the zoo is free! There are some really wonderful exhibits that are worth seeing. They will really take your mind away from the urban setting of Chicago and into an African safari for example. The interesting thing is that you can see a lion and the Chicago skyscrapers in one field of view. Parking does cost money; it's $12 per vehicle.

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    First Class Entertainment for FREE!

    by dansc0tt Written Aug 7, 2004

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    Flipper he ain't

    Ok, so the USA is great! PLenty to do all the time - just show me the money. However, Lincoln Park Zoo 'bucks' the trend (sorry about the pun). Yes its free and its great! There is Camels, Tigers even a brand new Monkey / Ape enclosure thingy. And when you are a little tired of walking around (or avoiding kids with dangerously dripping ice creams just ready to mark your new shoes) then you can go lie in the grassy area outside the zoo and soak up both the atmosphere & the sun!

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    One of the few remaining free zoos

    by melissa_bel Written Jun 15, 2004
    A Siberian Tiger at Lincoln Park Zoo

    Chicago has 2 zoos. The big one, Brookfield Zoo, in the suburbs and the urban Lincoln Park Zoo located in one of Chicago's green lung and affluent neighbourhood: Lincoln Park. The best part: it's free! Created in 1868, it's one of the oldest in the country and is undergoing a lot of changes. After building a moreadequate habitat for African animals, it is rebuilding its Ape center and, according to one of the zoo-keeper I met, they will have new guests. It will open this July. Amongst the sights to see: the new Regenstein African journey, the Primate house, the bird house and my personnal favourite, the Lion House, hosting big cats such as lion, rare Siberian Tigers, an even rarer Afghanistan leopard etc.
    A great family exursion.

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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    by shellybelly567 Written May 10, 2004

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    Lunch Time

    The Lincoln Park Zoo was founded in 1868 and is one of the country's oldest zoos. Not only does it have the distinction as historical, but it's also the largest free zoo in the company. Yes I said free. Isn't that cool? And just because it's free doesn't make it one of those cheesey Llama and Pony petting zoos. It's got everything you would expect from a world-class zoo: Lions, Tigers, Bears, Chimps, ROUSes, Zebras and lots of other cool stuff. Unfortunately, the Chimps and Gorillas were gone when I was there because they are making a whole new large primate habitat, but it looked really cool, so it will definitely be worth checking out when they finish it later this year.

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    For children big and small

    by pedersdottir Written Feb 27, 2004

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    Lagoon at Lincoln Park Zoo

    After extensive renovations the Lincoln Park Zoo is better than ever. Tots will enjoy the farm animals at the petting zoo. Paddle boaters will enjoy views of downtown from the lagoon.

    Summertime is great for picnicking, but it's not the only time to visit.
    In December the zoo is transformed into a kingdom of twinkling lights which makes for a lovely stroll.

    Admission is free and the zoo is open daily.

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    Linclon Park Zoo, Navy Pier,...

    by SilverMoon58 Written Aug 26, 2002

    Linclon Park Zoo, Navy Pier, the MUSEUMS!! The Art is great! Also the food, Chicago is known for their food. Must see the Sears Tower, John Hancock and the festivals are fantastic. Soon I will be going to see Venitian night! There is too many things to name. Go to the City of Chicago webpage and take a look around!

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    Lincoln Park Zoo - Even though...

    by FrenchieRona Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Lincoln Park Zoo - Even though visiting caged animals is pretty depressing..this is still one of the best zoos I've ever seen. The exhibits are really interesting and close to the natural habitat of many of the animals. Most impressive is the house with the tropical and dry rainforest where you can find many small primates and koalas. They have a very large collection of gorillas including babies and this was the highlight of my trip there.
    The zoo is free and a great way to spend about 3 hours. To get to the zoo from Union Station, take the number 151 Sheridan Road Bus going North. It stops right in front of the zoo. Bus fare is $1.50 one way.

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    Chicago has an excellent zoo....

    by Kodi01 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Chicago has an excellent zoo. Brookfield zoo.

    There is also the Art Institute of Chicago, it is one of the world's premier galleries.

    Another great place is the Field Museum of Natural History with dinosaurs and stuffed animals.

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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    by londonlover Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I'm not especially into zoos, but if you're on the north side of Chicago, this is a nice area for a stroll. More especially, you can rent a paddleboat on this lake and have a great view of the Chicago skyline!

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