Lincoln Park and Brookfield Zoos, Chicago

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    Wild animals in the city

    by PetraG Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    First off: there is not entrance fee charched to the zoo, so you can just walk through on your tour through Chicago!

    Lincoln Park Zoo is among the oldest zoological gardens in the country (established in 1868) and is also among the most modern. A premier Chicago attraction, Lincoln Park Zoo each year welcomes more than three million visitors, providing them with remarkable educational experiences as well as fun and enjoyment. Its intimate setting enables guests, young and old alike, 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.

    Grounds 9 a.m. ? 6 p.m.
    Buildings and Farm 10 a.m. ? 5 p.m.
    *Grounds and Buildings will close at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 8.

    Summer Weekends:
    Memorial Day?Labor Day ? (Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays)
    Grounds open until 7 p.m.
    Buildings and Farm open until 6:30 p.m.

    Winter:
    Nov. 1 ? March 31
    Grounds close at 5 p.m.
    Buildings close at 4:30 p.m.

    Chicago from Lincoln Park Zoo Zoo restaurant Polarbear-watching Lions in Lincoln Park Zoo

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    First Class Entertainment for FREE!

    by dansc0tt Written Aug 7, 2004

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    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!

    Flipper he ain't
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    Animals

    by Mairo21 Written Dec 25, 2007

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    I cannot stress to you how much I LOVE animals. Usually, whilst away on a trip, I will seek out a zoo or something comparable to it just to be in the company of animals. Lincoln Park Zoo provides an educational, fun, family oriented atmosphere. With a great central location and free admission. I visited in the fall, so most animals were off exhibit. Pros:No crowds Cons: Animals were in hibernation mode.

    Hot Rocks disguised, yet keep animals warm. Fountains such as these dispersed throughout.

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    The Regenstein Center for African Apes

    by bryINpoland Updated Sep 9, 2005

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    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

    Jo Jo
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  • Urban Jungle

    by eBob1969 Written Feb 2, 2008

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    The Lincoln Park Zoo is unique in that it is located in an urban area. While walking around, just look above the trees and you will see the skyscrapers of downtown and the high-rise apartment buildings (many old and historic) of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The zoo is an excellent value (it's free) and a great diversion for everyone. I go a few times each summer.

    A few tips:

    1. Consider taking the #22 or #36 bus from downtown rather than the #151 (which seems to be recommended to most tourists). You will have to walk an extra block when you get to Lincoln Park, but the bus will get there faster (since it won't be stopping at every block on Michigan Ave.) and is almost always less crowded. Get off at either Lincoln Ave. or Wisconsin St.

    2. Instead of having lunch at the zoo, consider walking a block or two west. There are several good eateries in the neighborhood that offer a far better value for your dollar than the zoo. RJ Grunts is a favorite of mine.

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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 - 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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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    by rbarliant Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The last free zoo in the country! It's a lot of fun when the weather is nice. There are other attractions around Lincoln Park, including a pond with paddle boats, and the park itself. The lake is to the east of the zoo, and to the west of a fun neighborhood for shopping and restaurants.

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  • Lincoln Park Zoo,An Oldie,But A Goodie

    by margatemensch Written Apr 21, 2014

    Recently,I returned to this delightful free zoo on a brisk April Fools Day.Since I lived in Chicago for many years,it has always been a source of joy.This zoo has gotten better with age.This zoo has more comfortable facilities for the animals.The highlights that day were its apes(gorillas,chimpanzees),monkeys(gibbons,lemurs),and birds from tropical countries.

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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    by evilprebil Updated Jun 20, 2010

    Maybe the best part of this zoo is that its free, but it's a really great zoo regardless of that. It has all the big exotics: Lions, tigers, polar bears, zebras etc. Open daily 10-5pm for all the exhibits, slightly longer on the grounds and in Summer.

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    Exploring Lincoln Park

    by apbeaches Written Jul 7, 2008

    We went to Lincoln Park in search of 1920's Gangster History.

    Yes, Al Capone's murder site is now a nursing home.

    We found the Biograph Theatre and wandering around alleys and parking lots where the St. Valentine's Massacre" occurred". There wasn't a plac, but a sign on a boarded up building that filming was taking place at this location. Locals shared that Johnny Depp is filming a gangsta movie here.

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    Places to take kids

    by bee_tc2006 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    There are 2 good places to take kids. The other place is the Lincoln Park Zoo

    We didn't get to go there either,but we picked up pamphlets on the zoo and was
    told by local people that it's a nice place.

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    One of the few remaining free zoos

    by melissa_bel Written Jun 15, 2004

    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.

    A Siberian Tiger at Lincoln Park Zoo

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