Chicago >Lincoln Park Zoo
“The location is great - close to everything.”
“It is a great place to spend a weekday afternoon with friends or family.”
“The fact that it's free is the huge plus.”
The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the last remaining free zoos in the country and it is something to take advantage of as often as possible.
Lincoln Park Zoo stretches the "museum" description, but is a must-visit part of the Chicago culture. Visit animals from around the world, see beautiful gardens, and learn about nature at this member of the Green Museum Initiative movement. Lincoln Park Zoo is particularly concerned about the environment and how the world is taken care of.
Updated, comfortable, cozy. Compared to the other zoo in the Chicagoland area, (Brookfield) the Lincoln Park Zoo is much smaller. In places it also seems older and quaint, but thanks to some newly renovated and updated facilities I really enjoyed my recent visits to the LP Zoo. The ape exhibits provide close-up access to the animals in a clean and bright space. The monkey house as well lets you observe the animals very well. Underwater viewing of the polar bears is always interesting. Some of the buildings, like the big cats house, are noticeably smaller than one might hope. But overall the animals seem well cared for despite the obvious lack of space that plagues the entire zoo. Best of all it's free to get in (as I remember). Parking is expensive, however. Also- I recommend stopping by some evening around the holidays when they have the lights up.
Editorial Review. Levy Restaurants offshoot delivers sustainable, organic eats to the throngs at this Lincoln Park Zoo snack stand.
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