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Lincoln Park Zoo free

2200 North Cannon Drive | Chicago, IL 60614 | Official website
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  • Type: Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 U.S. News Travel (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Referred to by many as one of Chicago's most beloved treasures, the Lincoln Park Zoo (named for its location in the leafy Lincoln Park neighborhood) is home to dozens of species ranging from lions to cockroaches. Visitors can view the zoo's furry (or scaly) friends in their natural habitats: Check out the gorillas in the sprawling Regenstein Center for African Apes, or head to the Kovler Penguin and Seabird House to get up close and personal with puffins and razorbills. Travelers are especially fond of the zoo's resident polar bear, Anana. If you're traveling with youngsters, head over to the Farm-in-the-Zoo, where the little ones can meet some barnyard favorites. Or check out the Conservation Station, which features hands-on demonstrations about the animals found in the zoo.

Some previous visitors note that you won't need much time to explore this relatively small facility. Some travelers do say that the enclosures looked a little drab, but parking here seemed to be the biggest concern. Travelers note that if you plan to leave your car in the zoo lot, you'll have to contend with steep fees ($20 for the first 30 minutes to two hours and $35 for 5 hours or more) and limited availablility. Meanwhile, the closest "L" train stop is Armitage, serviced by the Brown and Purple lines and located about a mile west of the zoo. But your best bet would be to take the bus: Route Nos. 22, 36, 151 and 156 from the Loop all stop in front of the zoo entrance.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is open every day of the year from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; it stays open until 6:30 p.m. on summer weekends (between Memorial Day and Labor Day) and closes at 4:30 p.m. during the winter months (November through March). Admission to the zoo is free. For more information, visit the Lincoln Park Zoo's website.

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