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  • 2200 N Cannon Dr

    Chicago, IL 60614

  • Phone: 312-742-2000

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    Apr - May 


    Daily 10am-5pm Jun - Aug 


    Sun-Thu 10am-5pm

    Fri-Sat 10am-6:30pm Sept - Oct 


    Daily 10am-5pm Nov - Mar 


    Daily 10am-4:30pm

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An ape house, a birdhouse and a working model of a five-acre Midwestern farm are just a few examples of what makes this zoo special. Founded in 1868 and known as America's oldest free public zoo, the Lincoln Park Zoo still manages to charge no admission and remains open year-round. Set on scenic park grounds with lush lawns and pleasant walkways, the zoo greets visitors with the beauty of Georgian Revival buildings and a spectacular greenhouse. Prominent zoo residents include elephants, giraffes, sea lions, gorillas, reptiles and an endangered Siberian tiger. The Zoo is open 365 days a year and constantly hosts events and activities.




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Best Because: The free zoo is set within the heart of Chicago and is open 365 days. Visitors can enjoy seeing the animals in award-winning habitats.