Check out the FREE Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago

Lions, tigers, and bears, not to mention klipspringers and pygmy hippos, boast one of the city’s best residential addresses, at the Lincoln Park Zoo in the heart of lakeside Lincoln Park. They may be a high-maintenance wild bunch, but admission is always free.     Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who come to hear a lion’s roar echo off nearby apartment buildings, see gorillas climb trees as the Sears Tower looms in the distance, or forget where they are as they immerse themselves in tropical rainforests, dry-thorn forests or spacious savannas.


Come check out the wildest spot in Chicago, where each year millions of visitors marvel at wild wonders as they play and learn about the natural world in a living, breathing, roaring classroom.


Ditto for the zoo’s adjacent Farm-in-the-Zoo attraction. A working replica of a Midwestern farm, it has domesticated animals, John Deere tractors (kids can climb on the thing), and a classic red-and-white barn. 2200 N. Cannon Drive, 312/742-2000.



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