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Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo Lincoln Park Zoo Photo by Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar

The city of Chicago is one of the many wonderful cities of the state of Illinois. This is also the place where one of the most famous zoological conservatories in the world can be found.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is a zoological conservatory that is home to as many as 80 different species of animals. It is the biggest park that can be found in the city. The zoo houses different animal categories such as birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and others and lets its visitors see the different behaviors of these animals when in their natural habitat.

The zoo was built during the year 1868 and it was also the very first zoo in the country that can be accessed by the public freely. Its physical look is designed to have a pleasing and welcoming appearance that gives each of its visitors a warm and light feeling. Most of its areas are covered in flower gardens and trees that give the atmosphere a refreshing feeling. Aside from the different floras that can be seen in the place, the park also displays setting designs of mixed modern architectural ideas with the natural environment of the park.

Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park ZooThe Lincoln Park Zoo has a total land area of 1,208 acres and stretches for 11 kilometers and is located along the Chicago lake front. It also has its own conservatory that cultures different plants that come from different parts of the world and live in different environments. Aside from its main zoological display, the park is also home to different recreational facilities such as baseball areas, softball fields, basketball fields, soccer fields, volleyball courts tennis courts, driving range, golf course and an archery field. With the different activities that can be done in the park, it is widely visited even by non-locals of Chicago. Aside from land recreational activities, the park also has boating facilities as well as beaches.

Many of the animals that are displayed in the zoo are from foreign continents such as Australia and Africa. Some of the animals that are seen here aren’t even familiar with most of the park’s visitors.

One of the most visited parts of the zoo is the Regenstein Center for African Apes. The exquisite display of the behaviors of the different species of apes drives the curiosity of most of the visitors, thus attracting a lot of spectators every single day. Aside from the apes, there are also other animals that are popularly visited by park visitors such as the mammal display that shows camels, lions, rhinoceros, giraffe and different kinds of bears.

Birds at Lincoln Park ZooThe zoo also displays over 70 species of different amphibians and reptiles. There are also different kinds of birds from different parts of the world that can be seen in the McCormick Bird House. Different aquatic displays can also be seen in the park near the entrance where segregated ponds for penguins, fishes and seals are found. The park also has a children zoo where kids can pet some animals and even have the chance to feed them just like professional zoo animal handlers.

The idea to showcase the different flora and fauna that are found in most parts of the world and put them in one place where people can do some recreational activities and enjoy themselves is a great way to infuse learning in a fun and enjoyable way.


November–March 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (gates open 7 am – 5 pm)
April–May 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (gates open 7 am – 6 pm)
September–October 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (gates open 7 am –6 pm)
Memorial Day–Labor Day (May 26–Sept 3)
    • Weekdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (gates open 7 am– 6 pm)
    • Weekends 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (gates open 7 am –7 pm)
Address/Map:    2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 742-2000
Website: Lincoln Park Zoo
Admission: Free - More information about parking rates