Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

This is one of Chicago's most delightful locations to visit during any season. It is open year round, every single day, and admission is always free. For Chicago locals, this is "the zoo." It’s part of a city kid's childhood. If you grew up in Chicago, chances are you have memories of picnicking on the zoo lawns, playing by its lagoons and touring its many animal exhibits. One trip here and your family will want to make the zoo a surefire weekend stop for years to come.

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Lincoln Park Zoo


Specialty: Public Zoo, Children's Zoo
Neighborhood:  Lincoln Park
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (gates open 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.)

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (gates open 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.)

Memorial Day–Labor Day (May 26–September 3)
Weekdays 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (gates open 7:00–6:00 p.m.)
Weekends 10:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m. (gates open 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.)

10 a.m.–5 p.m. (gates open 7 a.m.–6 p.m.)
Admission: Free to the Public
Rates: October 1–March 31

0–30 minutes—No charge
30 minutes or more—$20 flat rate

Rates: April 1–September 30

0–30 minutes—No charge
30 minutes–3 hours—$20
3–4 hours—$24
4–5 hours—$30
5 hours or more—$35
ADA: Yes

General Info

Plan to spend the day and enjoy all the zoo has to offer. Don’t miss the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo, with all of the outdoor and indoor interactive activities. The jungle gym will keep brothers, sisters and maybe even mom and dad busy. There’s the Kovler Sea Lion pool, where you can be at eye-level with those fascinating and fast moving creatures. The Kovler Lion House boasts an intercontinental cat line-up. The Flamingo Habitat, the Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond, the Helen Brach Primate House, the Antelope and Zebra Area and the Regenstein Birds of Prey Exhibit also delight. 

This is a traditional and lasting family activity that is very affordable. It's absolutely free to walk through all of the exhibits. Additional activities are available for a minimal charge: Safari Audio Tour - $4.00, a simulated African Safari Ride - $5.00, a ride on the Endangered Species Carousel - $2.00, a Paddle Boat Ride - $12.00. Everybody will have a great day at the Lincoln Park Zoo.