Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is a beautiful Windy City destination that is often overlooked by residents and tourists alike. Located in the famous Lincoln Park neighborhood, the zoo features 35 sprawling acres and more than 80 different animal species in a park-like setting. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing place to walk, enjoy animals or simply congregate with friends, Lincoln Park Zoo is a must-see.
Located just steps away from Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive, the zoo has a rich history. Its first animal purchase was made in 1874 – a bear cub for just $10. Unfortunately, the bear pit wasn’t built until several years later, so the bear would often escape from its cage and wander the zoo at night!
Lincoln Park Zoo is also a very affordable attraction…it’s free! (It’s actually one of the last free zoos in the country, so consider leaving a few dollars behind in the donation box.) Food items and souvenirs are priced reasonably as well.
While you’re in the area, consider what else Lincoln Park has to offer. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is on the northern edge on the zoo, adjacent to a large grassy mall where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Hancock building. The area is perfect for a friendly game of Frisbee, sunbathing, family or graduation photos and picnics.
What do you like to do and see at the Lincoln Park Zoo? What’s your favorite memory from time spent at the park?