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Visiting Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

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Lincoln Park Zoo is a spacious and magnanimous 35-acre zoo situated in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1868, the zoo is amongst the oldest ones in North America and the last admission-free zoo in the US. The Lincoln Park Zoo is an accredited member of America’s Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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Explore Chicago’s Exquisite Lincoln Park Zoo

Explore Chicago’s Exquisite Lincoln Park Zoo

1. African Penguine

1. African Penguine

African penguins are one of the smallest penguin species, standing nearly 18 inches and weigh around 7 pounds approximately. Males are somewhat larger with than females and have heavier bills. Similar to all penguin species, African Penguine are a marine diving bird featuring flipper-like, strong wings, solid and heavy bones, overlapping features, and dense webbed feet (black in this case). African penguins are a characteristic example of banded species featuring a white, horseshoe-shaped band of feathers across the sides of their chin and head along with a black band over their chest. As such, Juveniles have attractive gray-blue feathers that tend to darken to black over a period of 3 to 4 years.

2. Arctic Polar Bears

2. Arctic Polar Bears

This expansive exhibition zoo is tactically developed for Arctic polar bears, a rare carnivorous species which is widely considered to be threatened in the wild because of human impacts, including climate changes, which quickly melts sea ice. The adaptation of polar bears to the Arctic environment results in their dependency on sea ice for their survival, therefore creating the need for their conservation.

3. Farm in the Zoo

3. Farm in the Zoo

The Farm-in-the-Zoo provides Chicago children a great opportunity to connect to nature and discover a touch of country within the city. Visitors also get an opportunity to participate in a wide range of seasonal gardening demonstrations, chickens and ponies, see cows, greet the goats in the yard and have fun in open play stations alongside the Main Barn. The Main Barn is overwhelmed with play stations designed for specifically for young learners and toddlers. A theater and kid-sized chicken coop provides young visitors an opportunity to stretch their imaginations. A vegetable harvest and sensory stations promote a wide range of hands-on activities. In a similar manner, newly hatched chicks inspire a vital first connections with the nature. The Dairy Barn is home to cows and goats, where visitors can practice the milking process. Amidst the Livestock arena, you can see pony grooming demonstrations that deliver an up-close view at caring for the farm animals.

4. Regenstein Center for African Apes

4. Regenstein Center for African Apes

The ultramodern Regenstein Center for African Apes is simply one-of-a-kind and second to none in the country, and perhaps the world. It provides 29,000 square feet of indoors, living space, and more. Exotic bamboo stands at the center are exquisite, real and simulated. In addition, dozens of trees along with 5,000 feet of spectacular artificial vines for you to climbing. Termite mounds are also there for chimpanzee 'fishing'. Other spectacular attractions at the Regenstein Center for African Apes include sunshine, fresh air, heated logs, a moat, and a waterfall.

5. Diana Monkey

5. Diana Monkey

Born on April 29, baby Diana monkey is another spectacular highlight at Regenstein African Journey. The infant’s gender is yet to be known and it can be seen hanging around its mother, 20-year-old Cece. Its family includes Hops, 22-year-old father, and another female offspring, Bailey.

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Ticket are not required to visit and move around the spectacular Lincoln Park Zoo, which is the last admission-free zoo in US. Tickets to various nearby attractions where entry is charged can be purchased from their respective main entrances.

How To Get Around?

You can walk around the Lincoln Park Zoo comfortably to explore everything within its breathtaking premises, including all the animals, exhibits, polar bear zone, fine dine areas, and a lot more.

What Should I Wear?

Choose to dress up in style and feel free to wear anything such as jeans, denims, skirt, shorts, gowns, trousers, and more. While visiting Lincoln Park Zoo. Avoid high heels as you might have to walk a lot around Lincoln Park Zoo to explore all of its spectacular exhibits.

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago Facts

Best Time to Visit

Lincoln Park Zoo is open all year round, save for select days such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the New Year’s Day. Therefore, you can comfortably explore the action-packed adventures, exhibits, animals, and more, at any time as long as you are comfortable with the prevailing weather conditions.


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Will I Need a Guide?

You do not need a guide to reach or explore the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Moving around is comfortable, guided tours are available on demand, and all the required information is available on this website.

How To Get There?

For overseas visitors, Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the nearest touch point, from where you can hire a bus, taxi, or cab to reach Lincoln Park Zoo. Comfortable accommodations are available around the airport and you may ask the hotel staff to arrange a roundtrip for you to the Lincoln Park Zoo. For those coming from nearby regions, private cabs, Uber, or taxis are the most preferred options.

Additional Info?

Do not leave your little ones unattended for too long to ensure their maximum safety. Make sure you carry enough water with you while travelling around the zoo.

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