Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

On a gray and rainy day at the end of January, Austin and I visited the Lincoln Park Zoo in Downtown Chicago.

We both love zoos and this one had free admission so we figured there was nothing to lose and it was time to go.  The Lincoln Park Zoo covers 35-acres and is located on Clark Street in Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of he oldest zoos in the country.

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

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Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

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Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

The Brookfield Zoo is another zoo in Chicago and, unlike the Lincoln Park Zoo, they charge admission. Austin and I have spent a day there as well, but we both agreed that we liked the Lincoln Park Zoo better.

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Even one this rare, warm day in January in Chicago, the zoo wasn’t crowded, and Austin and I had such a marvelous time meandering about. It was a bit damp, but there were plenty of indoor areas for staying dry. They have a vast myriad of animals and a carousel. Not only were the animals a joy to watch, but there architecture and botanicals were lovely to walk around looking at as well. The only less-than-ideal part of the adventure was finding parking, but, after about fifteen minutes, we found a perfect spot that wasn’t too far from the entrance.

If you’re in Chicago and looking for a wonderful (and free!) way to spend an afternoon, I highly recommend paying the Lincoln Park Zoo a visit.

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  • Love the Lincoln Park zoo! Went to college in Chicago and the zoo was always a favorite destination 🙂

  • Looks like a fun place! I haven’t been into the zoo (just driven by it), but it definitely seems like a fun activity when you need a little escape from the big city!

  • Awesome pictures! We go to the DC Zoo in the spring with our kids. Also, I’ve always wanted one of those backpacks! How do you like it?

    • I absolutely adore it! My Kanken is big enough to hold everything I need while still being light enough and not too huge to serve as a simple daypack. I never liked backpacks that had too many pockets and this has the most simple design. Fjallraven is a pretty fantastic company too. Feel free to let me know if you have any specific questions. I’m happy to spread Kanken-love. 😉

  • Love that the Lincoln Park Zoo is free! What a wonderful spot for locals to enjoy in the city!

  • I love animals, and one day want to work as a wildlife veterinarian, so this is right up my alley! Looks like you had an amazing time, and you have me really wanting to go find this free zoo! Ha~
    The only free zoo I’ve been to was the D.C. one, and that was years ago. Other than that I’ve been to Pittsburgh Zoo multiple times, but am looking to widen my horizons.
    Beautiful pictures as well (:

  • I really wanted to go there last time we were in Chicago but didn’t make it! Looks awesome. Oh well, someday!

  • I really wanted to go there last time we were in Chicago but didn’t make it! Looks awesome. Oh well, maybe someday!

  • My husband spends tons of time there now and I will have to add this to our list when I visit him.

  • What a fun zoo! I love seeing different zoos – it’s always the first thing I do when I move to a new place or travel.

  • Emily

    How fun!

  • Your photos are lovely! I’m originally from Wisconsin and, this sounds crazy but, I miss those grey warm Winter days! Those brief moments of “I can go outside and not freeze!” days. We’ll be back in the Midwest in 1-1/2 years and I’m sure I’ll wonder why I missed the grey skies then … 🙂

  • I’m seriously obsessed with the zoo. It has been something that I have done every year since I was little. So when we travel places, I always make it a point to try and check out the local zoo. This one looks amazing, and BONUS…it awesome view! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • I love the zoo! This zoo looks amazing, and it looks like you two had a great time 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

  • This looks like a super fun place to visit!!

  • I LOVE the Zoo! This one in particular looked like loads of fun! If you’re ever in the UK, you should defo try London Zoo – it’s amazing!

    Lottie xx

  • We love Lincoln Park Zoo – what a fun place!

  • How awesome! We went to the San Diego Zoo just the other day. It was so much fun. I loved seeing all the animals. Must make it to Chicago again soon.

  • I love going to the zoo and dreary days are the best days to do it because there are less crowds!

  • I love the zoo, but I have never been to that one. I have been meaning to make a trip to Chicago so I will put that on the to do list! Double points because it’s free! I don’t think I have been to a zoo that was free!

  • My husband and I love to visit the LPK Zoo. We would go regularly when we lived in Illinois. It’s a great place just to walk through!

  • I love visiting the zoo and that one looks so nice with the architecture and enclosures!! It looks like you had an amazing time and I definitely want to visit at some point!

  • I haven’t been to that zoo but now I want to check it out!

  • Looks like a lot of fun. I lived in San Diego most of my life, and we went to the zoo all of the time (it is HUGE), but since I moved to Western Washington (about an hour from Seattle) in 2008 I have yet to go to any of the local zoos 🙁

  • I’ve never been to Chicago, but I love zoos! I always feel bad though for the animals in the winter, since most of them aren’t equipped for the cold. We get snow here, too and it makes me feel bad for the giraffes and elephants. HA!

  • Tamara

    Adding this to my list of places I want to check out if and when I ever go to Chicago.