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5 Fun Things to Do at Lincoln Park Zoo

Open Daily

Free Admission

Open every day of the year and free to the public, Lincoln Park Zoo is Chicago’s most-visited destination featuring animals from around the globe, beautiful gardens and fun programs and events for kids and adults. The top five reasons for a trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo include:

Year-Round Family Fun

One of Chicago’s top family destinations the Lincoln Park Zoo has interactive animal exhibits for kids, eateries for all day visits and fun family events like Sleep Under the Skyscrapers, Parent & Toddler Yoga family-friendly Zoo Safari Tours.

Adult Adventure

Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo isn’t just for the kids. Adults can get upclose with monkeys and apes, take a beer and wine break, take gardening classes and enjoy adult-only extravaganzas, like the Zoo Safari Tours: All About Primates.

Dining at the Zoo

Take a break in your visit and enjoy savory delights like burgers, tacos, sandwiches and pasta at Park Place Café. Located beside the Café, The Patio features waterside tables, breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and delicious cuisine, including kid’s meals, fresh salads, flatbread pizzas and cocktails, beer or wine. For a natural dining experience, enjoy beautiful surroundings and organic food at Café at Wild Things.


Browse the aisles of Wild Things! and you’ll find great gifts for children and adults, including apparel, animal-themed jewelry, educational books and toys and handcrafted items. With purchases made at the gift shop, donations are made to support the mission of the Lincoln Zoo to fund education and conservation initiatives.

Zoo Attractions

The most popular attraction at the zoo is the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel with 48 hand-carved and painted wooden animals that represent the collection of species at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Tickets for the ride are $2.75 per rider. 

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