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Lincoln Park Zoo

This 49-acre zoo in the heart of the city is one of the nation’s oldest, with more than 1,200 animals. 

For Wildlife. For All.

Since 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo has grown side by side with the City of Chicago—from swans to science and from trading post to metropolis. Now, the zoo touches so many lives in so many different ways:  visitors learn about diverse species from around the planet, animals receive enrichment that inspires natural behaviors, and scientists protect ecosystems from Chicago to the Republic of Congo. As the zoo evolved, it became one of the most popular cultural destinations in Illinois and the only privately managed, free zoo in the country.


  • Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove connects visitors to endangered African penguins in this immersive outdoor exhibit.
  • Walter Family Arctic Tundra inspires visitors to contribute to the conservation of polar bears.
  • A lush Midwestern prairie ecosystem, this natural oasis provides unique opportunities for visitors to engage and connect with the natural world.
  • Explore the fascinating world of birds and experience free flight at McCormick Bird House.
  • At Kovler Seal Pool, guests can watch daily positive reinforcement training sessions that encourage the seals to participate in their own care.
  • Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond and Waterfowl Lagoon: This area is a reminder of the zoo’s long history of providing free access to the wonders of wildlife to the Chicagoland area.
  • Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo: This space marries expert animal care and interactive learning elements to teach visitors about North American wildlife.
  • Primates come in all shapes and sizes and can be found all over the world. Helen Brach Primate House showcases their incredible diversity.
  • Regenstein Center for African Apes, one of the most innovative great ape habitats in the country, is home to our closest-living relatives.
  • Regenstein Birds of Prey is where guests will find some of the most intriguing and powerful birds in the world.
  • Regenstein African Journey takes visitors on an expedition to the lush jungles, lakes, and dry savannas of Africa.
  • Farm-in-the-Zoo incorporates domestic farm animals and play-based learning stations to create a welcome space for exploring the natural world.
  • Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House features approximately 200 small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds in naturalistic habitats.
  • Regenstein Macaque Forest is a state-of-the-art home for Japanese snow monkeys, the most northern-living non-human primates on Earth.
  • Camel & Zebra houses rare and endangered species, many with incredible adaptations for survival in extreme climates.

Visitor Information

Lincoln Park Zoo is coming out of hibernation! Reopening weekend is March 5-7. Reservations are required. Hours vary by season.

The Lincoln Park Zoo's Visitor Center | WhereTraveler
Lincoln Park Zoo Visitor Center (©Kendall McCaughterty, Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
Polar Bear swimming at the Lincoln Park Zoo | WhereTraveler
Polar Bear swimming at Lincoln Park Zoo (©Cmadler/Wikimedia Commons)
Gorilla at the Lincoln Park Zoo | WhereTraveler
Gorilla at Lincoln Park Zoo (©Paul J Everett/flickr)
Siberian Tiger Lincoln Park Zoo | WhereTraveler
Siberian Tiger at Lincoln Park Zoo (©Mobilus In Mobili/flickr)



2001 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
United States