Travel Tip: A Beautiful Place To See When You Are In Chicago!

Lincoln Park Zoo is a must see destination in Chicago for a number of reasons. One time you must visit this place in Chicago is when the Zoo. Lights are on. You can only view the lights during the holiday season so you will need to plan carefully your trip to visit this place in Chicago.

The fantastic light displays are switched on from November 27th, then every Friday and Sunday until 13th December. Lights will be on from 4.30 pm to 9 pm including nightly from Monday 14th December to January 3rd (except December 24th and 25th December).


Tips to enjoy the lights:

  1. Use public transport as the parking lots fill up quickly
  2. Visit the zoo during the day and stay late to enjoy the light displays
  3. Visit during the week as the weekends are usually busier
  4. Take your family on family nights or enjoy a special adults only night with your partner, friends or colleagues.

Lincoln Park Zoo is a pretty unusual destination in that the zoo is admission FREE so there is no charge to get in and enjoy the wonderful array of animals. On a visit to the zoo you can expect to see a huge variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. From Aardvarks to Zebras you are sure to find your favourite creature in amongst the extensive exhibits of over 1,200 animals in just 35 acres.


The animals are on display in special exhibits and themed animal houses with the grounds open from 7am and the buildings from 10am. The Bird House, the Farm-in-a-zoo, the Nature Boardwalk and the Primate House are just a few of the many areas to visit. If you like to be super organised before your visit download the visitor guide PDF) from the zoo website ( with a map, zoo highlights and a comprehensive list of buildings and attractions to help make planning your visit easier.

Definitely consider using public transport for your visit to the zoo as parking in the lots costs between $20 and $35 for stays 30 minutes to 4.5 hours+ and street parking can often be congested especially on the weekends.

Remember that Lincoln Park Zoo is open 365 days a year and is always FREE!

So if you want to hear a Lion roar, see Gorillas climb trees, the prehistoric looking crocodiles and many more animals, put Lincoln Park Zoo on your must see list when you are in Chicago.

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