Lincoln Park Zoo

In 1868, two pairs of swans were gifted to the city of Chicago by New York City’s Central Park, marking the start of North America’s 4th oldest zoo. As animals arrived, park planners insisted the zoo must always remain free- and they kept their word. The Lincoln Park Zoo has been free since 1878.

You’ll find major animal exhibits with tigers, lions, bears, gorillas, and reptiles in a 35-acre park with Chicago’s stunning skyline in the background.