Board walk view from Lincoln Park Zoo

Did you know there’s a zoo in Illinois that’s always free? Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is a free attraction that’s open 365 days a year. Not only is it the oldest zoo in the country, dating back to 1868, it’s also one of only a handful of zoos in the U.S. that offers free admission.

The zoo has animals from every climate and is dedicated to conservation and science, with one of the largest kids’ educational programs in the country – Zoo Explorers.

While visiting Lincoln Park Zoo, you can see all different kinds of animals as well as a whole house reserved for birds of prey. For children, there is a petting zoo with fun interactive exhibits dedicated to education.

From May to September, Lincoln Park Zoo is open daily. On weekdays, visit the zoo from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on weekends, visit from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to spend the day with family and friends, you can’t beat Lincoln Park Zoo. Visit to check it out.