Explore The Lincoln Park Zoo

penguin at the zoo

If you want to spend the day at an attraction that’s fun, free, and close to home, look no further than the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Established in 1868, it is one of the oldest zoos in the United States.

Open 365 days a year, 1,200 animals from around the world call its naturalistic habitats home. Highlights include:

Regenstein Center for African Apes

The Regenstein Center’s African apes enjoy showing off for visitors by climbing on vines, sunbathing, and hunting for a snack in the termite mounds. It cost twenty-six million dollars to build, making it the most expensive exhibit ever constructed at the zoo.

Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove

Home to African penguins, this is one of the zoo’s newest exhibits and it’s modeled after the rocky shoreline and beaches along southern Africa’s temperate coasts. The split level design means visitors never miss a minute of these charming animals as they swim, dive, and waddle along the water’s edge.

Walter Family Arctic Tundra

Specifically designed for Arctic polar bears, this expansive exhibit can support a breeding pair and their cubs. It features cool pools, rolling terrain, and ice caves that allow the animals to follow their natural instincts.

Kovler Lion House

Dating back to 1912, the Kovler Lion House is a landmark that proudly stands at the heart of the zoo. Its wide hall and vaulted ceiling amplify the roars of the Amur tigers, African lions, jaguars, and snow leopards.

If you would like to call Oak Park Place Apartments home, please contact us to schedule a tour where you can see our amenities firsthand.

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