2. Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo

Chicago has two zoos – Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo. Both zoos have a vast array of animals and exhibits, but the Brookfield Zoo is a bit bigger. Some families prefer to visit the Lincoln Park Zoo since it offers free entry, but there are some exhibits in the zoo, such as the Splash Pad, that you will have to pay to see. Keep in mind you will need to pay parking fees at either zoo if you opt to drive. You should plan for a full day at either zoo, but eateries and refreshment stands make it easy to grab a meal or snack while you explore.

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