Lincoln Park & Zoo Tours

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Chicago’s largest park and a leisure destination for locals and visitors alike, Lincoln Park abuts its namesake neighborhood. This massive green space serves as a welcome escape from the urban hustle and bustle, whether it be for a short picnic lunch break or a day spent lounging and exploring.
 
The Basics
Lincoln Park’s 1,200 acres (485 hectares) stretch for six miles (10 kilometers), from North Avenue north to Diversey Parkway, where it narrows along Lake Michigan and continues until the end of Lake Shore Drive. Most of the park’s pleasures are natural, though one of its highlights is sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Standing Lincoln, which shows the 16th president deep in contemplation, located in a garden east of the Chicago History Museum. From a little dock in front of pretty Café Brauer, a 1908 Prairie School architectural creation, you can rent two-person paddleboats and cruise the South Pond. Other notable attractions include the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, and North Avenue Beach. Guided tours take place mostly on foot or bike—both natural ways to explore the park’s trails and paths while listening to in-depth history and interesting facts from a guide.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Admission to the park is free; admission to each attraction within the park varies.
  • Although dining options in the park itself are limited, simply wander into the Lincoln Park neighborhood to find restaurants and bars galore.
  • Most of Lincoln Park and the zoo are accessible to wheelchair users. There are accessible parking places along Cannon Drive.
 
How to Get There
Lincoln Park is easily accessible by buses and El trains. Parking is limited on the residential streets of the populous Lincoln Park neighborhood, so public transportation is your best option.
 
When to Get There
The Windy City’s various seasons bring out different activities in the park. Stroll down the miles of walking paths to see the leaves turning in the fall; bundle up to watch local kids sledding on winter snow days; rent a bike to pedal through the blooming gardens in the spring; or bring a blanket and some sunscreen to sunbathe in the summer.
 
Lincoln Park Zoo
One of the park’s main highlights is the free Lincoln Park Zoo, which is open every day (though hours vary; check the website). Exhibits include the Regenstein African Journey, where you can get surprisingly close to animals who swim, hop, and crawl in natural environments. Enter via the Gateway Pavilion and snag a map, which shows times and locations for animal feedings, training demonstrations, and free zookeeper talks about various animals.
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Address: 2200 N Cannon Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60614, USA
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Private Al Capone Gangster Tour in Chicago

Chicago’s mob history has long been immortalized in popular media. Embark on this Chicago Gangster Tour to learn the true story. With an expert historian as your guide, you’ll visit notorious hangouts of John Dillinger, The Untouchables, and the legendary Al Capone. You’ll stop at former speakeasies, historic hotels, and epic crime sites like that of the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Chicago Lincoln Park Bike Adventure

Experience Chicago like never before on this guided, 3-hour bicycle tour. Ride the walking- and cycling-only Chicago Lakefront Trail to and through the city’s beautiful beaches, parks and lagoons. See the coast of Lake Michigan and the breathtaking Chicago skyline, plus bustling Navy Pier, popular North Avenue Beach, the 35-acre Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory and much more. The use of a bike and helmet is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Chicago Crime and Mob Tour

Explore Chicago's gangster past on this 1.5-hour mafia tour in a coach vehicle. Drive around the Windy City to see where Al Capone, The Untouchables, Hymie Weiss, and John Dillinger, among other thugs hung out. A history-savvy guide introduces you to some of the most storied locations of Chicago’s criminal past, including Holy Name Cathedral, Biography Theatre, and the site of the bloody St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. You'll be able to get out and pose for pictures in front of a historic courthouse, among other infamous sites.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago Helicopter Tour

On a daytime helicopter tour over Chicago, enjoy views of the city's famed architecture and other sights from the air. You'll fly over Willis Tower (the old Sears Tower), Wrigley Field, Lincoln Park, and more while a pilot provides commentary about the city as you go.
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Chicago Holiday Lights Trolley and Christmas Market Tour

Celebrate the holidays in style during this 90-minute excursion, featuring a trolley tour of Christmas lights at some of Chicago's most famous sights, followed by a shopping trip to the German-themed Christkindlmarket. See Lincoln Park, Daley Plaza and Michigan Avenue adorned with lights for the holiday season. Then find something for the important people on your list at the Christkindlmarket, a German-tinged Christmas offering unique gifts and fun-filled activities for the whole family.
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Chicago Explorer Pass

This is the easiest and most affordable way to explore some of Chicago's top attractions at your own pace. The Chicago Explorer Pass, valid for 30 days after first use, provides admission to your choice of three, four or five attractions, tours or activities that will save you up to 42 percent on regular ticket prices. Create your own sightseeing itinerary by choosing from among over 25 top sites and things to do, including Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier and and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

Explore Chicago's iconic landmarks on this 2-hour sightseeing tour led by an expert guide. Board a comfortable, large-windowed minibus with a small group of twelve people or less. This ensures an intimate touring experience as you enjoy downtown and some North side neighborhoods. You will have a chance to get out and visit several locations such as the 1888 skyscraper called The Rookery, with its Frank Lloyd Wright designed lobby and the unparalleled skyline views from Museum Campus. Listen as your guide talks about the historical and cultural factors that make Chicago unique. The city tour ends at Millennium Park, home of the famous Cloud Gate sculpture, commonly referred to as "the bean."  Opt to upgrade your tour with a popular 75-minute open-top boat tour on the Chicago River that focuses on the city's renowned architecture. Pick-ups from most downtown Chicago hotels are included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Chicago Grand Half-Day Tour

Get the perfect introduction to the wealth of sights in the Windy City during this 4-hour Chicago day tour. Discover the many landmarks spanning both the city's North Side and South Side, enjoying a scenic ride along Lake Michigan on Chicago's Outer Drive along the way. You'll also have the chance to admire the city's Washington and Grant Parks, explore inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory, see Adler Planetarium and visit the iconic Wrigley Building. This Chicago in a half day tour also includes transport between all sites and tour narration.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Chicago Pizza Tour

Enjoy Chicago’s only bus guided neighborhood pizza tour.  Eat like a local as you travel off the beaten path into Chicago neighborhoods to savor the best pizza.  Your local guide will teach you the science behind ingredient selection and baking as you sample slices from historic pizzerias.  In just a few hours, you’ll leave stuffed, and with an understanding of why pizza is such an important part of Chicago’s culture.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Bacon and Brewing Beer Tour in Lakeview and Lincoln Park

Sip your way through Lakeview and Lincoln Park’s best beers on a 3-hour walking tour of these iconic Chicago neighborhoods. Follow your guide to a series of bars and breweries for flights of regional craft brews, and raise a glass as you learn how Chicago’s immigrant cultures created a proud brewing tradition. Experience the bar scene like a local, try a classic Midwestern pairing at a beer-and-bacon bar, and see what’s on draft in the Windy City.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Chicago Film Tour

Take a film-lover's exploration of the Windy City during this 2-hour Chicago movie tour. Whether you're a movie die-hard or just looking for a unique way to explore Chicago, this tour offers a 30 mile (48km) trip by air-conditioned coach past the locations where movies such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Dark Knight and Transformers 3 were filmed. In addition to seeing the filming locations, you'll also have a chance to visit iconic Chicago neighborhoods including Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, the Gold Coast and Old Town among others. This Chicago film tour also includes a guide.
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Chicago North Side Tour

Explore the North Side of Chicago on this guided sightseeing tour by coach. During this 2-hour tour, experience the bustle of the Loop, the central business district and one of the financial centers of the country. Visit State Street, an important thoroughfare in Chicago's history and the Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue. Learn about the history and culture of the city from your local guide; upgrade your tour to include a Chicago River cruise.
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Chicago Lakefront Neighborhoods Bicycle Tour

Pedal past the lakefront neighborhoods of Chicago's North Side on this 3-hour bike tour of the Windy City. Follow a local guide along quiet streets, city parks and scenic beaches, starting at Lake Shore Drive and continuing along Rush Street and the Magnificent Mile. Catch a glimpse of the Playboy Mansion, Oprah’s penthouse and the Victorian houses of Old Town. Select from several departure times in the morning or afternoon.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Go Chicago Card with Skip the Line Access

Enjoy admission to more than 26 of Chicago's most popular attractions with the Go Chicago™ Card. Create your own itinerary and sightsee at your own pace after printing your own pass at home; don't waste time redeeming vouchers. This card offers something for all members of the family, from thrilling rides at Navy Pier to undersea learning at the Shedd Aquarium. Take a hop-on hop-off trolley tour or admire the stunning views from SkyDeck Chicago. The Go Chicago™ Card is available in 1-, 2-, 3- or 5-day options.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Guided Tour of Chicago by Deluxe Mini-Coach for up to 12 guests

See Chicago your way on this private guided tour. Up to 12 passengers can take part in this tour that features the parts of Chicago that you are most interested in. Your driver will take you to select points of interest, while your guide fills you in on the history and insider information of the sights--all at your speed, according to your preferences.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Tike Hike: Chicago Family Bike Tour

Cruise through Chicago on this family-friendly bicycle tour catered to kids. Perfect for kids age 10 and under, this tour mixes fun games and contests in with educational stops at some of Chicago's iconic sights. Parents can ride along with their children on cruiser-style bikes during this safe, enjoyable 2-hour tour that covers an easy 4.5 miles (7 km).
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Guided SUV Tour for up to 4 Guests

Experience Chicago with a private guide and seperate driver in a luxury SUV. The tour is fully customizable with different itineraries to suit your tastes and interests. Visit Wrigley Field, peruse Fulton Market, and bring your camera for famous skyline views. Then get of the beaten path and venture into local neighborhoods. This tour is ideal for visitors who value privacy and who are looking for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Best of Chicago Tour Including a Deep-Dish Pizza

Tour Chicago's sights aboard a luxury coach and enjoy some Chicago-style deep-dish pizza on this 5.5-hour guided tour. Visit sites like the Hancock Tower, the Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Loop. Pass through neighborhoods such as Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park and Gold Coast. Top off your tour with a visit to one of Chicago's most popular pizza restaurants to sample the famous Chicago-style deep dish pizza.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Walking Tour of Lincoln Park in Chicago

Step off the tourists’ path to visit Lincoln Park, a neighborhood beloved by Chicagoans for its stately homes, historic zoo, and stunning green areas. Your tour begins at the charming Children’s Fountain and continues to unexpected sites like the shrine of the first American saint. As your local guide leads you through the city’s largest park, you’ll marvel at the wild feel of this neighborhood just north of downtown Chicago.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Chicago City Sights Helicopter Tour

Soar above the incredible skyline of Chicago during this 15-minute helicopter flight above the Windy City. Climb aboard your high-tech helicopter for a ride like no other, admiring views of Lake Michigan plus iconic city sights like Millennium Park, Lincoln Park, Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium and the Willis Tower. Along the way you'll hear informative details about the various landmarks from your pilot, who will provide commentary during the flight. Tour route is subject to change.
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Chicago by Night Helicopter Tour

Fly over the sparkling Chicago skyline at night on this helicopter tour. During this 15-minute tour, listen to engaging commentary from your expert pilot as you fly over sights like the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and the Shedd Aquarium. Comfortable in a state-of-the-art, heated helicopter, enjoy panoramic views of the Lake Michigan shoreline and the city sprawling out below you. Tour route is subject to change.
  • Duration: 15 minutes
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Private Chicago City Sights Helicopter Tour

You and a guest will soar above Chicago’s skyscapers, shoreline and iconic sights on a private, 15-minute helicopter tour of the city. Communicate with your personal pilot through a two-way headset, and personalize your flight to your interests. Capture extraordinary aerial images of the city scape as you fly past Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan, then spot Willis Tower, the John Hancock Building and the gleaming Trump Tower. Bank high above Millennium Park and enjoy views of the Windy City from the comfort of a climate-controlled private helicopter. Tour route is subject to change.
  • Duration: 15 minutes
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