All PPM buildings are walking distance or a short journey to many of Chicago’s great museums and the Lincoln Park Zoo. In addition to the zoo there is the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Chicago History Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago, a walk, bike ride or a short ride on the CTA away from your home. I am going to write about the Lincoln Park Zoo in this post.
The Lincoln Park Zoo is just off of Fullerton Parkway and Lake Shore Drive. It is open every day and admission is free. It officially was created in 1868 with the gift of a pair of swans from New York City’s Central Park. It grew from there. Today the zoo includes:
· Regenstein African Journey
· McCormick Bird House
· Regenstein Birds of Prey Exhibit
· Regenstein Macaque Forest
· Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo
· Kovler Sea Lion Pool
· Kovler Lion House
· Helen Brach Primate House
· Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House
· Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond
· Waterfowl Lagoon
· Regenstein Center for African Apes
· Antelope & Zebra Area
· Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
· Polar Bear and Penguin Habitats
· Wild Things Gift Shop
· Various Food Courts and Kiosks
· Lionel Train Adventure and the Endangered Species Carousel
While the animals are the main attraction at The Lincoln Park Zoo, there are an array of activities and events that cater to families, children, and adults. You can host an event at the zoo or in the adjoining Café Brauer, volunteer, send your child to camp, or take a class. Purchase a membership and be included in member-only events and get certain discounts. You do not have to be a member of the zoo to enjoy all zoo events. Presently, there is a sculpture show throughout the zoo. On Wednesdays you can stretch out by joining Yoga at the zoo with classes for adults and parents and toddlers. There is United's Run for the Zoo, the Brew to Be Wild craft beer fest, Wine and Wildlife wine tasting while learning about what the zoo veterinarians do, Adults Night Out, Camping at the Zoo family events, concerts and various other evening and family events. The most popular event is Zoo Lights during the Christmas holiday season. A complete list of events can be found online at http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar.
Adjacent to the zoo is the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Designed both to showcase exotic plants and grow the thousands of plants needed for use in the parks, the Conservatory offers visitors a tropical experience within its four display houses: Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House and Show House. Want to feel the heat and humidity during the cold of winter? Step inside the conservatory and get a taste of summer. The building began in 1890 and was completed in 1895. It is locate in the northwest corner of the zoo property and it is easy to combine a visit with your zoo adventure.
The Lincoln Park Zoo is an amazing place to spend the day, walk through on your way to the beach, include in your morning run, or attend an event. If you have not been there in a while, plan a visit soon.