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The Chicago area is fortunate to have one of the finest U.S. zoos in suburban Brookfield, IL. Brookfield Zoo opened in 1934 and has always been at the forefront of innovation in creating natural animal habitats and minimizing caging. The Zoo made international headlines when it hosted giant pandas from China, a first for the U.S. In addition to the 450 species of animals, the Zoo features unique exhibits and events.

On a smaller scale, the Lincoln Park Zoo is unique in that it is located just north of downtown Chicago, within sight of the city’s skyscrapers, and admission is free everyday. Set amongst the landscape of Lincoln Park, it’s a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

There are several additional suburban locations offering animal interaction opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Lambs Farm to the north, Cosley Zoo, Phillips Park Zoo and Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo to the west, and the Children’s Farm at the Center to the south all smaller facilities with focus on farm animals and native wildlife, offering up close interaction for kids.
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Guide to Chicago Zoos

Name Neighborhood Address/City/State/Zip Phone

Brookfield Zoo


3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL


Brookfield Zoo is home to approximately 450 species of animals on over 200 acres. You can visit the Great Bear Wilderness, Big Cats, Australia House, Tropic World, the Children's Zoo and so much more. There are dolphin shows and a guided Motor Safari tour, as well as plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or shop for a souvenir.

Cosley Zoo


1356 N. Gary Avenue, Wheaton, IL


Located about 30 miles west of the Chicago Loop, the 5-acre Cosley Zoo offers an intimate experience with a large variety of domestic farm animals and native Illinois wildlife. Additionally, they have a concession stand, picnic area and gift shop. The zoo is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Lambs Farm


14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville, IL


Lambs Farm is a premier non-profit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities. Your visit will help support this worthwhile facility. They have a Visitors Center, Farmyard, miniature golf, old world carousel, a miniature train, pet shop, thrift shop, country store and cafe.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park

2001 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL


Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Free and open every day of the year, Lincoln Park Zoo has something for everyone. Meet animals from around the world and relax among Chicago’s most-visited gardens. Grab a bite to eat and do a little shopping at Wild Things gift shop. There is also a carousel and children's train ride.

Phillips Park Zoo


1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora, IL


Established in 1915, the Phillips Park Zoo houses 41 species, including llamas, gray wolves, owls, goats, turkeys, peacocks and more. Phillips Park also features an 18-hole golf course, the Sunken Garden, and recreational activities. The zoo is located about 40 miles from the Chicago Loop; admission is free.

Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo


1180 N. Randall Road, West Dundee, IL


The Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo, located about 40 miles northwest of the Chicago Loop, offers a variety of kid-friendly farm animals for viewing, petting and feeding. Animals include alpacas, goats, sheep, pigs, ducks, peacocks and more. The Zoo is closed in the Winter.

Santa's Village Azoosment Park


601 Dundee Avenue, East Dundee, IL


Santa's Village is a family amusement park geared to the under-10 crowd, with rides, petting zoo, pony rides, arcades, entertainment and, of course, Santa.

The Children's Farm at The Center


12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, IL


The Children's Farm at The Center, located southwest of Chicago, is a family destination where kids can visit farm animals, ride a pony, take a hayride and, in the Fall, visit the pumpkin patch. Farm tours are offered as well.

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