Lions, Tigers, and Bears, OH MY!
When I found out I was visiting Chicago, Illinois on a three-day work trip I did my usual sightseeing research. I made a list of places I would like to see and the proximity of their location to my hotel. The Lincoln Park Zoo ended up pretty far down the “popular sightseeing spots” but for me it ended up being the first place I went to. The weather was overcast and rainy but the website had said the zoo would be open rain or shine, so I donned my newly purchased rain jacket to brave the elements.
Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo
As a seasoned traveler, I sometimes have high expectations when visiting places. My experience at the Lincoln Park Zoo was one of the better attractions of its kind I have been to. If you are visiting Chicago I highly recommend going here or even planning a backyard adventure here if you are lucky enough to call Chicago home. They are always gaining new exhibits and the best part is that the admission was free. Yes you read that correctly, the admission was FREE. As a traveler I am always on a budget so this price tag put me in a great mood. The zoo itself is huge considering it is located in the downtown area of a major city. It took me a full 3 hours to completely explore all of the exhibits. I was able to meander along from one area to another on a casual stroll with my camera and take it all in.
Visit the “Serengeti Desert”
My favourite area was the Regenstein African Journey. Showcased here were the monkeys, hippopotamuses, rhinos, monkeys and giraffes. It was an authentic experience as I was able to be so close to them; it was almost like being beside them (despite the cages and glass). Another major attraction was the Regenstein Center for African Apes. The humid environment was a nice building to take a break in to warm up from the October rain. The chimpanzees and gorillas were very entertaining as they swung from branch to branch and were a major draw for all of the families with young children.
The Helen Brach Primate House was where the tigers and lions were located, but I didn’t spend too much time in here as I felt bad for the large beasts as they paced back and forth; They were cooped up indoors due to the rain. On my wanderings, I passed the Zebra area where I was able to snap a very intimate moment between a mother and child Zebra.
Sight Seeing At It’s Best
Before you leave the zoo, make sure you explore the entire area so you can get the secret shot of the Chicago skyline with a marshy backdrop. I unfortunately couldn’t get a clear shot due to the weather so you’ll have to share yours with me when you go!
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