Lincoln Park is a beautiful Chicago treasure, running along the Ohio Street Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan. The park has miles of trails, several sports fields, areas for picnics, and is home to the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory.
The Lincoln Park Conservatory is a botanical garden that houses plants from all around the globe including several species of exotic palms, ferns, and orchids, as well as more common breeds like lilies and hydrangeas.
The collection is housed inside an Victorian style glass structure, constructed in the 1870s, and is considered one of the oldest public gardens in Chicago. The conservatory consists of four separate rooms, each filled with unique collections of paths, benches, and fountains.
The Lincoln Park Zoo is also worth of visit for anyone traveling through the area. The zoo is free to the public, making it a common attraction for families, tourists, and even joggers.
The zoo is housed on 35 acres and contains roughly 200 species including large mammals like rhinos, zebras, lions, tigers, and gorillas, as well as several smaller mammals, birds, reptiles, and even insects.
The zoo was founded in the late 1800s and is one of the oldest zoos in the United States accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
So, the next time you’re in Chicago, swing by the Lincoln Park area and check out the amazing scenery 🙂