Best Hotel near Lincoln Park Zoo

With luxury accommodations at Hotel Chicago in the River North district, you’re close to many of the Windy City’s top attractions: from the Magnificent Mile to Museum Campus. And that galaxy of nearby attractions also includes one of the nation’s leading zoological parks: the Lincoln Park Zoo, only a few miles north of our Marriott Bonvoy Autograph Collection hotel.

Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo on a Hotel Chicago Stay

The Lincoln Park Zoo, which is free to enter, ranks as one of the very oldest zoos in the U.S., having opened its doors way back in 1868. It’s among the centerpieces of Lincoln Park itself, the largest in Chicago and occupying a long stretch of frontage along Lake Michigan.

At the Lincoln Park Zoo, you can journey all around the world without leaving that Windy City lakefront. Spy dwarf crocodiles, African wild dogs, meerkats, and black rhinos amid the state-of-the-art Regenstein African Journey’s ecological segue, and ponder some of our closest relatives in the Regenstein Center for African Apes. Watch polar bears cavort in the Walter Family Arctic Tundra, and goggle at the feathered menagerie flitting and flapping about the globe-spanning McCormick Bird House.

Feel the chill down the spine that comes with an African lion’s gaze in the Pepper Family Wildlife Center—also host to snow leopards, Canada lynx, and red pandas—and spend some quality time with North American native critters such as American black bears, river otters, and red wolves in the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. And make sure you’re over at the longstanding Kovler Seal Pool at 11 AM or 2 PM for the seal training and feeding session!

There’s much else to see and do at the Lincoln Park Zoo—and eat, given the abundance of eateries and snack bars. Needless to say, this is one of those places that appeals to young and old alike, from the train and carousel rides to the heart of the zoo-going experience: the chance to see a wondrous sampling of Earth’s biodiversity up close and personal.

Hotel Chicago: The Perfect Accommodations for Zoo-Hopping in Chicago

The Lincoln Park Zoo’s the closest to our hotel (and to the center of Chicago), but don’t forget about the suburban Brookfield Zoo as well, widely known for many influential design and captive-breeding innovations over the years.

You can’t beat Hotel Chicago when it comes to luxurious, centrally located accommodations for exploring Chicago’s zoos—and all of the other world-class attractions in the Windy City. Our Marriott Bonvoy Autograph Collection hotel in River North is the perfect home base—book your summer getaway with us today!


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