The free zoo – which opened in 1868 – is one of Chicago’s most popular attractions, filled with families strolling by gorillas, lions, zebras, and other exotic creatures. Top exhibits include the Regenstein African Journey, which puts you close to pygmy hippos, dwarf crocodiles, and hissing cockroaches. The Ape House pleases with its swingin’ gorillas and chimps. And Farm-in-the-Zoo offers frequent demonstrations of cow milking, horse grooming, and other barnyard chores.
Pick up a free map at the main entrance (on Cannon Dr on the zoo’s east side), and check out the posted schedule for the day’s feedings, training demonstrations, and zookeeper talks.