The Lincoln Park Zoo, located in Chicago’s well known Lincoln Park is America's oldest free public zoo and is an absolute must-visit for those visiting the Windy City. The zoo is the park’s most popular attraction and is visited by thousands of tourists and locals every day. Lincoln Park Zoo consists of incredibly lifelike natural environments where a variety of animals are free to live, roam and thrive. Visitors will come across thousands of animals including monkeys, bears, sea lions, gorillas, elephants, big cats like lions, zebra, a variety of colorful birds, reptiles and more. Said to be one of the top family destinations in Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo has something for both, young and old. The Regenstein African Journey offers adventurous visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with numerous animals; like apes, while the Midwestern farm is great for kids interested in barnyard animals. There are also numerous other activities designed specifically for adults, at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
November to March: 10:00am - 4:30pm April to May: 10:00am - 5pm September to October: 10am - 5pm Memorial Day to Labor Day (May 24–September 1) Weekdays 10:00am- 5 pm Weekends 10:00am - 6:30pm
Around 3 hours or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
Regenstein African Journey, Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo and Regenstein Center for African Apes
The Lincoln Park Zoo is not known to house prayer facilities for Muslim visitors. Muslims visiting the zoo can either find a quiet, clean place inside Lincoln Park to offer their prayers, or they can visit one of the many mosques in the city of Chicago. Because of the sizeable population of Muslims residing in the city, there are quite a few mosques and Islamic Centers. Masjid-Al-Faatir, Masjid Al-Noor, Masjid Al-Ansar, Al-Madina Islamic Center and Masjid Rahmat are just a few of the many mosques in Chicago.
The Lincoln Park Zoo offers a variety of dining options. The Patio at Café Brauer, Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café, Park Place Café and Café at Wild Things are all located within the zoo and all offer food items to suit every taste and budget. These establishments may not be Halal certified but they are sure to serve vegetarian and seafood options for Muslim visitors. The city of Chicago also has plenty of Halal restaurants. Muslims looking for Halal food in particular can ask the locals to direct them to the closest Halal restaurant in the area.