Lincoln Park is not your average city park. Sure, it has trees, ponds, and large grassy spaces, but from its humble beginnings as a small public cemetery it has grown to over 1,200 acres and has a number of fun activities besides playing frisbee. I'm going to take you on a day trip to Lincoln Park, and show you what Lincoln Park has to offer to jam pack a day full of excitement and fun.
Today we're going to see a world class zoo, a gorgeous sandy beach, a beautiful and tranquil conservatory, and an ever interesting nature museum. Won't you join me?
First we have to decide how to get to Lincoln Park, and our first stop, the zoo. There are several options from downtown:
By bus -- take the #151 Sheridan Northbound to the Webster stop. The main gate to the zoo is directly across the street. Fare per person is $1.75.
By cab -- the zoo is a short cab ride from most of downtown. Expect to pay approximately $10-12 each way. If you want to sound like a native, tell the cabbie you want to go to the main zoo entrance at Stockton and Webster.
By car -- take Lake Shore Drive north to the Fullerton exit. Go west (away from the lake) on Fullerton, and you'll see the entrance to zoo parking on your left a short half-block down. Parking isn't cheap -- leaving your car for the entire day will run $30 (as of June 2010).
By foot -- it may look like a manageable walk on the map, but we're going to be doing a lot of walking, so do yourself a favor and take one of the suggestions above!
OK, now that we're here, let's get started!