2001 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Kids get a kick seeing the old-fashioned red barn at the Farm-in-the-Zoo just across the street from residential highrises. Even more charming are the hands-on activities that allow city kids to play farmer from feeding the dairy cows to petting the goats. Milking demonstrations, live butter churning (harder than you think!), and the opportunity to climb on a John Deere tractor or wander between animal pens entertain all ages, while information on bee colonies and weather engage older kids with scientifically inquiring minds. Be sure to check out our other Lincoln Park vacation ideas.
School-Age Kids: Unafraid to pet the animals, school-agers are the best volunteer candidates for animal feedings or just hanging over the farm fences watching the ponies.
- Keep a tight focus. Farm-in-the-Zoo is run by the Lincoln Park Zoo next door, which requires at least another few hours if you want to see both.
- Call ahead. Milking demonstrations and cow feedings are regularly scheduled twice daily in summer, but vary in the offseason.
Just the Facts
Hours: April–May: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Memorial Day–Labor Day: weekdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m. September–October: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. November–March: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours