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Lincoln Park Zoo

Just off the beaten path of the Lakefront pathway, you will find Chicago runners zigzagging along the many winding trails through the Lincoln Park Zoo and surrounding park areas. Lincoln Park is a wonderful natural habitat tucked into the heart of a booming metropolis. The zoo is free and open to the public year-round so it creates a unique opportunity to see some interesting wildlife on your run. The zoo is home to many species including lions, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, monkeys and even farm animals. You’d better make this an easy run because you’re likely to be distracted. This route loops through the zoo, around the baseball fields, the Conservatory, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, and the North Pond Nature Sanctuary. Those who have run the Chicago Marathon will remember the Lincoln Park section of the race as they run down Stockton Drive. Once you’ve navigated the crowds at the zoo, relax a bit as you cruise around the Lily Pool and the North Pond. These hidden gardens are a quiet oasis for city dwellers featuring native midwestern prairie plants and a peaceful waterfall. During the summer, you may even spot a turtle or heron in the pond.

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  • 3.8 mi Distance
  • 115 ft Elevation
  • Road Run Type

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