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Lincoln Park Zoo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Chicago: Windy City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

1. Chicago: Windy City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the meeting point then set off on an unforgettable walking tour through Northside Chicago. Travel back in time as you visit some of the city’s most haunted locations in the mysterious Lincoln Park neighborhood. Learn about the forgotten burial ground that forms the foundation of this bustling district. Check out the bathroom mirrors at Lincoln Park Zoo, home to the ghost of a Victorian woman in white. And, hear about the spirit that haunted Al Capone in his final days.  Throughout the tour, you’ll listen to the strange and disturbing tales of each location. On the standard tour, visit eight historic sites, or opt for the extended tour which includes 12 ghoulish locations. By the end of the tour you’ll have learned about and experienced firsthand the alternative side of Chicago.

Chicago Lakefront Bike Tour of Lincoln Park

2. Chicago Lakefront Bike Tour of Lincoln Park

The parks, skyline and lakefront of the Windy City are beautiful from any point of view. But they come alive when you can feel the wind in your hair. Bicycling along the Lakefront Trail and past beaches, lagoons and city landmarks is exhilarating, even at a casual pace. And our informative, entertaining tour guides make sure you have a good time. The route we follow starts at Millennium Park and includes the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, the Navy pier, Notebaert Nature Museum and North Avenue Beach. It is an easy 8-mile ride that takes about 3 hours. Our tour is designed for maximum enjoyment, not speed, so it makes a great outdoor activity for friends, families, couples or anyone who wants to see popular Chicago sights up close and personal.

Chicago: Full-Day or Half-Day Bike Rental

3. Chicago: Full-Day or Half-Day Bike Rental

Chicago proudly ranks as the country’s best city for cycling because of its flat terrain, miles of bike trails, and interconnected neighborhoods, parks, and attractions. Your bike rental starts in the heart of Chicago’s 20-mile Lakefront Bike Trail, near Navy Pier. Choose between a full-day bike rental or a 4-hour bike rental to explore Chicago at your own pace. You’ll receive a helmet, a bike lock, and a detailed map to help you easily navigate your way around the city. Enjoy biking to a variety of attractions and create your own sightseeing itinerary to fit in with your family's interests. Start cycling along the shores of Lake Michigan for gorgeous views of Navy Pier, featuring family-friendly attractions, entertainment, shopping and dining. Continue to Millennium Park, a lively gathering spot that's home to Cloud Gate. Stop here to take a photo of yourself reflected in the mirror of this famous bean-shaped sculpture. Further south, you’ll find Grant Park, whose Buckingham Fountain stands tall as one of the largest fountains in the world. Just South of there lies Museum Campus, a 57-acre park on Lake Michigan that’s home to the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History, as well as the Soldier Field football stadium. Alternatively head north to Lincoln Park, a large lakeside community and park home to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Entrance is free, so you can hop off your bike to explore some amazing animal exhibits. Of course, you can’t miss Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs play.

Chicago: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

4. Chicago: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

Discover Chicago’s famous haunted locations while playing the role of a lost soul wandering among the spirits of the city. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? Head to the Chicago History Museum, where the game will start. It will take you between 1 to 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so feel free to explore, and finish it at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish the game at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

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What people are saying about Lincoln Park Zoo

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 461 reviews

What can I say! Awesome experience. We had a great tour guide she was knowledgeable about all of Chicago and connects the ghosts' stories very well. Sometimes it feels like the ghost would come out of the buildings. We highly recommend it.

My 12 year old son and I had great time on this tour! Tammy was super knowledgeable about the area and the history. It was like walking around the area with a group of friends! Totally recommend this tour!!

Good location to pick up the bike, very close the the lake trail. No deposit taken which was good. Bike was in excellent condition and really good map provided. The staff handing out the bikes were great.

Tammie was an excellent guide, engaging and full of interesting stories. Other people on the tour squealed with delight as she told them tales of ghosts. Also some great history thrown in!!

Really helpful and friendly staff, plenty of route options. Great way to see more of the city. Recommend gloves and lip balm!