Midwest Adventure: Lincoln Park Zoo

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On Saturday, Kyle and I decided to venture down to the Lincoln Park Zoo – Chicago’s Free Zoo.  We had been to this zoo before in the dead of winter for the holiday light show and enjoyed the indoor exhibits.  Since Saturday was a beautiful spring afternoon with a slight chill, we decided to enjoy all the zoo has to offer minus the mid-summer crowds.

The Lincoln Park Zoo has an astonishing abundance of animals such as rhinos, gorillas, polar bears, and lions. The exhibits are large, well-thought out, and offer close up views to visitors. Since it is spring, there were several babies!  We were able to watch a baby rhino prance around and infant gorillas chase their mothers around their enclosure.  It was absolutely splendid!wolf

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After exploring the zoo for hours, we journeyed over to the Lincoln Park Conservatory for some relaxation time amongst ancient ferns and tropical palms.  If you visit the zoo, exploring the conservatory would be an excellent addition to your day.

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Famished, we decided to head over to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba.  I had read amazing reviews about this Lincoln Park restaurant and we were dying to try it.  Upon our arrival, we were told it would be about a 2.5 hour wait for a table.  The hostess must have sensed how sad this news made me and she pointed out a small section of bar that was open for us to dine.

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All I can say about our experience at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is that it was beyond spectacular!  We ate and drank merrily. The sangria was absolutely amazing and the tapas were delicious!  te and drank merrily.  I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who ventures down to the Lincoln Park area — just make sure to make reservations.

 

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