Monkey around in Lincoln Park Zoo and get to know the animals calling Chicago home. Open year round and with free admission, anytime is perfect for quick trips or lengthy visits. Rich in history the doors first opened in 1868 introducing generations and generations to the world’s animal kingdom.
Hundreds of creatures thrive on the grounds. From the tiniest to the very large all the species are held in high regard. Mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians are all represented.
Conservation and education go hand in hand and the Lincoln Park Zoo strives to enlighten visitors to the plight of wildlife around the globe. Sponsored projects include Conserving the Black-Footed Ferret, Modeling Red Wolf Recovery and the Ngorongoro Lion Conservation Project. Find out more here. Residents from Chicago homes can also support their favorite species by participating in the adopt an animal programs. Beautiful beasts to choose from include meerkats, giraffes, lions, chimpanzees, parrots and more.
Simple steps make the most of visits. Prepare ahead by downloading a copy of the Lincoln Park Zoo Map. Check the schedule to attend daily activities. Learn even more about the animals by attending training and feeding sessions. Check the new arrivals page to find the latest editions to the zoo.
Delve in deeper with animal encounters. Gatherings in the Regenstein Small Mammal Reptile House introduce folks to a variety of its inhabitants. Farm animals wait to make new friends in the Farm-in-the-Zoo. Demonstrations include milking, feeding and care. Nearby and a seasonal experience, the Malott Family Penguin Encounter takes groups behind the scenes. In the penguin habitat, participants get to know the quirky birds. Penguins waddle about charming one and all with their cuteness.
Located minutes away from downtown Chicago real estate the park is great for getting away from the hustle and bustle of busy life. Grab the family and head on down for some memorable times.
Visits to the Chicago Botanic Garden are known to turn thumbs green. Residents of North Shore real estate enjoy the botanical beauty of almost 400 acres. Natural areas blend with formal gardens and are spread alongside islands and miles of lake shoreline. Folks love to meander around the pathways all year round. Workshops and classes educate and inspire while special events add a bit of specialness to the grounds.
Wind around the boardwalk to get glimpses of water lilies and lotus flowers in the Aquatic Garden. Secret gardens are found on the boundaries of the Circle Garden creating feelings of intrigue. There’s always time to thoroughly enjoy the fragrance in the Rose Garden. The Native Plant Garden is a great resource for folks living in North Shore homes. Three separate spaces here are divided into a woodland garden, habitat garden and prairie garden. Traditions reign in the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden. Watch kids learn in the Children Growing Garden. Little ones can dig in and get dirty during workshops and classes.
Walking the garden paths are a favorite pastime for homeowners living in the North Shore real estate region. Free maps detail themed strolls including fitness walks, harvest hikes and zen walks. Self guided walks focus on specifics such as organics and photography.
Special events create quite a stir. The yearly Orchid Show draws a crowd. Beautiful blooms are offered for sale and gardeners can bring their own plants for repotting. Illinois Orchid Society lectures give insight into care of these popular plants. Extended hours keep the garden open for Summer Nights. Musical performances take place Mondays through Thursday evenings. Boundless bouts of creepy creativity are showcased during Night of 1,000 Jack-o’Lanterns. A howling good time is held by all each October. Highlights include illuminated jack-o’lanterns, the Spooky Pooch Parade and the Autumn Brews beer tasting event. When winter comes so does the Wonderland Express. An all out celebration includes a light show, complimentary holiday photographs and winter bingo.
The Chicago Botanic Gardens are located in Glencoe at 1000 Lake Cook Road. Doors are open year round and hours are seasonal. Stop into the garden shop and find a variety of charming items to bring back home. Call 847.835.5440 for more information.
Escape games challenge the mind on Tinley Park property. At Crack the Code groups willingly enter into seemingly precarious situations to test their sleuthing skills. Different rooms feature different plots. And, once the door closes the clock starts ticking.
Groups find puzzles and solve riddles to unlock clues and move forward through the game. The ultimate goal is figuring it all out before time is up. It’s all in fun so when groups seem to be stuck the game master can assist them in moving forward.
Three scenarios beckon players on the Tinley Park property. There’s loads of confusion in the Garden of Chaos. The beauty of the plants and flowers call to those who wander into the space. Once in the land of enchantment shadows flicker and darkness appears. Explorers soon realize the garden is alive with ill intent and all passageways are sealed.
Those who are claustrophobic should stay out the elevators or they may find themselves Trapped. Almost a hundred floors up the doors don’t open and cables start to snap. There really is no time to panic as only the quick witted can figure out a way to escape the steel enclosure.
Ghost tours are not for the faint of heart. Brave souls are separated on a ghost tour of a mansion that turns out to be all too real. In Behind the Bookcase a true spector seeks its prey. Trapped in a hidden enclosure in the library it’s nearly impossible to find a way out. The ghost in charge will release his prisoners but only if they can successfully solve the mystery of his untimely death.
Rooms are designed with a medium degree of difficulty and welcome a minimum of 2 players. Experiences last 60 minutes and participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to their reserved time. The Garden of Chaos can be adapted to a more kid friendly scenario for families interested in playing with younger children.
Tinley Park real estate residents gather together to solve mysteries and win the game. Reservations at Crack the Code can be made online or by calling 708.860.6930.
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