The zoo is just over a one milefrom the Ginkgo Leaf Apartment A great walk of a quick cab ride. It is a totally free zoo and is currently in the process of opening some up graded exhibits. It is a wonderful laid back zoo with a large conservatory to warm you on a cool Chicago day! The zoo is a perfect destination located along the lake front in Lincoln Park. Also across the street from the zoo is RJ Grunts, local burger and salad bar restaurant since the 1960's. A true Chicago place to go for a great meal.