2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago
Best part: It's free and open every day of the
year, so this is ideal for anyone from the mom who wants to pop in
for a half hour before naptime to those who want a cheap date night
sans the kids.
Don't miss: They've got an adorable petting zoo
area and small museum for tots called Farm-in-the-Zoo. Watch the
cows being milked, pet the goats and pretend you're a chick while
you climb into the huge egg for a fabulous photo opp.
Missing: Elephants. They used to live here, but
When you're done: Check out the Green City
Market, at the southern end of Lincoln Park between Clark and
Stockton Drive during the summer or at the Peggy Notebaert Nature
Museum during cooler months.