Chicago area zoos

 
 

Cosley Zoo

1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Free kids 18 and under and Wheaton Park District residents, and $3 for non-resident adults
cosleyzoo.org

Best: The under-5 set. The zoo is small and while there is only a small selection of animals, you can get really close to all of them.

Don't miss: The large duck pond is a relaxing place to spend the afternoon. Bring an extra dollar, and you can feed them.

Missing: Just about every animal outside of typical farm animals.

When you're done: Get the kids really tired at Kids Town, 1141 E. Butterfield Road, which is a fabulous indoor play space.

 
 
 





 
 
 
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