Some zoos have a broad array of animals. And some specialize in certain animals or certain age group visitors. Check out our list of five Chicago area zoos that readers keep coming back to.
1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Free kids 18 and under and Wheaton Park District residents, and $3 for non-resident adults
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.