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Lincoln Park Zoo is perfect for a family outing. Built in 1868, it is one of the oldest zoological gardens in the country. The zoo management team comprises experts in wildlife conservation, community education and recreation. The zoo, which attracts more than three million visitors a year, is open all year-round and is the only free zoo in the nation.
The Plant takes the concept of sustainable and takes it to the next level. Located in a building which formerly used to be a meat-packaging unit, this organization is a unique indoor farm. Several unique techniques are used to cultivate flora and fauna here using symbiotic relationships and purely organic means to produce food which is then sold in their farmers markets every Saturday. The Plant offers a number of tours as well as workshops and volunteering opportunities. You can also get some delicious fresh-baked organic bread from one of their two bakeries. For more information, log on to their website.
Uncommon Ground is unlike other Chicago restaurants because it features a certified rooftop farm growing organic produce. Sprawled over 2500 square feet (232 square meters), its wood-decked terrace has earthboxes, planter boxes and novel irrigation systems to grow thyme, rosemary, heirloom tomatoes, mustard, shallots, okra, parsley and tarragon among many other vegetables and herbs. Colorful zinnias, nasturtiums, marigolds and calendulas also grow in the soil. The terrace has solar panels for heating water, while all the wood used in the entire restaurant is sourced only from fallen trees. Even used oil from the kitchen is donated to make bio diesel. For all these initiatives, it has won several awards along with its sister restaurant Uncommon Ground on Clark, which houses a brewery. Some of these accolades include Mayor's Landscape Award, USGBC Environmotion Award and Governor's Sustainability Award. It is also counted among the “Greenest Restaurants in the World” by the Green Restaurant Association. As this eatery uses ingredients grown in its own and other local farms, the food is always fresh and seasonal. Cultural initiatives are not left to chance either: live music events are held here daily and art exhibitions once a month.
Explore 216 acres (111.6 hectares) where more than 400 species live and play in naturalistic habitats. View exceptional exhibits featuring well-known and exotic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. You can watch monkeys play around, lions roar, and birds fly about at the various up-close habitats. Visit Stingray Bay where you can interact with cownose rays as they swim around a 16,000 gallon (60,566.5 liter) tank.
Describing itself as a place where 'Education Meets History', the Historic Wagner Farm traces its roots back to 1855 when the starry-eyed immigrants Johann Wagner and his wife arrived from Germany. Over the centuries their farmland kept getting better and larger, and has been an educative influence on children who can learn how to milk the cows and ride tractors alongside their parents. Stop by at their snack bar which sells sodas, floats, sundaes and delicious hand-dipped cones. Entry is always free unless there is a specific event being held which may have an admission price.
Experience the lifestyle of the 1800s as you visit Volkening Heritage Farm. You can take part in the traditional farming activities at this farm or just sit back and relax amidst the beautiful nature.