Zoo in Richton Park


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  • Johansen Farms
    Johansen Farms started more than 85 years ago, when Hans Johansen and his family immigrated to Illinois from Copenhagen. Upon their arrival, the family started to grow and sell flowers and vegetables, slowly transforming their business from a roadside farm stand into a flourishing plant empire. Today, sunlight filters into Johansen Farms’ 24 greenhouses, illuminating scarlet petals and verdant tendrils as they rise from beds of moist earth. Within these humid growing centers, gardeners cultivate more than 2,000 varieties of plants and flowers, from blooming annuals to hearty grasses. Guests meander at will, stopping to sniff baby flower buds and eye appetizing fruits and veggies.
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    710 W Boughton Rd.
    Bolingbrook, IL US
  • Fair Oaks Farms
    The amphitheater at Fair Oaks Farms doesn?t host agriculture-themed theater productions, or talks by resident farmers and cheese-makers. Instead, it?s the stage for an astonishing real-life drama. Before a giant wall of glass, audience members hold their breath as they watch a dairy cow give birth atop a bed of hay. Its calf enters the world in full view, rising up on its wobbling legs and hearing the sound of dozens of human hearts melting at once for the very first time. It all happens approximately 80 times each day. The birthing barn anchors the farm's Dairy Adventure tour, giving families and school children a literal window into the world of sustainable dairy farming. At Fair Oaks Farms, the sustainability is as important as the milks and cheeses. As the New York Times recently reported, the farm creates natural gas from livestock waste. This ever-replenished source powers 10 barns, a cheese factory, an ice cream parlor, and everything else at the farm. It even becomes fuel for delivery trucks, which take raw milk to processing plants in three different states. A lot of the dairy products stay right on the farm, however. At the onsite caf?, staffers serve countless glasses of chocolate milk and plates of grilled cheese sandwiches, the most popular items on the menu. The dining area overlooks the farm's cheese-making and milk-bottling facilities, so diners see exactly where their snack comes from. Fair Oaks Farms also features two brand new facilities, The Market & Bakery and the Farmhouse Restaurant As for the cafe's produce, it comes directly from the farm's Green Garden Gate, a collection of gardens that sit in the shadow of a 25-foot milk bottle. The oversized container, known as "Udder Heights," is actually a climbing wall complete with belay systems and footholds. It stands at the center of Mooville, an outdoor play area that also contains train rides and a giant jumping pillow for when someone orders a milkshake.
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    856 North 600 East
    Fair Oaks, IN US
  • Siegel's Cottonwood Farm
    Stalks of corn sway in the breeze and bales of hay crisp up in the afternoon sun at Siegel's Cottonwood Farm. Every year, this farm celebrates autumn with a massive cornfield maze that's always cut into a creative new design. This year, families will be navigating stalks patterned like Wrigley Fields 100th Anniversary while smaller explorers tackle the two-acre Spookley "Anti-Bullying" corn maze. After escaping the mazes, visitors can take a hayride to the U-pick pumpkin field, where bright orange pumpkins grow on twisting vines. Throughout the farm, children play on the giant slide and climbing wall, pigs and goats highlight their favorite passages of Animal Farm in the petting zoo, and a massive troll named Bobo emerges from a castle to tell the story of Jack and the Sleeping Giant. For a spookier experience, the paintball ride takes intrepid passengers on a half-mile trip in an Army troop-carrier truck equipped with paintball guns. Along the way, zombies pursue the truck and riders must shoot them with paintballs to avoid being gobbled up. Additional attractions include three play areas and Lexi?s Jumpin? Blob Jamboree.
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    17250 S Weber Rd.
    Crest Hill, IL US
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
    Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is a world-class zoological institution nestled in the heart of Chicago?s historic Lincoln Park district. The zoo is open every day of the year and offers free admission to provide entertainment and education for visitors of all ages. In addition to architectural treasures and award-winning progressively designed animal habitats, the zoo is also a conservation haven, operating one of the country?s largest zoo-based conservation and science programs.
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    2200 North Cannon Drive
    Chicago, IL US
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
    Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is a world-class zoological institution nestled in the heart of Chicago?s historic Lincoln Park district. The zoo is open every day of the year and offers free admission to provide entertainment and education for visitors of all ages. In addition to architectural treasures and award-winning progressively designed animal habitats, the zoo is also a conservation haven, operating one of the country?s largest zoo-based conservation and science programs.
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    1900 N Stockton Dr
    Chicago, IL US
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
    Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is a world-class zoological institution nestled in the heart of Chicago?s historic Lincoln Park district. The zoo is open every day of the year and offers free admission to provide entertainment and education for visitors of all ages. In addition to architectural treasures and award-winning progressively designed animal habitats, the zoo is also a conservation haven, operating one of the country?s largest zoo-based conservation and science programs.
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    Farm 1900 N. Stockton
    Chicago, IL US
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