Lincoln Park Zoo sets new kiddie train opening date

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Lincoln Park Zoo on Oct. 2 will open the new Lionel Train Adventure children’s train ride, part of its big current improvement project, the zoo announced.

The $3 ride on a 28-seat electric train will traverse a new train station, a “quaint country bridge,” a “craggy canyon” and birch and evergreen forests. It replaces the current, temporary kiddie train which runs in circles in the zoo’s central plaza.

Still to be determined is a firm opening date for the Regenstein Macaque Forest adjacent to the train that has been part of the same, $15 million construction project to the north of the zoo’s West Gate, on the site of the old penguin house. The Japanese “snow monkey” habitat will open after the train, likely in the fall, said a spokeswoman.

The zoo is also set to start building new penguin and polar bear habitats this fall.

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