we went to Franks n Dawgs for gourmet encased meat. my friend A.C. and I had the brunch dog (pork sausage, bacon, fried egg and maple mayo- YUM!) and her husband had the Ruben Pulaski (some kind of sausage with kraut and crunchy onion topping) - excellent truffle waffle fries rounded out our lunch. they thought they wanted to go to the Shedd but I suggested the zoo since it was SUCH a beautiful day and then we could be outside all afternoon.
the zoo has improved dramatically since I was a regular visitor there years ago. gone is the (old) new ape house - replaced by a new new ape house... a new African safari type exhibit was excellent as was the reptile house. sadly the polar bear was missing in action (maybe he had the day off) and although I knew we had lost our last elephant (due to a death of the companion elder elephant - our last elephant was transferred to a location where she could have a friend) it was sad not to see these magnificent creatures while there.
so it was a very nice way to spend a few hours and enjoy our marvelous FREE Lincoln Park Zoo.
photos are in no particular order and are things that just caught my eye....