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Lincoln Park Zoo starts $15M in improvements

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – Lincoln Park Zoo is starting construction this summer on a new primate habitat, train ride and other projects.

The zoo said most of the work will be on 2.2 acres of the west-central part of the zoo. It is a $15 million project.

The primate habitat will spotlight Japanese macaques or snow monkeys. It will contain a variety of trees, a hot spring and feeders shaped like Japanese lanterns.

The new train ride will have child-sized, electric-powered locomotives. It will seat more than two dozen children and look like a 19th century steam engine and coal car.

The zoo also plans on adding new restrooms and a larger food area.

Lincoln Park Zoo has 3.5 million visitors annually.

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