Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond

Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond

In 1868, Chicago’s Lincoln Park Commissioners received a pair of mute swans as a gift from New York City’s Central Park Commissioners. The birds became so popular that Chicago’s free zoo was established. Refurbished in 1996 through a bequest from the estate of Hope B. McCormick, Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond is now home to a pair of snow-white trumpeter swans—a reminder of the zoo’s long history of providing the Chicagoland area with free access to the wonders of wildlife.

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Trumpeter swan with chicks in exhibit

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