Will you choose the horse? The lion? The seal? Whatever animal you nab on the merry-go-round you’re going to have a whirling, twirling good time. Carousels are pure, nostalgic fun, but you can’t find them just anywhere — and that’s part of their charm. Flip through our album to discover the must-rides, from vintage roundabouts to serious double deckers.

For a Wild Ride: Lincoln Park Zoo

You’re in for one truly wild ride when you climb aboard Lincoln Park Zoo’s Endangered Species Carousel. Rare and endangered species like frogs, ostriches, pandas, zebras, gorillas and seals -- many of which you’ll find thriving in the zoo -- are represented in the 48 artisan-crafted wooden animals and two chariots. Paying $3 per jockey to ride atop the exotic on this one-of-a-kind carousel helps keep a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo free year round.

2150 N. Cannon Dr.
in Lincoln Park
312-742-1410
Online: lpzoo.org

Photo: courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo

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— Maria Barnes