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Having grown up within spitting distance of the San Diego Zoo, I’ve always been a zoo snob. But I’ve grown fond of the relatively more modest Brookfield Zoo west of Chicago, which still manages to have plenty to see despite closing numerous indoor exhibits to visitors.

We spent Sunday afternoon at the zoo, which — like several local museums — had timed admissions. It still seemed a wee bit more crowded than we had expected, but it wasn’t overwhelming. F was almost giddy to be out, and that made the visit worth it.