Zoo Hours

  • Brookfield Zoo is open every 365 days of the year!
  • Monday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please note: Indoor animal exhibits close 30 minutes before general zoo closing, except for Tropic World, which closes 45 minutes before general zoo closing.

Get Free Admission and Parking Year-Round:
Become a zoo member! You'll receive free admission and parking for one year, the quarterly member's newsletter, discounts at the zoo's shops and restaurants, and guest passes, plus discounts on special attractions throughout the year.

$24.95 Adult - $16.95  Children 3-11, Seniors 65 and over
One day admission plus three attractions

Total Experience:
$14.95 Adult - $10.95  Children 3-11, Seniors 65 and over (Available May 24 through September 1)
Includes all six attractions. Admission not included.

Pick-Three: $8.50 Adult - $5.50 Children 3-12, Seniors 65 and over
Choose any three attractions. Admission not included.

Pick-Three: $8.50 A - $5.50 C/S
Choose any three attractions. Admission not included.

General Zoo Admission
Adults $16.95
Seniors 65 and Over $11.95
Children (3 to 11) $11.95

Group Sales: If you have a group of 20 or more guests and will be traveling to Brookfield Zoo via bus, we offer group rates. Tickets must be reserved and paid for at least 7-10 days prior to your visit. Tickets are non-refundable and valid only on the date of your visit. Please contact GroupSales@CZS.org or 708-688-8431 for additional information.

Cars $10.00
Buses $15.00
A Cook County parking tax is included.

Members (Main Entrance) Free
Members (South Entrance) $2.00

Zoo admission is free on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 2, 2014 through Dec. 30, 2014. Free admission is good only during normal zoo hours.


Beginning Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 2015, Zoo admission is free on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Print at Home tickets (General Admission Only)

Free Admission for Military Personnel:
To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo's admission booths will be admitted free of charge.


Dolphins in Action
Dolphins in Action Presentations are temporarily cancelled. FREE Today: Dolphin Care and Enrichment Chat at these times-
: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

Adults: $4.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $2.50
Children 3 to 11: $2.50
Members: Half price

Hamill Family Play Zoo

Adults: $2.50
Seniors 65 & Over: $2.50
Children 3 to 11: $2.50
Members: Half price

The Carousel
Adults: $2.50
Seniors 65 & Over: $2.50
Children 3 to 11: $2.50
Members: Half price
All seated riders require a ticket.

Motor Safari
: $4.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $2.50
Children 3 to 11: $2.50
Members: Half price
Available early spring through late fall, weather permitting. One ticket allows guests to ride all day.

Stroller/Wagon Rentals
Rentals are available near the North and South Gates.

Dolphin Stroller…………………………...$8.00
Single Stroller……………………………..$10.00
Double Stroller…………………………….$12.00
Electronic Convenience Vehicle…………$25.00
  • A cash deposit of $10.00 is required with stroller rentals.
  • Credit cards are necessary for ECV and wheelchair rentals.

  • For the safety and welfare of our animals and visitors, smoking is prohibited except in designated smoking areas. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
  • Please do not bring your pets to the zoo. Pets are not allowed within the Zoo under any circumstances and are not to be left locked in personal vehicles during a zoo visit.  Service animals are allowed, but guests are to alert the Gate Attendant upon arrival, who will contact Security to give you special instructions before entering the park. A Service Animal Map (with locations that are not ideal for service animals to go; ie. Habitat Africa! The Forest) will be provided to you upon your arrival or are available by clicking Service Animal Map.