General Information

General Information

Zoo Hours

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

General zoo admission is free on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday through February 28, 2015, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 1 through December 31, 2015.

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

Become a member!

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.

General Zoo Admission

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

Buy Tickets

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.

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Parking

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

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


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.

Attractions

Dolphins in Action
Dolphins in Action presentations are temporarily cancelled. FREE Today! Dolphin Care and Enrichment Chat at these times:
Monday to Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

Adults: $5.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.00
Children 3 to 11: $3.00

Hamill Family Play Zoo
Adults: $3.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.00
Children 3 to 11: $3.00
Members: Half price

Admission to Hamill Family Play Zoo is free from January 1 through February 28, 2015 and from November 1 through December 31, 2015.

The Carousel (when weather permits)
Adults: $3.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.00
Children 3 to 11: $3.00
Members: Half price
All seated riders require a ticket.

Motor Safari (when weather permits)
Adults: $5.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.00
Children 3 to 11: $3.00
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
Wagon………………………………...…...$9.00
Single Stroller……………………………..$10.00
Double Stroller…………………………….$12.00
Wheelchair…………………………………$10.00
Electronic Convenience Vehicle…………$25.00
Brookfield Zoo requests a deposit with all rentals. For rental of electronic convenience vehicles (ECV) and wheelchair rentals, the zoo requires credit card information as a security deposit. The zoo has a limited number of ECVs and and wheelchairs for rent. Please call (708) 688-8347 to reserve an ECV or wheelchair in advance (same day reservations are not accepted).

Smoking

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.

Pets

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.

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Behind the Scenes Adventure!

Go behind-the-scenes when you register for Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo.

Sign Up for Zoo Classes

Parents and young explorers can experience serious fun at one of our Family Play Classes!

Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo

Register for Teacher Classes

Teachers can choose from a wide variety of uniqe courses for continuing education credit at Brookfield Zoo.

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.