Summer Nights

Location: East Mall

Date: Friday-Saturday, June 5 - Aug. 8

Our newest summertime event is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever, with more evenings than before! Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine gardens, roaming entertainment, live music, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.

The Bayside Beer and Wine Garden will be open during Summer Nights this year and there will be a guitar soloist every evening from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. We will have a full schedule of entertainment every night! see schedule below.


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Watch the video of last year's Summer Nights:

 

Schedule of Entertainment

June 5 
4:00 Manny Torres
5:00-9:00 International Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Alex Knapp – kid variety show
7:00 Hello Weekend - cover band
 
June 6
4:00 Nelson Sosa
5:00-9:00 International Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Douglas Grew – kid variety show
7:00 Cuba Meets Puerto Rica: Manolo Mairena & Willy Torres "Los Soneros Nunca Mueren" plus dance lessons with Latin Street Dancing – Latin music and dance
 
June 12
4:00 Mike Hayes
5:00-9:00 Mardi Gras Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Andrew Noyszewski - magic show
7:00 Trippin' Billies - Dave Matthews tribute
 
June 13
4:00 Chase Walsh
5:00-9:00 Mardi Gras Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Jason Kollum - juggling show
7:00 Rebirth Brass Band – Grammy winning New Orleans street music
 
June 19
4:00 David Paige
5:00-9:00 Renaissance Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Misha Stone - magic show
7:00 Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press – cover band
 
June 20 
4:00 Mer
5:00-9:00 Renaissance Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 LJ Slavin - kid’s music
7:00 Stache! – 80s to now cover band
 
June 26 
4:00 Phil Jacobson
5:00-9:00 Pirate Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 James Sanden – magic show
7:00 Arra – classic rock cover band
 
June 27
4:00 Meagan Hickman
5:00-9:00 Pirate Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Kevin Marquette - kid’s music
7:00 U2 Zoo – U2 tribute band
 
July 3
4:00 David Paige
5:00-9:00 Patriotic Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Wild Willy Variety Show - comedy and juggling
7:00 Encore Concert Band – patriotic and classic tunes
 
July 4
4:00 Owen Stevenson
5:00-9:00 Patriotic Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Pocket Circus - Argentinian circus act
7:00 Cowboy Jukebox - country
 
July 10
4:00 Brian Allison
5:00-9:00 Americana Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Chris Farrell - kid’s music
7:00 Sonny Landreth – blues
with opening act: MER
 
July 11
4:00 Phil Jacobson
5:00-9:00 Americana Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Dizzy Lizzy – kid variety show
7:00 American English – Beatles tribute
 
July 17
4:00 Marlon Longid
5:00-9:00 Fairy Tale Themed roaming Entertainment
6:00 Michelle Tibble – kid music and storytelling
7:00 Heartache Tonight – Eagles tribute
 
July 18
4:00 Nelson Sosa
5:00-9:00 Fairy Tale Themed roaming Entertainment
6:00 Mickey Simple - juggling and puppets
7:00 Afinca'o plus dance lessons with Latin Street Dancing – Latin music and dance
 
July 24
4:00 Owen Stevenson
5:00-9:00 Western Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Mary Macaroni - kid’s music
7:00 Cracker – American alternative rock
with opening act: Jack Daly
 
July 25
4:00 Meagan Hickman
5:00-9:00 Western Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Craig Sjogerman - clowning show
7:00 Suburban Cowboys - country
 
July 31
4:00 Zoie Moser
5:00-9:00 Beach Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Jeanie McQueenie - puppetry
7:00 The Boat Drunks – beach music
 
August 1
4:00 John Charles Weston
5:00-9:00 Beach Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Will Casey - storytelling
7:00 Mr. Blotto – Jam band
 
August 7
4:00 Brent Brown
5:00-9:00 Circus Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Edd Fairman - magic show
7:00 Sixteen Candles – 80’s cover band
 
August 8
4:00 Jennifer Fletcher
5:00-9:00 Circus Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Parky - clown show
7:00 Johnnyswim – folk, soul, blues, pop music
with opening act: Jennifer Fletcher
 


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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.