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"If you're looking for an amazing place to have your wedding, I cannot recommend the Brookfield Zoo enough. If any of your guests are skeptical, just tell them to wait, and they will be pleasantly surprised."

- Steve, Yelp

Weddings at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo's lush grounds and tranquil settings form a lovely--and completely unique--backdrop for your special day.

Your guests will enjoy "Cocktails with the Animals" in one of the zoo's magnificent wildlife habitats--from the deserts and rain forests of far-off lands, to the underwater world of our famous bottlenose dolphins. 

Then it's off to your elegant dinner...complete with themed decorations. Enjoy live music and outstanding food as you and your guests dance the night away. Be sure to allow plenty of time for unforgettable pictures among the sculpted gardens and with an animal or two! 

Your Brookfield Zoo Wedding Consultant will help you create the celebration of your dreams! Click on the links below for information.

Unique Reception Venues

When it comes to setting a truly exotic stage for your special event, no place compares to Brookfield Zoo. Lions roar in the distance, monkeys chatter nearby, and a giraffe might even stretch his long neck in your direction to check out your party.

Our unique venues provide the perfect backdrop for any event--from company picnics to formal affairs, showers to weddings, anniversaries to family reunions, bar mitzvahs to adult birthday parties. Plus, our top-notch catering staff and professional culinary team will ensure that your event is elegant and virtually effortless.

Discover which spectacular venue is right for your event...

Explore Our Exciting New Venue: 
The Pavilions at Brookfield Zoo

Dining and Meeting Venues
  • Discovery Center
    Serving as Brookfield Zoo's premiere banquet facility, Discovery Center offers an array of room options ideal for receptions, banquets, dances and business meetings:
    Savannah Room - Capacity: 350 (reception); 300 (banquet rounds); 350 (theater)
    Founders Room - Capacity: 100 (reception); 80 (banquet rounds); 80 (theater)
    Riverside Lobby - Capacity: 150 (reception)

  • Bocaditos
    This beautiful banquet and meeting facility features hardwood floors, hand-carved South American artwork, and stunning balcony views. Available for receptions, dinners, dances, and meetings.
    Capacity: 250 (reception); 150 (banquet); 150 (theater); 40 (u-shaped)

Cocktails with the Animals

As part of your evening at Brookfield Zoo, treat your guests to “Cocktails with the Animals.” View fascinating animals from around the world and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres amid the beautiful d├ęcor of one of our world-class exhibits. Some animal exhibits can accommodate dining.

  • Great Bear Wilderness
    Explore the wilderness and celebrate among playful grizzly and polar bears. Enjoy fresh air in a scenic, lush landscape or trek below the surface to enjoy dual underwater viewing windows with bears swimming through your backdrop.
    Capacity: 200 (reception)

  • Tropic World
    Explore the lush rain-forest canopies of Africa while monkeys, apes, birds, and other amazing animals look on.
    Capacity: 400 (reception)

  • The Swamp
    Drift along a Cajun country bayou and get close to crocodiles, wood storks, snapping turtles, river otters, and a host of other wetland creatures.
    Capacity: 400 (reception)

  • Seven Seas
    Enjoy the graceful antics of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins as they provide a constantly changing backdrop to your festive event.
    Capacity: 250 (reception)

  • The Living Coast
    Break away to the coastal waters of South America and see moon jellies, sharks, green sea turtles, and a myriad of sea creatures.
    Capacity: 200 (reception)

  • Habitat Africa!
    Visit the plains of Africa and mingle with giraffes and other magnificent animals as they move gracefully across the savannah. Both indoor and outdoor event venues are available.
    Capacity: 250 (reception)


Seasonal Venues
  • Feathers and Scales: Birds, Reptiles, and Amphibians
    Your event will soar to new heights in this newly rennovated exhibit a variety of fine-feathered friends, including hornbills, toucan, cookoos, and roadrunners.
    Capacity: 150 (reception)

  • Pinniped Point
    Watch sea lions and seals splish and splash in their open-air exhibit. Go nose to nose with these playful pinnipeds as they glide past you in the Underwater Viewing Area.
    Capacity: 250 (reception)

  • Butterflies!
    Discover hundreds of dazzling butterflies flitting about in this lush, open-air, garden setting. This seasonal exhibit is open late May through mid-September.
    Capacity: 100 (reception)