Kratt Brothers

Going to see the Kratt Brothers on Saturday, August 23 or Sunday, August 24? We are expecting good crowds for the event, so please consider riding your bicycle, carpooling, or taking public transportation to avoid delays. Also, traffic has been reduced to one lane on 1st Avenue due to construction. Please plan accordingly and consider taking alternate routes. You can get to the zoo by taking the Brookfield Zoo Express Bus, Pace Bus Route 331, or the Metra! Visit our Public Transportation section for more information on Pace and Metra.

Zoo Hours

  • Brookfield Zoo is open every 365 days of the year!
  • Monday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 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.
Hamill Family Play Zoo
The Hamill Family Play Zoo will be closed Monday 9/8/14 through Friday 9/12/14 for annual maintenance.

Zooper Fun Pass:

$29.95 Adult - $22.95 Children 3-11, Seniors 65 and over Unlimited Free general Zoo admission during 2014 (parking still applies)
FREE one-time admission to each of the zoo’s six attractions: Dolphin Show, Butterflies, Stingray Bay, Motor Safari, Carousel, Hamill Family Play Zoo.

$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 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, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 28, 2014. Free admission is good only during normal zoo hours.

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
Monday to Wednesday: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Thursday to Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Adults: $4.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $2.50
Children 3 to 11: $2.50

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.

Stingray Bay
Adults: $4.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $2.50
Children 3 to 11: $2.50
Members: Half price
Open April 26 through September 28.

Adults: $4.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $2.50
Children 3 to 11: $2.50
Half price
Open May 24 through September 1. Opening may vary due to weather conditions.

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.