CZS Associates Membership

The Chicago Zoological Society Associates (CZS Associates) is a group of volunteers that consists of young professionals and families from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Joining this exclusive group provides you and Brookfield Zoo with vast growth opportunities and incredible benefits.

CZS Associate membership provides you with exciting opportunities for professional and social networking at after-work functions, special events, family-friendly activities and access to very popular behind-the-scenes tours of the zoo!

You can provide an essential role in helping CZS visualize its future and further define its role and responsibilities as a leading zoological institution in the 21st century. CZS Associates serve as a powerful resource for the organization by providing critical insights and information about next-generation trends, as well as evolving expectations of visitors, members, and community partners.


There are a few basic membership requirements that we ask CZS Associates to meet. Following the completion of an application and an informal conversation with a member of the Steering Committee and Development team, Associates are elected to a consecutive two-year term which is renewable for all members in good standing.

Good standing requirements:

  • Support one or more CZS special events
  • Join our valued family of donors by making a minimum charitable donation of $500 in support of the zoo’s Annual Fund
  • Help meet business related expenses for the CZS Associates by renewing annual dues of $150

By becoming a CZS Associate, you will enjoy many benefits as a way of thanking you for your service and support. They include:

  • Free admission for Associates and their family with discounted parking
  • Guest passes to help with “friendraising”
  • Escorted golf cart tours of the Zoo
  • Invitations to the Annual Meeting of Governing Members and exclusive, semi-annual briefings that will provide important updates on animals, exhibits, conservation programs and other key activities of the Society
  • And much more!
Need More Information?

If you would like to be considered for membership with the CZS Associates, please fill out an application below and someone will contact you to provide more information on next steps.

If you would like more information, please email

CZS Associates Online Application

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the CZS Associates. To help facilitate a timely review, please complete the following application. Following the submission of your application, you will be contacted by a member of the Chicago Zoological Society staff to discuss the next steps.

Please submit your name as it should appear on ALL printed materials.

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