November 3 - January 27, 2019

Chicago Wolves Skating Rink

Opens November 3, 2018. The Chicago Wolves skating rink is not made of ice, but of a synthetic plastic known as Glice® - a material composed of heat-pressed layers of polymers – so no water or electricity is required for operation.  Brookfield Zoo is one of only three zoos in ... Read More

Saturday, November 24

Reindeer Run

Bring the whole family out for a night under the lights at the Reindeer Run!  This two-mile fun run is perfect for everyone! Read More

Friday, November 30

Lights and Lagers

Get into the holiday spirit while trying some holiday spirits at the inaugural Lights and Lagers! Read More

Saturdays and Sundays, December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and Wednesday-Monday, 26-31

Holiday Magic

Chicagoland’s Largest Lights Festival with Over One Million Twinkling LED Lights! Read More

December 8, 9, 15 and 16 (9am & 11am seatings)

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a child-friendly buffet, holiday music and costumed characters. Santa will join you for family photos. Online registration is now open. Read More

December 9 and 16, 2018 (11:00 am & 1:30 pm seatings)

Brunch with Santa

SOLD OUT ---- Head to Brookfield Zoo and be sure to bring your appetite for a delectable all-you-can-eat Holiday brunch buffet featuring an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus.  Read More

Monday, December 31

Zoo Year's Eve

Rock in the "Zoo Year 2019" with your friends at Brookfield Zoo! Read More

Saturday, February 23

Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest

Come out of your winter hibernation and warm up at Brookfield Zoo's Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest!   Read More


Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

New Penguin Encounters!

Join us for a unique close encounter with Humboldt penguins at Brookfield Zoo.

Sign Up for Zoo Classes

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

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.