Saturdays and Sundays, November 30-December 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and Thursday-Tuesday, December 26-31

Holiday Magic

Chicagoland’s largest lights festival with over one million twinkling LED lights! With a skating rink, talking tree, ice carvers, and all the animals, it's the most fun you'll have this holiday season. Read More

Through January 2020

Chicago Wolves Skating Rink

Now open! 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. Read More

December 7, 8, and 14, 2019

Breakfast with Santa

This holiday season, don't miss out on a chance to have breakfast with Santa. This sweet seasonal event features musical performances from The Banjo Buddies, a kid-friendly buffet breakfast, costumed characters, and more! Take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and spend the rest of the day at... Read More

Sundays, December 15 and 22, 2019

Santa's Holiday Jazz Brunch

Head to Brookfield Zoo for a holiday brunch you won't soon forget. Enjoy a delectable all-you-can-eat holiday brunch buffet in our Discovery Center and experience a memorable performance by the Ann Stewart Jazz Trio. Take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as special zoo costumed charac... Read More

Saturday, February 22

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

May 2 through September 27, 2020

Dinos Everywhere!

Dinosaurs are roaring back to life at Brookfield Zoo! Nearly 45 animatronic dinosaurs that are BIGGER and BADDER will be coming to Brookfield Zoo in 2020. Read More

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

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.