Beginning on Thursday, April 23

Updates on Rain Forests of the Whirl

The party may be canceled, but soon, we’re bringing the Whirl to you…this time as Virtu-Whirl Starting on Thursday, April 23, you can bid on auction items or participate in our paddle raise, all from the comfort of your own home. Read More

Sunday, April 5 & Saturday, April 11, 2020

Breakfast With the Bunny (Canceled)

Hop to it and bring your family and friends to Brookfield Zoo for our annual Breakfast With the Bunny! You'll get to meet Mr. & Mrs. Bunny, enjoy a delicious breakfast, listen to live music, and much more. Read More

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter Champagne Brunch (Canceled)

Bring the entire family to Brookfield Zoo for a delicious Easter brunch that everyone can enjoy. Joining in the festivities will be Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who will be on hand for photo opportunities, as well as live music entertainment. Read More

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Party for the Planet

Every day is Earth Day at Brookfield Zoo but on this very special day we'll be showcasing some of the steps you can take that will truly make a difference for animals across the globe! Read More

Summer 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

Fridays and Saturdays, June 19 to August 8, 2020

Summer Nights Concerts

Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, Animal Ambassadors, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature. Read More

Saturday, August 22, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales...all at Brookfield Zoo's 9th annual ZooBrew on Saturday, August 22. ZooBrew is a fun-filled, unique beer-tasting event! Read More

Sunday, September 13, 2020, 8:30 a.m.

ZooRunRun for the Animal Care & Conser...

Join us for the return of ZooRunRun - with courses entirely within the world renowned Brookfield Zoo! Each year more species lose their race for survival and disappear from the wild. But it is a race we can win, and YOU CAN HELP! Read More

Saturday, September 26, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Roars & Pours

Enjoy spring at Brookfield Zoo and join us for Roars & Pours!  Come early to see the flowers in bloom, visit with the animals, and then stop by the Pavilions to sample your favorite wines and spirits. Read More

Saturdays and Sundays, October 10 to 25, 2020

Boo! at the Zoo

Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin’ good time! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy! Read More

Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, 2020

Community Tree Trim

Does your community group want to get into the holiday spirit early? Join Brookfield Zoo in gearing up for our Holiday Magic celebration by participating in Community Tree Trim. Sponsoring a tree is a beautiful way to support the zoo and celebrate Holiday Magic! Read More

Friday, November 27, 2020, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Reindeer Run

Grab your glow sticks and running shoes and join us for the third annual Reindeer Run!  With a two-mile course entirely within Brookfield Zoo, you and your family can "fun run" under the lights and be the first to see the lights of Holiday Magic! Read More

Saturdays & Sundays, November 28 - December 20, plus December 26-31, 2020

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

Friday, December 11, 2020, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Lights and Lagers

Get ready for the only holiday party with real reindeer! This 21-and-over event will feature music, Animal Ambassadors, the lights of Holiday Magic as well as samples from our participating breweries! Read More

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Zoo Year's Eve

Brookfield Zoo is great place to ring in the New Year with your little ones! Starting at 6:00 pm, celebrate with us in the Holly Jolly Theater with a live DJ, music, games, party favors, prizes, and an early countdown to ring in the Zoo Year at 8:00 p.m.! 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.