Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 23, 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Join us in celebrating Hispanic culture with live music, dance performances, traditional food, and animal encounters! 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Read More

Sunday, September 24, at 1:00 p.m. 

Cookie Cockatoo Statue Unveiling

A life-size bronze statue in memory of Cookie, a beloved Major Mitchell’s cockatoo will be unveiled on Sunday, September 24, at 1:00 p.m. in front of Brookfield Zoo’s Reptiles and Birds. Read More

Saturday, September 23

Ford Tough Toughest Tailgate

The Built Ford Tough Toughest Tailgate rolls into Brookfield Zoo on Saturday, September 23rd from 10 am to 6 pm. Chicago is the first stop on a seven-city tour of football-loving cities from coast to coast. Read More

September 24

World Gorilla Day

Brookfield Zoo is celebrating gorillas and taking action for gorilla conservation on September 24, World Gorilla Day. Read More

Saturday, Sept 30 -  Sunday, Oct 1

Cat Awareness Weekend

For the purr-fect weekend learn about the zoo’s cats, from the big cats to the small ones! There will be special Zoo Chats and cat-themed activities for cat lovers of all ages. Read More

Friday, October 20

Oktoberfest Celebration

The Oktoberfest Celebration is an evening dining event for adults to enjoy the culinary delights of Brookfield Zoo with a bountiful feast of German cuisine featuring a grilling station with a wide variety of freshly grilled german sausages, a carving station with sauerbraten and schinken, saut... Read More

Saturdays and Sundays, October 21-22, 28-29
Boo! at the Zoo activities 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Boo! at the Zoo

Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo festival is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween! Read More

Saturday, October 28

Wines in the Wild

Calling all Wine Lovers! Sample a wonderful variety of wine, scotch and craft beer, accompanied by exquisite hors d’oeuvres! Read More

Friday, November 3, 6:30 p.m.

New Orleans Swamp Soiree

The New Orleans Swamp Soiree is an evening dining event for adults to experience our Swamp Exhibit with a plentiful array of New Orleans themed Hors d’oeuvres and then be transported to our private dining venue Bocaditos which will feature Carved Salmon with Crawfish Etouffee, Roasted Pig, ... Read More

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 18 & 19

Community Tree Trim

Get into the holiday spirit early! Join us in gearing up for our Holiday Magic celebration through Community Tree Trim. Read More

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 18 & 19

Corporate Tree Trim

Would your corporate group like to be a part of Holiday Magic? Take part in Brookfield Zoo's Tree Trim program! Read More

Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and Tuesday-Sunday, 26-31

Holiday Magic

Chicagoland’s Largest Lights Festival. Over One Million Twinkling LED Lights. 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.