Upcoming Events

Starting in 2016 - the 15th of Every Month!

Hamill Family Play Zoo 15th Birthday Celeb...

We will be celebrating Hamill Family Play Zoo’s 15th birthday in 2016! Come to Hamill Family Play Zoo on the 15th of every month for special Zoo Chats and activities, and join us for a big birthday celebration on June 15, 2016. Read More

May 28 to September 5

Festival of Flight

A 20-minute engaging, interactive show offered daily that features a variety of birds from around the world demonstrating free-flight natural behavior. The shows, which are FREE and located west of Tropic World, also feature audience participation. Read More

Fridays & Saturdays, June 17 - Aug. 13 (4-9 p.m.)

Summer Nights

Enjoy the zoo in a new light with cooler weather, live music, and enhanced dining options (4-9 p.m.) Read More

Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27


Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales...all at Brookfield Zoo's 5th annual ZooBrew! Read More

Sunday, September 11

ZooRunRun for the Conservation Fund

Join us September 11, 2016, for the return of ZooRunRun! Read More

Saturdays and Sundays, October 22-23 an 29-30
Boo! at the Zoo activities 11 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

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 19 & 20

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

Saturdays and Sundays, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18,
and Monday, December 26 – Saturday, December 31

Holiday Magic 2016

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

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Behind the Scenes Adventure!

Go behind-the-scenes when you register for Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo.

Sign Up for Zoo Classes

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

Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo

Register for Teacher Classes

Teachers can choose from a wide variety of uniqe courses for continuing education credit at Brookfield Zoo.

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.