May 26 - September 3

Amazing Arachnids

Join us for an aMAZEing time weaving your way through a new temporary exhibit—Amazing Arachnids! The interactive and engaging experience opens May 26 and continues through September 3, featuring two components: The Art and Science of Arachnids and Mission Safari. Read More

Saturday, August 25

Trivia Night

Here’s your chance to prove you are the wisest owl in the parliament!  This fun-filled evening will include music, Animal Ambassadors, drink samples, and of course a ton of trivia!   Read More

Sunday, September 9

ZooRunRun for the Animal Care and Conserva...

Join us on September 9 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

October 10, 2018

Conservation Leadership Awards Dinner

An exclusive dinner hosted by the Chicago Zoological Society Trustees and Women's Board to recognize individuals and organizations for their collective impact on conservation efforts that are transforming our vision of how we INSPIRE conservation action, ENGAGE our communities, and RESTORE wi... Read More

Saturdays and Sundays, October 13 to 28
 

Boo! at the Zoo

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

Saturday, October 27

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

Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 

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

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


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.