Upcoming Events

May 6 to September 17

Dinos & Dragons

Dinosaurs are roaring back to life at Brookfield Zoo! They’re bigger and better than ever and they’ve brought some of their mythical dragon friends. Read More

Sunday, May 14

Mother's Day Champagne Brunch

Give Mom the day off and let our executive chef do the cooking.  Enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch featuring cooked to order eggs, an omelet station, carving station, sweets table, and so much more.  Seating is limited and reservations are required. Read More

Fridays and Saturdays, June 16 to August 12  (4-9 p.m.)

Summer Nights

Our summertime event is back for a fourth season (4-9 p.m.). Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, kid entertainment, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature. Read More

Sunday, June 18

Father's Day BBQ

Bring Dad for a fun noontime Father’s Day barbeque in our Pavilions featuring an interactive DJ. Enjoying a complete, all-you-can-eat summertime buffet has never been easier.  Cash bar service will be available. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Read More

Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26

ZooBrew 2017

Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales...all at Brookfield Zoo's 6th annual ZooBrew! Read More

Sunday, September 10,2017

ZooRunRun for the Conservation Fund

Join us September 10 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!<br /> 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

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

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

Dinos & Dragons

Dinos & Dragons!

Dinos & Dragons roars to life May 6-September 17, including a 6-foot Komodo Dragon and other live reptiles. Presented by Meijer.

 

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

New Penguin Encounters!

Join us for a unquie 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!

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.