Saturdays and Sundays, October 12 to 27, 2019

Boo! at the Zoo

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

November 11, 2019

Veterans Day Celebration

To honor the men and women who have proudly served our nation, the Chicago Zoological Society invites you to a special ceremony. Experience animal ambassadors, see the posting of colors, hear the National Anthem, and learn about the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program.  Read More

Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24

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 23 and Sunday, November 24

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

Friday, November 29, 2019

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, December 6, 2019

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

Saturdays and Sundays, November 30-December 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and Thursday-Tuesday, December 26-31

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

December 7, 8, and 14, 2019

Breakfast with Santa

This holiday season, don't miss out on a chance to have breakfast with Santa. This sweet seasonal event features musical performances from The Banjo Buddies, a kid-friendly buffet breakfast, costumed characters, and more! Take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and spend the rest of the day at... Read More

Sundays, December 15 and 22

Holiday Jazz Brunch

Head to Brookfield Zoo for a holiday brunch you won't soon forget. Enjoy a delectable all-you-can-eat holiday brunch buffet in our Discovery Center and experience a memorable performance by the Ann Stewart Jazz Trio. It's a day at the zoo you won't want to miss. 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.