Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 24; Sunday, March 25; Saturday, March 31

Breakfast with the Bunny

Treat the kids to a visit with the Easter Bunny and his friends during an all-you-can eat buffet. Musical entertainment will make for an uplifting fun time for your entire family to enjoy. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Read More

Sunday, April 1

Easter Champagne Brunch

(SOLD OUT) Bring the family for a gourmet brunch that includes carved meats, made to order omelets, seafood, extravagant sweet table and much more.  Musical entertainment will make for an uplifting fun time for your entire family to enjoy. Read More

Saturday, APEril 14 and Sunday, APEril 15 

Ape Awareness Weekend

Join us for exciting facts about apes and fun ape-related activities! Read More

Sunday, April 22

Party for the Planet

Every day is Earth Day at Brookfield Zoo, but on this very special day we will be showcasing some of the steps you can commit to that will truly make a difference for animals across the globe! Read More

Sunday, June 17 at 12 Noon

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

Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24


Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales...all at Brookfield Zoo's 7th annual ZooBrew! Read More

Fridays and Saturdays, July 6 to August 18 

Summer Nights Concerts

Our summertime event is back for a fifth season! 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, 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

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, 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

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.