May 11 - September 29

Brick Safari

Brick Safari features more than 40 life-size animal sculptures created from millions of individual colored LEGO® bricks! The menagerie of animals is located along a winding wooded pathway on the east side of the park. Many of the sculptures are based on some Brookfield Zoo favorites, such as ... Read More

Fridays and Saturdays, June 21 through August 10

Summer Nights Concerts

Our summertime event is back for a sixth season! Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, Animal Ambassadors, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature. Read More

Wednesday, July 24

Paint Night

Are you a "Penguin Picasso" or "Vincent Van Goat"?  Pick up your paint brush, put on your smock, and get your palettes ready for Paint Night at Brookfield Zoo!   Read More

Sunday, July 28

Summer Sundays - First Responder Day

Join us for for your chance to meet real life superheroes - first responders! Read More

Wednesday, August 7

Brookfield Zoo Blood Drive

Go wild and help save lives! All pre-registered blood donors will receive free zoo admission the day of the drive for one adult and up to two children and free parking in the Discovery Center Parking Lot, entrance at 3300 Golf Road. Read More

Wednesday, August 14

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

Saturday, August 24


Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales...all at Brookfield Zoo's 8th annual ZooBrew! Read More

Sunday, September 8

ZooRunRun for the Animal Care and Conserva...

Join us on September 8 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 12 to 27

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

Friday, November 29

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

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! 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.