Summer Nights

Location: East Mall

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

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.

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, June 16-17, 23-24, 30-July 1, July 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, August 4-5, 11-12 (18 nights)

4pm-6pm - Opening act
6pm - Kid's Entertainment on the Kid's Stage prestented by Julie

7pm - Headliners:
June 16: Gina Glocksen Band (Top 40)

June 17: In the Valley Below (Indie Funk)

June 23: Ear Candy (Pop/Dance Covers)

June 24: Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell Mama (Blues)

June 30: Keith Anderson (Country)

July 1: Rockstar Rodeo (Country/Rock)

July 7: Sixteen Candles (80s Covers)

July 8: We are Scientists (Indie/Rock)

July 14: Indika (Reggae)

July 15: Yellowhammers (Rock)

July 21: American English (Beatles Tribute)

July 22: Main Squeeze (Soul/Hip Hop/Funk)

July 28: Brass Buckle Band (Country)

July 29: One Moment From Glory (Rock/Pop Covers)

August 4: Hello Weekend (Top 40)
August 5: House Party (Old School R&B)

August 11: Hi Infidelity (Classic Rock)

August 12: Dishwalla (Alternative/Rock)

Alcohol is allowed only in designated areas. Alcoholic beverages are sold at various locations throughout the zoo, and they must be consumed at the point of sale. Bringing alcoholic beverages into the park is prohibited.

Brookfield Zoo is accessible via bus or train. Both options will take you to the zoo's South Gate. For more information go to

Are you bringing a group of 20 or more?  Purchase discounted tickets through Group Sales!

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.