Summer Nights

Location: East Mall

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

Summer Nights is presented by 
Kids Stage is presented by  

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.

Purchase Tickets for Summer Nights

Summer Nights are FREE for Members!

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, July 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, August 4-5, 11-12

4:00-6:00 p.m. - Opening act on the Main Stage
4:00-8:30 p.m. - Kid Crafts
5:00-6:30 p.m. - Animal Ambassador
5:30 p.m. - Rhino Zoo Chat
6:00 p.m. - Dolphins in Action
6:00 p.m. - Kid's Entertainment on the Kid's Stage presented by JULIE, Inc.
6:30 p.m. - Giraffe Zoo Chat

7:00 p.m. - Headliners on the Main Stage
9:00 p.m. - Laser light show at the Main Stage

July 28:
4pm: Makena Hartlin
6pm: Juggling Show
7pm: Brass Buckle Band (Country)

July 29:
4pm: Mark Konzen
6pm: Juggling Circus Show
7pm: One Moment From Glory (Rock/Pop Covers)

August 4:
4pm: Mike Hayes
6pm: Puppet Show
7pm: Hello Weekend (Top 40)

August 5:
4pm: DJ
6pm: Safari Show
7pm: House Party DJ (Tim Spinnin' Schommer)

August 11:
4pm: Tim Flynn
6pm: Variety Show
7pm: Hi Infidelity (Classic Rock)

August 12:
4pm: Amy Yore
6pm: Variety Show
7pm: Dishwalla (Alternative/Rock)


Purchase Tickets for Summer Nights

Summer Nights are FREE for Members!

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.

Click here to print a copy of the Summer Nights schedule.  

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, presented by Meijer, has roared to life at Brookfield Zoo for the summer, including a live Komodo Dragon and other amazing reptiles!


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!

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.