New 3D Theater!

Visit the NEW 3D theater in the Discovery Center to enjoy an incredible immersive nature experience! The 20-minute 3D films – Wild Africa and Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D – alternate throughout the day, with a showing starting every half hour.*

Members please note: this premium attraction does not accept Member Attraction Vouchers, nor does it qualify as an Unlimited membership attraction benefit. All current members are eligible for the discounted member rate for this premium attraction.

* Some dates not available.  Please go to for full schedule.

New Amazing Arachnids Exhibit!

Join us for an aMAZEing time weaving your way through a new temporary exhibit—Amazing Arachnids! The interactive and engaging experience continues through September 3, featuring two components: The Art and Science of Arachnids and Mission Safari. Go to for details.

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Dolphins in Action

(effective Saturday, May 26)

Monday to Wednesday: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Thursday to Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.*, 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

*On Fridays and Saturdays from July 6 to August 18, there will be a 6:00 p.m. Dolphins in Action instead of at 1:00 p.m.

Adults: $5.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.00
Children 3 to 11: $3.00

Get to know our dolphins through an exciting and educational Dolphins in Action! Learn about dolphin social structures and adaptations as our dolphins captivate you with aerial displays and other exhibitions that show off their incredible intelligence and agility.

Dolphins in Action is sponsored by

Amita Health

Hamill Family Wild Encounters

$5 Adults ($2.50 for Members)
$3 Children ages 3 to 11 ($1.50 for Members)
$3 Seniors 65 and over. ($1.50 for Members)
Members: 1/2 price

The just over 3-acre exhibit, geared toward guests of all ages, will feature unforgettable hands-on experiences that include opportunities to touch and feed animals, including parakeets and goats. There will also be red pandas, llamas, alpacas, wallabies, and reindeer as well as additional up-close encounters with more animal ambassadors.

Hamill Family Play Zoo

The Play Zoo is ready to welcome guests at 9:30 a.m. each day and will close to get ready to play again one half hour every evening before the park closes.

The award-winning Hamill Family Play Zoo is like no other place you’ve visited! Children will have fun touching, exploring, building, and playing while connecting with nature. They can pretend to be a zoo keeper, dress up like a lemur, or make some crafts. The primary goal is to foster feelings of love and caring toward nature by doing, rather than communicating scientific concepts or facts.

The Carousel

Tickets (weather permitting):
Adults and children: $3.00
Seniors 65 and over: $3.00
Members: 1/2 price
All seated riders require a ticket.

Weather permitting: Take a spin in one of the largest hand-carved wooded carousels in the country! Located near the zoo’s North Gate entrance, The Carousel features 72 animals, some highly endangered, and three stationary animal chariots.

Motor Safari


Adults: $5.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.00
Children 3 to 11: $3.00
Members: 1/2 price

Hop on board the zoo’s open-air Motor Safari trams and take a narrated tour of the entire zoo. Your Motor Safari ticket entitles you to ride all day. You can get on or off at any of four stations:

  • North (near Carousel)
  • South (near Hamill Family Play Zoo)
  • West (near Great Bear Wilderness)
  • East (near BZ Red Hots)

Umbrella type folding strollers are allowed on the Motor Safari as space allows.
Environmentally friendly natural gas from Nicor Gas, our official partner in "creature comfort," powers these vehicles.
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Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

New Penguin Encounters!

Join us for a unique close encounter with Humboldt penguins at Brookfield Zoo.

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Behind the Scenes Adventure!

Go behind-the-scenes when you register for Backstage Adventures 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.