Dining

Dining at Brookfield Zoo
 
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Want a light snack or a full meal? Whether you're in the mood for a sweet treat, a burger and fries, burritos or light and healthy choices, you'll find it at our snack stands and restaurants.

[ ** ] Vegetarian Offerings are available at selected restaurants

Zoo Map

Bison Prairie Grill **

Located near Great Bear Wilderness Map location F5
Closed for the Season

Does trekking through Great Bear Wilderness make you hungry? Stop for a breath and a bite. From hot sandwiches, all beef hot dogs, pizzas and specialty salads, you are sure to satisfy the hunger of your entire group. Kids’ Animeals are also available. Choose from fountain drinks, water, juice, coffee, and a selection of beers. Top your day off with a sweet treat, from root beer floats to Dippin’ Dots!

BZ Red Hots **

Located near Seven Seas Map location E13
Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Choose from a variety of summer foods—Chicago style! From Chicago hot dogs to Italian beef, you are sure to satisfy your hunger. Just a leap away from Seven Seas, choose from nachos, a hot pretzel, or chips for a quick snack. Also available are Miller Lite, seasonal brews, and an assortment of beverages including ICEE.

Café del Sol **

Located near Living Coast Map location H5
Daily: 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Emerge from the Living Coast exhibit, hit the splash pad, and then feast on fish tacos, burritos, or a crunchy taco salad. Choose from chicken, ground beef, or pork. Also available are sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and desserts, including Dippin’ Dots and ICEE.

All American Popcorn

Located near BZ Red Hots Map location F12
Closed for the Season
Caramel, cheese, Chicago mix popcorn, cotton cany, and bottled beverages

Frosty Treats (seasonal)

Located near the Nature Stage Map location E9
Closed for the Season
Stay in the shade or take it to go. Choose from Dippin’ Dots, soft serve ice cream, root beer floats, or an ICEE to go with your jumbo pretzel, popcorn, or nachos. Located near The Nature Stage.

ICEE World (seasonal)

Located near Formal Pool Map location G6
Closed for the Season
More than ICEE’s, this stand offers fountain drinks, water, Dippin' Dots, and snacks such as popcorn and potato chips.

Leinie’s Lodge (seasonal)

Located near North Gate Map location C9
Closed for the Season
Cool your heels and quench your thirst with a cold beer or a Mai Tai.   Choose from Leinie’s Honey Weiss, Seasonal Brew, or Miller Lite.  This one-stop North Gate shop offers bottled soda, water, popcorn, and potato chips to keep the whole troop happy!

North Gate Coffee and Snacks

Located near North Gate Map location C9
Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Start your visit with Starbucks as you enter the North Gate. Choose from brewed hot or iced coffee, Frappuccino, lattes, and more. Pick a snack or dessert, from hot dogs, pretzels and cheese nachos to Dippin' Dots.

Scoops Ice Cream **

Map location H8
Closed for the Season
Enjoy a BZ Blaster with your choice of toppings, from Heath Bars, M&M’s, Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and more at this ice cream and sandwich shop, located behind the Wildlife Trading Post shop. Here are all your dessert favorites, including sundaes and funnel cakes. Save some room for lunch! Choose from our sandwich board, which includes unique vegetarian items, a la carte or in a combo.

South Gate Coffee and Snacks

Located near the South Gate Map location H11
Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fuel up with Starbucks as you enter the South Gate. Choose from brewed hot or iced coffee, Frappuccino, lattes, and more. Pick a snack or dessert, from cheese nachos to Dippin’ Dots.

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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.