Dining

Dining at Brookfield Zoo

Whether you're in the mood for a light snack, full meal, sweet treat,or tasty beverage, you'll find it at our snack stands and restaurants. Please note: all food locations and carts offer cotton candy, pretzel & cheese, and popcorn. Hours of operation below can vary based on various factors, please consult the information boards inside both zoo gates for the most updated information each day. 

 

Locate All Your Food Options on the Zoo Map

Bean Sprouts

Located near North Gate, map location B10
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
Start your visit with some yummy snacks as you enter the North Gate. Bean Sprouts offers a selection of sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and more. You'll also find a variety of items that are allergy-friendly and contain no antibiotics or artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. 

Beer Garden on Coast Plaza

Located near Living Coast, map location G4
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
Choose from a selection of beers while also enjoying hamburgers, black bean burgers, and hot dogs. 

Bites & Brews Cart: Habitat Africa

Located near Habitat Africa: The Savannah, map location D5
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
All your festive favorites are here, including beer, pretzels with cheese, popcorn, and cotton candy.

Bites & Brews Cart: Roosevelt Fountain

Located near Roosevelt Fountain, map location E10
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
All your festive favorites are here, including beer, pretzels with cheese, popcorn, and cotton candy.

Bites & Brews Cart: Big Cats Walkway

Located on Big Cats Walkway, map location D11
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
All your festive favorites are here, including beer, pretzels with cheese, popcorn, and cotton candy.

BZ Red Hots

Located near Seven Seas, map location E13
DAILY: 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Choose from a variety of summer foods with a Chicago-style twist. Enjoy Chicago-style hot dogs, pizza, and much more. Just around the corner from Seven Seas, choose from nachos, a jumbo 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: 10:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Emerge from the Living Coast exhibit, hit the splash pad, and then feast on quesadillas, burritos, or a crunchy taco salad. There's also a burger bar, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and desserts, including Dippin’ Dots and ICEE. Want to beat the lines? Visit CZS.org/Eat and place your order online. 

The Coop Food Truck

Located on East Mall, map location E11
Weekends: 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Seasonal)
Offerings include.hand-breaded chicken tenders served in a basket or as a sandwich.

Cup & Cone

Located near South Gate, map location G10 
DAILY: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
If you're looking for a fresh cup of Starbucks® coffee or another Starbucks® treat, you'll find it here. You can also enjoy some sweet treats with your favorite ice cream flavors.

Dippin' Dots Carts

Located in various spots.
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
Look for the ultimate ice cream treat at one of the many Dippin' Dots carts located around the zoo. You'll find them at 31st Street Walkway, BZ Red Hots Plaza, North Gate, Seven Seas, Roosevelt Fountain, South Gate, and Wild Burger Plaza.

FRO-Zen: Wild Encounters

Located near Wild Encounters, map location G12
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
Get your soft-serve ice cream fix right here!

FRO-Zen: Pachyderm House

Located near Pachyderm House, map location D8
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
Get your soft-serve ice cream fix right here!

ICEE Corner

Located near Bison Yard, map location F6
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
Get your ICEE and soft-serve ice cream fix right here!

Leinie’s Lodge

Located near Carousel Plaza, map location C9
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
Cool your heels and quench your thirst with a cold beer or Mai Tai. Choose from Leinie’s Original, Summer Shandy, or Miller Lite. This one-stop North Gate shop also offers bottled soda, water, popcorn, and potato chips.

Outpost Grill

Located on East Mall, map location E11
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
When it's time to grab lunch, or just fill up along your way around the zoo, Outpost Grill has you covered. You'll find hamburgers, bean burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, french fries, and healthy kids' meals. There's also a selection of annual and seasonal beers to choose from.

Peacock Cafe and Grill

Located in Hamill Family Nature Plaza, map location G8
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
Located in Hamill Family Nature Plaza, the Peacock Café and Grill features a menu themed around sustainable dining. Options include locally grown produce, ice cream made with sustainably sourced palm oil, grass-fed beef burgers, antibiotic-free chicken, and sustainably harvested Antarctic salmon.

Pizza Joint

Located near Hamill Family Wild Encounters, map location G11
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
Pizza Joint, the newest eatery in Brookfield Zoo, is now open! Featuring pizza slices, salads, nachos, pretzels, and kids’ meals, Pizza Joint is a great spot to grab a quick bite or refill after a big day walking the zoo.

Tacos Caja Food Truck

Located on East Mall, map location E11
Weekends: 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Seasonal)
Menu features street tacos filled with onions, cilantro, fresh salsa, and a choice of chicken, pork carnitas, or vegetarian with crispy zucchini. Nachos and cinnamon sugar churros are also available to purchase.

Watering Hole

Located on East Mall, map location E11
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
Choose from a selection of beers while also enjoying hamburgers, black bean burgers, and hot dogs.

Wild Burger 

Located near Great Bear Wilderness, map location F5
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
Trekking through Great Bear Wilderness can sure make you hungry. Stop for a bite at Bison Prarie Grill. 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!

Wild Onion Brewery

Located near Bison Yard, map location F6
Hours Vary, Check Board at Gate
Here you'll find some very unique beer varities, including Hair of the Frog, a blonde ale made in collaboration with Brookfield Zoo where 10% of all sales go to the zoo. You'll also be able to grab some popcorn, pretzels with cheese, and cotton candy for the rest of your walk.

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Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo

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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.