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.

[ ** ] Vegetarian Offerings are available at selected restaurants

Zoo Map

BZ Red Hots **

Located near Seven Seas, map location E13
Currently Closed
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
Currently Closed
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.

Cup & Cone

Located near the South Gate, map location H11
Currently Closed
Start your visit with Starbucks as you enter the North Gate. Choose from brewed hot or iced coffee, Frappuccinos, lattes, and more. While there, pick a snack or dessert, from hot dogs, jumbo hot pretzels and cheese nachos to Dippin' Dots.

Pizza Joint**

Located near Hamill Family Wild Encounters, map location G11
Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Weekends: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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.

Bean Sprouts**

Located near North Gate, map location B10
Fridays: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Weekends: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Start your visit with some yummy snacks as you enter the North Gate. Bean Sprouts offers a selection of sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and more. They also offer a variety of items that are allergy-friendly and contain no antibiotics or artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. 

Peacock Cafe and Grill ** (seasonal)

Located near South Gate, map location G8
Currently Closed
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. 

Wild Burger ** (seasonal)

Located near Great Bear Wilderness, map location F5
Currently Closed
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!

Frozen (seasonal)

Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Weekends: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Located near the Nature Stage Map location E9
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 hot pretzel, popcorn, or nachos. Located near The Nature Stage.

ICEE Stop (seasonal)

Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Weekends: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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

Leinie’s Lodge (seasonal)

Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Weekends: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Located near North Gate Map location C9
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.


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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.