Non-School Groups

Daycare, Private Pre-School, After School, Scouts, Park District, Montessori, Camp, Church Groups, and other Groups

Private Pre-Schools (from programs not located in a grammar school), day care centers, and after-school groups do not qualify for free school field trips. Children and their adult supervisors must pay normal zoo admission upon entry. No advanced reservations are necessary.

General Zoo Admission
Adults $19.85
Seniors 65 and Over $14.50
Children (3 to 11) $14.50
Members: Free

Zoo admission is free on:

  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from January 1 through February 28.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 1 through December 31. Free admission is good only during normal zoo hours. Zoo admission fees apply to Holiday Magic.

Zoo Parking
Car/Van parking: $12.00*
Bus parking: $15.00*

Member Cars:
North Lot: Free
South Lot: $2.00

*Cook County parking tax is included.

Groups of 20 or More

If you are a non-school group but will be purchasing at least 20 tickets, your group qualifies for discounted admission.

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Dinos & Dragons

Dinos & Dragons!

Dinos & Dragons roars to life May 6-September 17, including a 6-foot Komodo Dragon and other live reptiles. Presented by Meijer.


Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Behind the Scenes Adventure!

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