General Information

General Information

Zoo Hours

Sun - Thurs: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fri - Sat: 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Summer Nights Concerts)

Please note: Indoor animal exhibits close 30 minutes before general zoo closing, except for Tropic World, which closes 45 minutes before general zoo closing. 
If purchasing tickets for Summer Nights Concerts, please note: Only select animal exhibits are open late. 
Click here for more information about the Summer Nights Concerts lineup and animal exhibit schedule.

Zoo Map

Admission

Adults: $21.95 ($20.95 online)
Seniors 65 and over: $15.95 ($14.95 online)
Children 3 to 11: $15.95 ($14.95 online)

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Tickets must be used within a 12-month period.

Join Brookfield Zoo!

Get Free Admission and Parking Year-Round
Become a zoo member! You'll receive free admission and parking for one year, the quarterly member's newsletter, discounts at the zoo's shops and restaurants, and guest passes, plus discounts on special attractions throughout the year.

Group Sales

If you have a group of 20 or more guests and will be traveling to Brookfield Zoo via bus, we offer group rates. Tickets must be reserved and paid for at least 7-10 days prior to your visit. Tickets are non-refundable and valid only on the date of your visit.

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Parking

Cars $14.00
Buses $20.00

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.

Attractions

Dolphins in Action

Monday - Wednesday: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sunday: 11:30 a.m.,1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.*

Friday, Saturday: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.

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

Hamill Family Play Zoo

The Play Zoo is ready to welcome guests at 10:00 a.m. each day and will close to get ready to play again one half hour every evening before the park closes.

Adults: $3.00 ($1.50 for Members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.00 ($1.50 for Members)
Children 3 to 11: $3.00 ($1.50 for Members)

Members: Half price

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.
 

Hamill Family Wild Encounters

Adults: $5.00 ($2.50 for Members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.00 ($1.50 for Members)
Children 3 to 11: $3.00 ($1.50 for Members)

Members: Half 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.
 

The Carousel

Adults and children: $3.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.00

Members: Half 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

Tickets allow guests to ride all day.

Adults: $5.00 ($2.50 for Members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.00 ($1.50 for Members)
Children 3 to 11: $3.00 ($1.50 for Members)

Members: Half price
 

Stroller/Wagon Rentals

Rentals are available near the North and South Gates.
Wheelchairs $12.00 (plus credit card deposit)
Wagons: $13.00 (plus $10 deposit)
Dolphin Strollers: $10.00 (plus $10 deposit)
Electronic Convenience Vehicle: $25.00

Please note: Brookfield Zoo requests a deposit with all rentals. For rental of electronic convenience vehicles (ECV) and wheelchair rentals, the zoo requires credit card information as a security deposit. The zoo has a limited number of ECVs and wheelchairs for rent. Please call (708) 688-8347 to reserve an ECV or wheelchair in advance to assure one is available for your visit. Same day reservations are not accepted.
 

Smoking

For the safety and welfare of our animals and visitors, smoking is prohibited except in designated smoking areas. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Pets

Please do not bring your pets to the zoo. Pets are not allowed within the Zoo under any circumstances and are not to be left locked in personal vehicles during a zoo visit.  Service animals are allowed, but guests are to alert the Gate Attendant upon arrival. A Service Animal Map (with locations that may not be ideal for service animals to go) will be provided to you upon your arrival or are available by clicking Service Animal Map.

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.