General Information

General Information

 

Zoo Hours

Daily 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Open Buildings 


Please note that buildings may temporarily close due to animal needs or maintenance.

The following buildings are currently CLOSED at this time:

*Discovery Center
*Pachyderms 
*Peacock Café & Grill
*Seven Seas underwater viewing & Dolphins in Action (Building is currently under renovation and will reopen later this year)
*Tropic World closed June 5-9

Please note that the splash pad returns on May 27. Drinking fountains and water misters are currently on for the season.


Admission


‚ÄčAdults: $29.95
Seniors 65 and over: $24.95
Children 3 to 11: $20.95

Zoo admission and all available attractions are FREE for children 2 and under. 
For group of 20 or more, please click here for more information.
 

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. The military benefit does not extend to family members. Payment for parking is required. Please present your military ID at one of the zoo's admission booths for entry.
 

Parking 

Guests can park in either the North Parking Lot (8400 31st Street, Brookfield, IL) or South Parking Lot (3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL). Click here for directions to either lot. There are drop-off/pick-up areas available at both lots. 


North Gate Parking:
Cars: $17.00
Buses: $25.00
Cook County parking tax & Illinois Parking Excise Tax included.
Members: Free
 

South Gate Parking:
Cars: $20.00
Buses: $25.00
Cook County parking tax & Illinois Parking Excise Tax included.
Members: $7.00

Click here for directions if traveling by car. Click here for information if traveling via public transit. 


Membership

Get Free Admission & Free Parking Year-Round
Become a zoo member! You’ll receive free admission and parking for one year, a member’s email newsletter, guest admission passes, and discounts on special attractions throughout the year.  Membership benefits are available for use immediately after purchase.


Zoo Maps

• Zoo Map
• Zoo Walking Map
• Service Animal Map
• Quiet Locations Map

When you arrive at the zoo, you can download a map to your phone via QR codes available near the main gates. Please note that no paper maps are available at the zoo at this time. 


Attractions

Dolphins in Action (Currently Closed)

Get to know our dolphins through the exciting and educational Dolphins in Action! Learn about dolphin social structures and adaptations as our dolphins captivate you with aerial displays and other exhibitions that show off their incredible intelligence and agility. This exhibit closed for maintenance on October 17, 2022. 

TICKETS
Adults
: $6.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $4.00 
Children 3 to 11: $3.00

SCHEDULE

Currently closed


Hamill Family Play Zoo

At the award-winning Hamill Family Play Zoo, young children and their families explore, play, and learn by doing. Our goal is for our guests to have fun and grow their lifelong connections with animals and nature.


TICKETS
General Admission: $2.00 
Basic Membership: $1.00 or member voucher
Plus Membership or Unlimited Membership: Free
Children 2 & under: Free
 

SCHEDULE
Mondays-Thursdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fridays-Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sundays 12 - 4 p.m.


Hamill Family Wild Encounters

A great time for guests of all ages, Hamill Family Wild Encounters features unforgettable hands-on experiences that include opportunities to interact with and feed animals, including parakeets and goats. Guests can also get up close with red pandas, llamas, wallabies, and reindeer as well as meet with various Animal Ambassadors throughout the day. 

Seed sticks for parakeets are available for $2.00 each and sold inside the aviary. Credit cards only.


TICKETS 
Adults
: $6.00 ($3.00 for members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $4.00 ($2.00 for members)
Children 3 to 11: $3.00 ($1.50 for members)

SCHEDULE
Daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The Carousel 

Weather permitting: Take a spin in one of the largest hand-carved wooden carousels in the country! Located near the zoo’s North Gate entrance, The Carousel features 72 animals to choose from, some representing highly endangered animals from around the world, as well as three stationary animal chariots. Please Note: All seated riders require a ticket.

TICKETS
Adults
: $4.00 ($2.00 for members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.50 ($1.75 for members)
Children 0 to 11: $3.00 ($1.50 for members)

 

Butterflies! (Closed for the season) 

Discover some of nature's most colorful creatures - butterflies! Observe as these species native to North America fly around the pond, up into the sky, land on some flowers, and possibly land on you! This exhibit also features a 'pupa room' where you can watch the transformation from pupa to caterpillar to butterfly! *May be weather dependent.

TICKETS
Adults
: $4.00 ($2.00 for members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.50 ($1.75 for members)
Children 3 to 11: $3.00 ($1.50 for members)

 


Safari Tours 

Hop aboardour Safari Tours for a narrated ride around Brookfield Zoo! You'll get to know all the exhibits and fun things to do here at the zoo while also learning about the conservation work we do as well as get insights into the history of the Chicago Zoological Society. It's a great way to relax while getting the most out of your Brookfield Zoo experience. Please Note: All riders require a ticket. Schedule varies.

TICKETS
Adults
: $6.00 ($3.00 for members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $4.00 ($2.00 for members)
Children 3 to 11: $3.00 ($1.50 for members)

 


ECV/Stroller/Wagon Rentals

Rentals are available near the North and South Gates. 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.

Dolphin Stroller: $10.00
Wagon: $13.00
Single Stroller: $10.00
Double Stroller: $13.00
Wheelchair: $15.00 
Electronic Convenience Vehicle: $30.00 
*A cash deposit of $10.00 is required with stroller and wagon rentals.
*Credit cards are necessary for ECV and wheelchair rentals.


Accessibility

For Wheelchair or Electronic Convenience Vehicle (“ECV”) rentals, please call (708) 688-8347 to reserve one in advance of your visit. If you call and leave a message prior to 5:00 p.m., someone will get back to you the same day. For a description of all the rentals available and associated costs, please click on “Rental (Alquiler)” below. An advance reservation for a stroller or wagon is not needed. Same day reservations for wheelchairs and ECVs are not accepted. For more information, visit our Accessibility page.
 

Free Days

  • Check back for future free days at Brookfield Zoo!

 

Park Rules

For a full list of  rules, including service animals, allowed food, attire requirements, and animal safety, visit our Park Rules page.

What's Happening

 

Penguin Encounters!

Join us for a unique close encounter with Humboldt penguins 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.