The safety of our members, guests, staff and animals is our highest priority, which is why we have made some changes in our operations to provide you with a memorable experience. Be sure to familiarize yourself with our Know Before You Go updates so you have all the important information needed for your upcoming Zoo visit.

Please Note: on Holiday Magic dates, Brookfield Zoo is open from 3 to 9 p.m. only.

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I need to purchase a new admission ticket
Use this link to purchase new general admission tickets as well as parking passes for entry to the zoo.

I have a general admission pass with a barcode
Use this link to exchange general admission passes for timed tickets. If you do not have a free parking pass, you can pre-pay for parking at this link. If you are bringing additional guests, please follow the instructions to purchase new admission tickets. Zoo Admission and Parking passes must be presented with your timed tickets and surrendered at entry.

I have a member guest pass I need to exchange
Use this link to exchange membership one-time-use guest admission passes for timed tickets. These are NOT for member tickets, but ONLY for the one-time-use guest admission tickets that are issued at some membership levels.  One-time use guest admission tickets do not allow for parking. You can pre-pay for parking at this link. If you are bringing additional guests, please follow the instructions to purchase new admission tickets. Member Guest Admission Passes must be presented with your timed tickets and surrendered at entry.

I am an active reservist or retired military member

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.

Use this link to reserve one free military ticket for yourself and pre-pay for your parking. If you are bringing additional guests, please follow the instructions to purchase new admission tickets. Please present your military ID and your timed tickets at one of the zoo's admission booths for entry.
 

I have a library pass

Brookfield Zoo currently accepts the Chicago Public Library Museum Pass, which can be checked out from Chicago libraries, as well as the Museum Adventure Pass, which can be checked out from specific Chicagoland librariesPasses must be presented with your timed tickets and surrendered at entry.

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If you would like to become a member in order to take advantage of the varied benefits of membership, including free parking, guest passes, member discounts, and more, click here to find the membership level that works for you! 

Every member receives

  • FREE admission for one year
  • FREE parking for one vehicle at the main entrance (1st Ave. and 31st Street)
  • Discount parking at the south entrance
  • Member discounts on selected attractions inside the zoo
  • Publications including member emails and Gateways, the quarterly member magazine
  • Monthly specials at shops
  • Restaurant discounts
  • Education program, and special event discounts


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Membership Discount

Members receive a 10% discount on food and drink purchases at Brookfield Zoo restaurants and receive special offers at zoo gift shops. Check out the special offer for the current month.

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