Summer Nights

Location: East Mall

Date: Fridays & Saturdays, June 5 - Aug. 8

Our newest summertime event is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever, with more evenings than before! Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine gardens, roaming entertainment, live music, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.

Purchase Summer Nights Tickets

Members FREE admission
Adults: $14.95 (Admission + 1 Attraction)
Children/Seniors: $9.95 (Admission + 1 Attraction)

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Kid's Stage presented by  Julie logo   811 logo

Watch the video hightlights of Summer Nights:


Schedule of Entertainment

The Boat Drunks

Friday, July 31
4:00 Zoie Moser
5:00-9:00 Beach Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Jeanie McQueenie - puppetry
7:00 The Boat Drunks – beach music
Mr. Blotto

Saturday, August 1
4:00 John Charles Weston
5:00-9:00 Beach Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Will Casey - storytelling
7:00 Mr. Blotto – Jam band
Sixteen Candles

Friday, August 7
4:00 Brent Brown
5:00-9:00 Circus Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Edd Fairman - magic show
7:00 Sixteen Candles – 80’s cover band

Saturday, August 8
4:00 Jennifer Fletcher
5:00-9:00 Circus Themed Roaming Entertainment
6:00 Parky - clown show
7:00 Johnnyswim – folk, soul, blues, pop music
with opening act: Jennifer Fletcher


All concerts are free with general zoo admission or zoo membership and take place on the East Mall. Limited lawn seating is available. Limited parking is available in zoo lots so carpooling or public transportation are recommended. Use RTA PACE ( bus routes 304 (on Friday) or 331 or Burlington Northern Santa Fe Metra trains (

  • Please park in the zoo's main (North) parking lot.
  • No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed.
  • No bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and skates allowed in zoo.
  • No pets.
  • Talent is subject to change, delay, or cancellation.

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 uniqe 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.