Summer Nights

Location: East Mall

Date: Fridays & Saturdays, June 17 - Aug. 13 (4-9 p.m.)

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Our newest summertime event is back for a third season (4-9 p.m.). Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, kid entertainment, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.

Summer Nights Tickets (admission after 4:00 p.m.)

Adults: $15.95
Children: $10.95 (3 to 11)
Seniors: $10.95 (65 and over)
Price includes one attraction: Butterflies!, The Carousel, Dolphins in Action (6:00 p.m. only), Hamill Family Wild Encounters, Hamill Family Play Zoo (open until 6:00 p.m.).
Parking: $5.00

Summer Nights is FREE for Members!

Summer Nights Gate Handout (PDF)

Entertainment Schedule

Friday, 7/29
Boy Band Review

Boy Band Review

4:00 MER (Main Stage)
6:00 Magic Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Boy Band Review - 90s boy-band covers (Main Stage)
Saturday, 7/30
Billy Croft

Billy Croft & 5 Alarm

4:00 Brian Allison (Main Stage)
6:00 Juggling Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Billy Croft & The 5 Alarm - country (Main Stage)
Friday, 8/5
Willis Clan

Willis Clan

4:00 Mike Vinopal (Main Stage)
6:00 Game Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 The Willis Clan - family of 14 musicians & dancers (Main Stage)
Saturday, 8/6

Mickey Mixin' Oliver

4:00 House Party MC V103 Joe Soto with DJ Daily Chicago (Main Stage)
6:00 Juggling Circus Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 House Party MC V103 Casper, Mr. C the Slide Man, featuring DJ Mickey Mixin’ Oliver, and DJ Pump Boy Lee (Main Stage)
Download House Party Poster

Friday, 8/12
Rebirth Brass Brand

Rebirth Brass Brand

4:00 Dave Tamkin (Main Stage)
6:00 Family Magic Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Rebirth Brass Band – Grammy winning New Orleans street music (Main Stage)
Saturday, 8/13
Unity the Band

Unity the Band

4:00 Chris Moran (Main Stage)
6:00 Juggling Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Unity The Band - reggae (Main Stage)

Summer Nights Tickets (admission after 4:00 p.m.)

Alcohol is allowed only in designated areas. Alcoholic beverages are sold at various locations throughout the zoo, and they must be consumed at the point of sale. Bringing alcoholic beverages into the park is prohibited.
Brookfield Zoo is accessible via bus or train. Both options will take you to the zoo's South Gate. For more information go to


Watch the video hightlights of Summer Nights 2015:

Are you bringing a group of 20 or more?  Purchase discounted tickets through Group Sales!

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.