Directions & Parking

Take the Train to Brookfield Zoo!

Beat the Traffic with Public Transportation: If you want to skip the drive and not worry about traffic or parking, it's easy to get to Brookfield Zoo from downtown or the western suburbs via Metra's Burlington Northern Line. Exit at the Zoo Stop (Hollywood Station) and then walk two blocks northeast. You can also exit at the Brookfield station area. To obtain a train schedule, call Metra at (312) 322-6777 or visit their Web site at

Metra Map

Driving by Car

Brookfield Zoo is located at First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, just 14 miles west of downtown Chicago. There are exits to First Avenue from the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and from the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) (See detours above). Signs on First Avenue will direct you to the zoo's main entrance and zoo parking—or you can just follow the lion's roar!

North Parking Lot (Golfview Road)
GPS Address: 8400 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513

Parking Fee at the North Gate
Cars: $14.00
Buses: $20.00
A Cook County parking tax is included.
Members: Free

South Parking Lot
GPS Address: 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL 60513

Parking Fee at the South Gate
Cars: $14.00
Buses: $20.00
Members: $3.00

Visiting from Outside Chicago?

Our hotel partners can offer you some great deals on rooms and zoo admission.

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Behind the Scenes Adventure!

Go behind-the-scenes when you register for Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo.

Family Play Programs 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.