Brookfield Zoo: What To Know Before You Go

We look forward to welcoming you to Brookfield Zoo! Enjoy our 235-acre zoological park, featuring more than 2,400 animals belonging to over 400 species. Read on to learn how to maximize your zoo visit!


All admission tickets and parking may be purchased onsite at Brookfield Zoo or by clicking here.


Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 


The following indoor buildings are currently open or will open at the designated day and time noted:

*BZ Red Hots
*Café del Sol 
*Clouded Leopard Rain Forest
*Desert's Edge 
*Feathers & Scales
*Great Bear Wilderness underwater viewing 
*Habitat Africa!: The Forest 
*Habitat Africa!: The Kopje
*Hamill Family Play Zoo (open 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 ​(goat yard and wallaby yard closed for the season, reopening Spring 2023)
*Living Coast 
*Parakeet Aviary
*Pinniped Point underwater viewing 
*Regenstein Wolf Woods indoor viewing
*Reptiles & Birds
*The Swamp
*Tropic World (Tropic World: Africa temporarily closed as of February 4)

Please note the following buildings are currently CLOSED at this time:

*Discovery Center (closed through April) 
*Peacock Café & Grill
*Seven Seas underwater viewing & Dolphins in Action

Please note that the splash pad at The Living Coast, drinking fountains, and water misters are now off for the season.


Attractions including Hamill Family Wild Encounters and playgrounds are now open.  Dolphins in Action, Carousel, Butterflies and Motor Safari are currently closed. 



Zoo maps are available on our website. You can also download a zoo map to your phone via QR codes found at the zoo. Please note that no paper maps are available at the zoo at this time. 


If you or a family member is sick, we ask that you please respect the safety of others and stay home. Please visit when you are feeling better!


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 before 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 advanced 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.


For a full list of  rules, including service animals, photography, and animal safety, visit our Park Rules page.


We look forward to welcoming you back to Brookfield Zoo! Click here to become a member and earn lots of benefits.

Consider making a donation that will immediately support our animal care and welfare programs, as well as, other critical operations of the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo. Your contribution is so important and will be used in the area of greatest need at the zoo.

In case you missed them, check out our "Bring The Zoo To You" Facebook Live chats to reacquaint yourself with our animals and see what they've been up to.

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The Chicago Zoological Society is a private, nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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