Brookfield Zoo: What To Know Before You Go

The health and safety of our animals, staff, and guests are of paramount importance. Following the State of Illinois Mandate, masks are required to be worn inside all buildings.

  • Beginning January 3, 2022, Cook County will require all individuals 5 years of age and older to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to dine at any of our restaurants or attend a private catered event.
  • Brookfield Zoo will not require proof of vaccination to enter the zoo, visit the indoor animal exhibits, use the restrooms or to purchase food to-go from outdoor or indoor restaurant locations. 



All admission tickets and parking may be purchased onsite at Brookfield Zoo. We are working on improving our online ticketing system, and advance tickets are not available at this time. Check back in the spring!


Please note that masks remain required inside ALL buildings at Brookfield Zoo (children 2 & under not required to wear masks). 
The following indoor buildings are currently open or will open at the designated day and time noted:

*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 Wild Encounters
*Living Coast
*Parakeet Aviary
*Pinniped Point underwater viewing
*Regenstein Wolf Woods indoor viewing
*Reptiles & Birds
*Seven Seas underwater viewing & Dolphins in Action
*The Swamp

Please note the following buildings are currently CLOSED at this time:
*BZ Red Hots
*Hamill Family Play Zoo (for more information on schedule and safety protocols click here)
*Peacock Café & Grill
*Tropic World

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


Attractions including Dolphins in Action, Hamill Family Wild Encounters, and playgrounds are now open. The Carousel, Hamill Family Play Zoo, Butterflies! and Motor Safari are not currently operating. *(For more information on schedule and safety protocols click here)


Masks are required inside Dolphins in Action


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!


Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the park. Please follow the CDC guidelines by washing your hands for 20 seconds.


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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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