We are very excited to welcome you back to Brookfield Zoo!

Please be aware of changes to our admission and parking policies below. 


Reservations are NO LONGER REQUIRED to visit Brookfield Zoo! While you are able to reserve your tickets beforehand, members and guests are welcome to arrive at the zoo without a reservation. If you previously reserved tickets and parking for your zoo visit, you are welcome to enter the zoo at any time during that day. If you have a general admission pass with a barcode, a member guest pass, a Chicago Public Library Museum Pass, or a Museum Adventure Pass, you can bring that directly to the zoo for entry, no reservation required. 

Members are no longer required to reserve a time for entry, while guests can purchase admission before arrival if they wish to avoid lines and waiting. If you do purchase admission tickets online, please note that all tickets are non-refundable and no rain checks will be made. We appreciate your understanding!

For group of 20 or more, please click here to purchase admission tickets.

We once again accept cash for admission, parking, attractions, food, beverage, and merchandise purchases at the zoo.

Please note that we no longer offer pre-payment for parking. Any parking fees must be paid for upon arrival at the zoo. Members park for free in the north parking lot. If you previously purchased parking through our reservation system, please bring your confirmation email with you.

The health and safety of our animals, staff, and guests are of paramount importance. Operations of the zoo grounds will be managed accordingly. While that means that many of our animal exhibits and attractions are once again available to all guests, some buildings and attractions remain closed at this time. Public access to buildings is subject to change. 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.

*BZ Red Hots
*Cafe del Sol
*Clouded Leopard Rain Forest
*Desert's Edge
*Great Bear Wilderness underwater viewing
*Habitat Africa!: The Forest
*Habitat Africa!: The Kopje
*Hamill Family Wild Encounters
*Living Coast (and splash pad outside)
*Pinniped Point underwater viewing
*Regenstein Wolf Woods indoor viewing
*Reptiles & Birds
*Seven Seas underwater viewing & Dolphins in Action
*The Swamp
*Tropic World: South America & Tropic World: Asia

‚ÄčAll indoor buildings not mentioned, except for bathrooms, are currently closed. 

Attractions including Dolphins in Action (masks required), Hamill Family Wild Encounters, The Carousel, Motor Safari, the splash pad at The Living Coast, all playgrounds, and the water misters are now open. Butterflies! and Hamill Family Play Zoo are not currently operating.

For more information about your upcoming visit, check out our Know Before You Go page

If you would like to reserve tickets, just click the button below and you'll be taken to the appropriate ticketing page. If you would like to become a member in order to take advantage of the many benefits of membership, including free parking, guest passes, member discounts, and more, click here to find the membership level that works for you! 


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Every member receives

  • FREE admission for one year
  • FREE parking for one vehicle at the main entrance (1st Ave. and 31st Street)
  • Discount parking at the south entrance
  • Member discounts on selected attractions inside the zoo
  • Publications including member emails and Gateways, the quarterly member magazine
  • Monthly specials at shops
  • Restaurant discounts
  • Education program, and special event discounts

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