Summer Nights Concerts

Location: East Mall

Date: Fridays and Saturdays, through August 18 

Presented by 

Kids Entertainment presented by   Beer Garden sponsored by 

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, July 20-21, 27-28, August 3-4, 10-11, 17-18

Our summertime event is back for a fifth season!  Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, kids entertainment, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.


4:00 pm – Games and Craft Activities
5:00 – 9:00 pm – Roaming Entertainers
5:30 pm – Kid’s Entertainment
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Animal Ambassadors
7:00 pm – Concert (see schedule listed below)
9:00 pm – Laser Light Show Finale

Summer Nights Concerts Headliners:

July 20 – Sixteen Candles
July 21 – Saved by the 90s
July 27 – Wedding Banned
July 28 – The Ides of March
August 3 – Morry Sochat and the Special 20s
• August 4 – House Party
August 10 – Southern Accents: The Ultimate Tom Petty Experience
August 11 – Hillbilly Rockstarz
August 17 – Unity the Band
August 18 – American English

Food Specials:

Castaway Grill

  • Fried Cheese Curds

White cheddar cheese curds coated with breading, battered and fried.

  • Bacon Cheddar Burger 

1/3 lb Angus burger topped with Applewood smoked bacon on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion. Served with waffle fries.

  • BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
    Pecan wood smoked pork shoulder on a brioche bun topped with BBQ sauce. Served with waffle fries.


Castaway Pop-Up Grill

  • Beef Tenderloin Kabob

Grilled, marinated pieces of beef tenderloin, onions, red and green bell peppers, yellow squash and zucchini. Served with coleslaw.

  • Chicken Kabob
    Grilled, marinated pieces of chicken breast, onions, red and green bell peppers, yellow squash and zucchini. Served with coleslaw.

  • Kid’s Hot Dog
    Served with chips and Capri Sun fruit punch.

BZ Red Hots

  • Flatbread Veggie Pesto Pizza

Sautéed peppers and onions, tomatoes, black olives, mozzarella cheese and pesto sauce.

  • Elote Bites
    Battered nuggets with a roasted corn filling mixed with a variety of cheeses and a hint of lime. Served with sour cream.

  • Portabella Mushrooms

Breaded portabella mushroom slices. Served with marinara sauce.

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.

Summer Nights Concerts are FREE for Members!  Brookfield Zoo is accessible via bus or train. Both options will take you to the zoo's South Gate. For more information go to: Public Transport to Brookfield Zoo.

Click here for a printable version of the Summer Nights Concerts schedule.

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

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

New Penguin Encounters!

Join us for a unique close encounter with Humboldt penguins at Brookfield Zoo.

Sign Up for Zoo Classes

Parents and young explorers can experience serious fun at one of our Family Play Classes!

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.