Summer Nights Concerts

Location: East Mall

Date: Fridays and Saturdays, June 21 through August 10

Presented by meijer Sponsored by  JULIE811 Beer Garden sponsored byMiller Lite

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

*Due to the extreme temperatures this weekend, some activities will be modified or cancelled.  


5:00 p.m. – Games and Craft Activities 
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Roaming Entertainers
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Animal Ambassadors
7:00 p.m. – Concert (see schedule listed below)
9:00 p.m. – Laser Light Show Finale

Summer Nights Concerts Headliners: 

•Friday, July 19 – Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press 
•Saturday, July 20 – Mr. Blotto's 50th Anniversary of Woodstock 
•Friday, July 26 – Jimmy Buffett Tribute featuring Mr. Myers
•Saturday, July 27 – American English
•Friday, August 2 – Rumours (Fleetwood Mac Tribute)
•Saturday, August 3 – House Party with DJ Joey Figueroa and Julian "Jumpin" Perez
•Friday, August 9 – Semple
•Saturday, August 10 – The Boy Band Night

Open until 8:30 pm:

• Brick Safari*
• Butterflies!*
• The Carousel*
• Clouded Leopard Rain Forest
• Desert's Edge
• Dolphin Underwater Viewing
• Hamill Family Wild Encounters*
• Pinniped Point
• The Swamp
*Additional fee applies.


Where does Summer Nights Concerts take place?
On the East Mall, between BZ Red Hots restaurant and Roosevelt Fountain.  

Do I need to bring my own chairs/blankets? 
Yes. Picnic table seating is extremely limited and first come, first served so we recommend bringing your own lawn chairs and blankets.  

Are outside food and drinks allowed?
You can bring outside food and non-alcoholic drinks to Summer Nights Concerts.  Food and drinks will also be available for purchase at several locations including Castaway Grill, BZ Red Hots, and the Beer Garden.  

Is alcohol allowed at Summer Nights Concerts? 
Alcohol is allowed in designated areas. Alcoholic beverages are sold at various locations throughout the zoo, and they must be consumed at the point of sale.

Can alcohol be brought to Summer Nights Concerts?
Bringing alcoholic beverages into the park is prohibited.

How much does it cost to attend Summer Nights Concerts? 
Summer Nights Concerts are FREE for Members!  Non-members can buy a general admission ticket to attend Summer Nights Concerts. 

Will any animal buildings be open? 
Some animal buildings will close at 5:30 pm and some will remain open until 8:30 pm.  See the schedule above or click here for the full listing of activities

What happens if it rains?
Summer Nights Concerts take place rain or shine but can be cancelled at any time due to wind, lightning, or severe weather.

How do I get to Brookfield Zoo?
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.

I am bringing a large group to a concert.  Are there any discounts? 
Groups of 20 or more qualify for a discount.  Purchase tickets through Group Sales!

All programming is subject to change. All ticket sales are final.  No refunds or exchanges will be given.  

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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.