April 1, 2022 Through October 30, 2022

Ice Age Giants

This Summer at Brookfield Zoo: Ice Age Giants!  Read More

Fridays and Saturdays in July 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Twilight Tunes

Twilight Tunes, our new summer concert series, comes to Brookfield Zoo in July! Read More

Saturday, August 27, 2022


Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales...all at Brookfield Zoo's ZooBrew on Saturday, August 27. ZooBrew is a fun-filled, unique beer-tasting event!  Read More

Saturday, September 17, 2022

HOWL: Helping Our WildLife

The Chicago Zoological Society Associates is a volunteer group of dedicated young professionals who share an interest in animals and conservation. Please join us for an evening with regional hors d'oeuvres and drinks throughout Brookfield Zoo's Habitat Africa and Great Bear Wildernes... Read More

Sunday, September 11, 2022, 8:30 a.m.


Join us for ZooRun - with courses entirely within the world renowned Brookfield Zoo! Each year more species lose their race for survival and disappear from the wild. But it is a race we can win, and YOU CAN HELP! Read More

September 24, 2022


Zoogoers can toss on their lederhosen and enjoy live polka music at the Beer Garden from 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Brookfield Zoo’s East Mall to celebrate Oktoberfest. The event is free with general admission.  Read More

Saturdays and Sundays, October 8 to 23, 2022

Boo! at the Zoo

Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin’ good time! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy! Read More

Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2022

Tree Trim

Does your community group want to get into the holiday spirit? Join Brookfield Zoo in gearing up for our Holiday Magic celebration by participating in Tree Trim. Read More

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Reindeer Run

Bring the whole family out for a night under the lights at the Reindeer Run!  This two-mile fun run is perfect for everyone! Read More

Friday through Sunday, November 25-27; Wednesday through Sunday, November 30, December 1-4, 7-11, 14-18; Monday through Saturday, December 26-31

Holiday Magic

Chicagoland’s holiday tradition for 40 years with over two million twinkling LED lights! It's the most fun you'll have this holiday season. Read More

What's Happening?

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.