Travel Programs

Join Brookfield Zoo and Shedd Aquarium members on one of these epic journeys to view wild animals and create lifetime memories.


October 31 to November 11, 2020

Your first animal-viewing opportunity is at Lake Manyara National Park, which boasts over 350 bird species: Verreaux’s eagle, a variety of vultures, swifts, and swallows winging their way atop the spectacular cliffs overlooking a shimmering Lake Manyara. Flocks of flamingos, pelicans, and storks can give the lake a pinkish hue. Springs in the park’s northern end support a dense groundwater forest. Baobab trees are home to blue and vervet monkeys and baboons.

Next up is Ngorongoro Crater, an extinct volcano that plays host to lions, hyenas, wildebeests, zebras, porcupines, buffalo, elephants, and more—including rare black rhinos.

At the famous Olduvai Gorge, where the renowned Louis and Mary Leakey made some of archaeology’s most amazing discoveries, you can tour the museum before heading out into the spectacular Serengeti, where millions of wildebeests and hundreds of thousands of zebras migrate each year, followed by predators such as cheetahs and leopards. Explore the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre to discover all you would want to know about this World Biosphere Reserve.

Walk in the footsteps of Hemingway in the Grumeti River area, which features pools of fierce creatures like crocodiles and hippos. Also among this area’s residents are lions and leopards, which you can watch from your camp, an elegant Victorian-era, tented outpost set upon a hill.


Click here for a full itinerary and trip options. To book your trip or for more information on travel, please call (708) 688-8348 or fill out the reservation form here.

And coming in 2021...


March 19 to 27, 2021​

Join Brookfield Zoo members and Shedd Aquarium members for adventure as an elegant riverboat becomes your home for seven days. Gaze at the stars and hear amazing stories told by guides as you float your way from Iquitos to the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers—the western origin of the Amazon.

Hop aboard excursion boats to search for oriole blackbirds, green ibises, and yellow-headed caracaras, as well as monkeys and sloths. Folklore and science come alive as you look for pink river dolphins and squirrel monkeys.

Explore Pacaya-Samiria Reserve aboard excursion boats and hike the rain forest on the lookout for capybaras, caimans, bats, and other animals—at night. During the day, you may be able to find scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks, and red howler monkeys.

Stop over at a riverbank village owned by the Ribereño people and visit a school and talk to the shaman. Continue your adventure with more bird-watching, and try your hand at fishing for piranhas.

Shedd Aquarium’s vice president of environmental quality, Allen LaPointe, will lead this trip.

Details TBD.

For more information on travel, please call (708) 688-8348.



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  • 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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