Saturday, September 23, 2023


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

Saturday, September 30, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Fall Recycling Day

If you've been storing items in your basement and garage, waiting for the perfect time and most Earth-friendly way to dispose of them, you can recycle them at Brookfield Zoo! Read More

Saturdays and Sundays, October 7 to 22, 2023

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, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, 2023

Día de los Muertos

Come alive and celebrate the Day of the Dead with Brookfield Zoo! Read More

November 4, 2023
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12, 2023

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 18, 2023

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

  • November 24-26, 30, December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-23, 26-31

Holiday Magic

Chicagoland’s holiday tradition for over 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?

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.