Summer Nights

Location: East Mall

Date: Fridays & Saturdays, June 17 - Aug. 13 (4-9 p.m.)

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Our newest summertime event is back for a third season (4-9 p.m.). Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, kid entertainment, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature. More details to come.

Entertainment Schedule

Friday, 6/17
4:00 Ethan Butler (Main Stage)
6:00 Game Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Mississippi Heat - blues (Main Stage)
Saturday, 6/18
4:00 Daniel Wade
6:00 Juggling Variety Show
7:00 Sushi Roll – top 40
Friday, 6/24
4:00 The Pheromones
6:00 Juggling Variety Show
7:00 Marcia Ball - blues
Saturday, 6/25
4:00 Dana Lawrence Gillis
6:00 Family Magic Show
7:00 Run Forest Run - 90s covers
Friday, 7/1
4:00 Cheryl Rodey
6:00 Unicycle Show
7:00 Mr. Meyers - beach music
Saturday, 7/2
4:00 Tim Flynn
6:00 Magic Show
7:00 Infinity - 80s covers
Friday, 7/8
4:00 Erik Donner
6:00 Game Show
7:00 Sixteen Candles - 80s covers
Saturday, 7/9
4:00 Makena Hartlin Trio
6:00 Juggling Variety Show
7:00 Nick Lynch - country
Friday, 7/15
4:00 Benny Basserr
6:00 Juggling Magic Show
7:00 American English - Beatles tribute
Saturday, 7/16
4:00 Brent Brown
6:00 Family Magic Show
7:00 Ides of March - 60s, 70s local rock legends (also Survivor and 38 Special)
Friday, 7/22
4:00 Valentine Bennett
6:00 Game Show
7:00 Swing Assembly – swing to pop
Saturday, 7/23
4:00 Ron Starr
6:00 Game Show
7:00 Frisky Taylor – top 40
Friday, 7/29
4:00 MER
6:00 Magic Show
7:00 Boy Band Review - 90s boy-band covers
Saturday, 7/30
4:00 Brian Allison
6:00 Juggling Show
7:00 Billy Croft & The 5 Alarm - country
Friday, 8/5
4:00 Mike Vinopal
6:00 Game Show
7:00 The Willis Clan- family of 14 musicians & dancers
Saturday, 8/6
4:00 House DJ
6:00 Juggling Circus Show
7:00 House Party featuring DJ Maurice “ICE” Culpepper, with DJ Gene Hunt, and DJ Alicia
Friday, 8/12
4:00 Dave Tamkin
6:00 Family Magic Show
7:00 Rebirth Brass Band – Grammy winning New Orleans street music
Saturday, 8/13
4:00 Chris Moran
6:00 Juggling Show
7:00 Unity The Band - reggae

Watch the video hightlights of Summer Nights 2015:


Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Behind the Scenes Adventure!

Go behind-the-scenes when you register for Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo.

Sign Up for Zoo Classes

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

Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo

Register for Teacher Classes

Teachers can choose from a wide variety of uniqe courses for continuing education credit at Brookfield Zoo.

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.