Summer Nights

Location: East Mall

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

Sponsored by       
Kids Stage presented by   

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.

Summer Nights Tickets (admission after 4:00 p.m.)

Online Tickets Available Soon!

Adults: $15.95
Children: $10.95 (3 to 11)
Seniors: $10.95 (65 and over)
Price includes one attraction: Butterflies!, The Carousel, 6:00 p.m. Dolphins in Action, Hamill Family Wild Encounters, Hamill Family Play Zoo (open until 6:00 p.m.).
Parking: $5.00

Summer Nights is FREE for Members!


Entertainment Schedule

Friday, 6/17
Mississippi Heat
Mississippi Heat

4:00 Ethan Butler - from The Voice season 7 (Main Stage)
6:00 Game Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Mississippi Heat - blues (Main Stage)

Saturday, 6/18

Sushi Roll

4:00 Daniel Wade (Main Stage)
6:00 Juggling Variety Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Sushi Roll – top 40 (Main Stage)

Friday, 6/24

Marcia Ball

4:00 The Pheromones (Main Stage)
6:00 Juggling Variety Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Marcia Ball - blues (Main Stage)
Saturday, 6/25

Run Forest Run

4:00 Dana Lawrence Gillis (Main Stage)
6:00 Family Magic Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Run Forest Run - 90s covers (Main Stage)

Friday, 7/1

Mr. Meyers

4:00 Cheryl Rodey (Main Stage)
6:00 Unicycle Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Mr. Meyers - beach music (Main Stage)
Saturday, 7/2

4:00 Tim Flynn (Main Stage)
6:00 Magic Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Infinity - 80s covers (Main Stage)
Friday, 7/8
Sixteen Candles
Sixteen Candles

4:00 Erik Donner (Main Stage)
6:00 Game Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Sixteen Candles - 80s covers (Main Stage)
Saturday, 7/9
Nick Lynch

Nick Lynch

4:00 Makena Hartlin Trio (Main Stage)
6:00 Juggling Variety Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Nick Lynch - country (Main Stage)
Friday, 7/15
American English

American English

4:00 Benny Basserr (Main Stage)
6:00 Juggling Magic Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 American English - Beatles tribute (Main Stage)
Saturday, 7/16
Ides of March

Ides of March

4:00 Brent Brown (Main Stage)
6:00 Family Magic Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Ides of March - 60s, 70s local rock legends (also Survivor and 38 Special) (Main Stage)
Friday, 7/22
Swing Assembly

Swing Assembly

4:00 Valentine Bennett (Main Stage)
6:00 Game Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Swing Assembly – swing to pop (Main Stage)
Saturday, 7/23
Frisky Taylor

Frisky Taylor

4:00 Ron Starr (Main Stage)
6:00 Game Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Frisky Taylor – top 40 (Main Stage)
Friday, 7/29
Boy Band Review

Boy Band Review

4:00 MER (Main Stage)
6:00 Magic Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Boy Band Review - 90s boy-band covers (Main Stage)
Saturday, 7/30
Billy Croft

Billy Croft & 5 Alarm

4:00 Brian Allison (Main Stage)
6:00 Juggling Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Billy Croft & The 5 Alarm - country (Main Stage)
Friday, 8/5
Willis Clan

Willis Clan

4:00 Mike Vinopal (Main Stage)
6:00 Game Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 The Willis Clan - family of 14 musicians & dancers (Main Stage)
Saturday, 8/6
DJ Maurice ICE Culpepper

DJ Maurice "ICE" Culpepper

4:00 DJ Daily (Main Stage)
6:00 Juggling Circus Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 House Party featuring DJ Maurice “ICE” Culpepper, with DJ Gene Hunt, and DJ Alicia (Main Stage)
Friday, 8/12
Rebirth Brass Brand

Rebirth Brass Brand

4:00 Dave Tamkin (Main Stage)
6:00 Family Magic Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Rebirth Brass Band – Grammy winning New Orleans street music (Main Stage)
Saturday, 8/13
Unity the Band

Unity the Band

4:00 Chris Moran (Main Stage)
6:00 Juggling Show (Kids’ Stage)
7:00 Unity The Band - reggae (Main Stage)

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.