Meet us where the peacocks roam
With more than 200 acres where both humans and peacocks can freely roam, the Brookfield Zoo houses more than 450 species of animals. It is easy to spend an entire day here where family fun takes a walk on the wild side just outside of Chicago.
Feed the giraffes, walk along paths lined with animated dinosaurs, stroll through the “rain forest” to view clouded leopards, and pet the goats at the Hamill Family Wild Encounters exhibit.
Don’t miss the monkeys of Tropic World and make sure to meet the tuxedoed hosts of Brookfield at the Penguin Encounters exhibit. There is also a chance to see a bald eagle, or a Mexican gray wolf, or even a grizzly bear in the Great Bear Wilderness.
The dolphins also put on a spectacular aerial show that is both captivating and educational. In fact, throughout your entire experience at the zoo, you’ll find ample opportunities for hands-on learning about animal care and conservation.
Since the Chicago Zoological Society is open 365 days a year, any day is a good one to visit! Though, there is something magical about the holiday season at the zoo. During select days in November and December, you can wander through more than two million lights of glittering fun at the annual “Holiday Magic” light festival.
REGULAR ADMISSION HOURS: Daily 10am-5pm
REGULAR SUMMER ADMISSION HOURS: 9:30am-6pm
HOLIDAY MAGIC HOURS: 3pm-9pm
Seniors: (65 and older) $19.95
Children: (3* to 11) $17.95 *free admission for children under 2
Military Personnel: Admission is free for active, reservist, and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Some exhibits have individual entrance fees. Annual members enjoy free admission.
Ride the narrated Motor Safari around the property for a guided tour of the zoo! Your ticket ($6) is good all day, so hop on whenever your legs need a rest.
For a self-guided tour, strollers, wheelchairs, and EVCs (electronic convenience vehicles) are available for rent.
Take Metra’s BNSF Line from downtown Chicago to the Zoo Stop or take the Pace Bus Route 331. Parking is available at the north and south gates ($15 to park).