• Overview

    Zoo members are welcomed to once again enjoy the outdoor areas of the park beginning July 1, 2020 and the general public starting July 8, 2020.

    Open daily to inspire guests through extraordinary connections with animals, nature and each other. Brookfield Zoo features more than 216-acres and more than 4,000 animals. Exhibits will transport guests to all corners of the world to catch a glimpse of polar bears, giraffes, lions, kangaroos, zebras, grizzly bears, leopards, and so much more.

    COVID-19 Procedures:
    A number of enhanced operational protocols and procedures have been set in place, and it is highly recommended for guests to read through them at CZS.org/KnowBeforeYouGo prior to visiting Brookfield Zoo. Some of these safety practices include:

    • To ensure safe social distancing, a reserved timed-ticketing system to limit guest capacity is being implemented. Reservation times will be available in 20-minute increments. All admission and parking tickets must be secured by both members and guests prior to arriving. Reservations for time-ticketing will be available soon at CZS.org. No tickets will be sold on site. All tickets are nonrefundable and no rain checks will made.

    • To minimize person-to-person contact, the zoo is instituting a cashless environment—only credit card transactions will be accepted at outdoor food and beverage carts and merchandise kiosks.

    • Face coverings are required for guests age 2 and over.

    • In order to provide adequate social distancing, at this time, all indoor spaces—animal buildings, restaurants, and gift shops—are temporarily closed. Seasonal food stands and outdoor souvenir carts will be open throughout the zoo.

    • Other areas temporarily closed include play areas, splash pads, water misters, drinking fountains, The Carousel, Motor Safari tram rides, and Butterflies! (seasonal exhibit). The goat yard at Hamill Family Play Zoo will also be closed, but guests will still be able to feed the goats from a designated area.

    • High-touch areas and restrooms will be sanitized with hospital-grade cleaners and conducted on an increased cleaning schedule.

    • Hand-sanitizing stations will be located throughout the 216-acre park.

    • Signage and visual markers will be located throughout the zoo to remind guests to maintain adequate social distancing.

    • The zoo will not be distributing its paper map at the gates. Instead, guests can download it from the zoo’s website or use a phone to take a photo of the large map that will be displayed at both the north and south entrances.

    Additional operational protocols include all staff having their temperatures checked at the start of each work day, wearing face coverings, and wearing gloves if handling food or product.

    Limiting guests to only outdoor areas is the first phase of Brookfield Zoo’s reopening plan. Staff is continuously monitoring local, state, and federal guidelines, including appropriate social distancing and group size, to determine when to increase attendance and allow guests access to indoor animal buildings as well as restaurants and gift shops at reduced capacities.

  • Map
  • Amenities
    Motorcoach/Group Tours
    Sports and Recreation
    COVID-19 Procedures
    • Garden/Nature Park:
    • Historic:
    • Zoo/Animals:
    • Restaurant Type: Theme
    • Food Type: American
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    • Reservations Required:
    • Catering:
    • Children's Menu:
    • Outdoor Dining:
    • Miles From O'Hare Airport: 15
    • Miles From Midway Airport: 6
    • Miles From DuPage Airport: 28
    • Miles From Downtown Chicago: 13
    • Miles To Metra Station: 1
    • Closest Metra Line: Metra Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Line
    • Map Code: H-15
    • On-Site Parking Available:
    • Gift Shop:
    • Stroller Rental:
    • Wheelchair Rental:
    • Wireless Internet Access in Common Area:
    • Equal Accessibility:
    • Family Restrooms:
    • Military:
    • Motorcoach Driver:
    • Other Discount:
    • Other Discount Description: School Groups
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    • Diners Club:
    • JCB:
    • Personal Check:
    Hours of Operation
    • Open Daily:
    • Open Year Round:
    • Open Easter:
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    • Open New Year's Eve:
    • Open New Year's Day:
    • Work with Motorcoach/Group Tours:
    • Description of Motorcoach/Group Tour Availability: Brookfield Zoo provides one complimentary admission ticket for every 20 group tickets purchased. Motor coach operators receive complimentary bus parking, free admission for the bus driver, and $15 in food vouchers for the motor coach operator.
    • Minimum # of People for Group Tour: 20
    • Maximum # of People for Group Tour: 2000
    • Motorcoach Parking On-Site - Free:
    • Meet and Greet Programs:
    • Group Check-In:
    • Forest/Nature Preserve:
    • No Contact Services:
    • Sneeze Guards/Contact Barriers:
    • Reduced Occupancy/Occupancy Limits:
    • Social Distancing Guidelines Enforced:
    • Social Distance Markings/Signage:
    • Social Distance Furniture Configurations:
    • Mobile Payments Accepted:
    • Mobile Payments Required:
    • Hand Wash/Sanitizer Stations:
    • CDC Recommended Cleaning Procedures:
    • Virtual Events:
    Personal Protection
    • Masks Required-Staff:
    • Masks Required-Guest:
    • Health Screening Required-Staff:
  • Meeting Facilities
    Facility Info
    • Exhibits Space
    • Exhibits 30
    • Largest Room 3000
    • Total Sq. Ft. 48000
    • Reception Capacity 350
    • Theatre Capacity 300
    • Available for Private Events
    • Meeting/Banquet/Exhibit Space Available?
    • Hard Wired Internet Access - Meeting Rooms
    • Wireless Internet Access - Meeting Rooms
    • Maximum # of Guests for Private Events 1000
    • On-Site AV
    • Provide On-Site Catering
    • Satellite Broadcasting
    • Conference Seating Capacity 250
    • Banquet Space
    • Exhibit Space
    • Private Dining Space Available
    • Total Exhibit Space Sq. Ft. 10000
    • Video Conferencing
    • Webcasting
    • Banquet Capacity 1000
    • Number of Rooms 15
    • Classroom Capacity 200
  • Events

    Boo! at the Zoo

    VIRTUAL: Bring the Zoo to You Live Chats

    • Presented By: Brookfield Zoo
    • Location: VIRTUAL
    • Recurring every week day

    Wine in the Wild

    Brookfield Zoo Annual Tree Trim

    Brookfield Zoo Skating Rink

    Reindeer Run

    Holiday Magic

    Zoo Year's Eve

    Lights and Lagers