Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society

Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society

Southwest Suburbs



31st St. and First Ave., Brookfield IL 60513

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Since it first opened in 1934, Brookfield Zoo has educated and captivated generations of families from around the world through discovery of animals and exploration of the natural world. Today, the 216-acre nature park is home to more than 5,000 animals and extensive conservation programs. Brookfield Zoo is open 365 days a year from 10 am to 5 pm with extended hours for special events. Admission is $24.95 for ages 12-64, $19.95 for ages 65+, $17.95 for ages 3-11, children 2 and under are free. Groups of 15 or more may purchase tickets in advance. Additional parking fees apply.

Brookfield Zoo’s resident animals represent the rich biodiversity of life on Earth. Visitors can linger with the lions or the snow leopards along Big Cats row, marvel at marsupials outside of Australia House, go eye-to-eye with polar bears and bison in Great Bear Wilderness, learn about Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in Seven Seas, and more. Explore animal habitats including deserts, rainforests, and the savannah. Popular attractions include: Dolphins in Action, Hamill Family Play Zoo and Wild Encounters, The Carousel, Motor Safari, and Butterflies. Additional fees apply. Through November 1, 2020, come and find acres of earth shakers at DINOS EVERYWHERE! Over 40 life-size animatronic dinosaurs that are bigger and badder will be at Brookfield Zoo this summer. The exhibit showcases the Argentinosaurus,which measures 110 feet in length and is three stories tall!

Brookfield Zoo is located at First Ave and 31st St. in Brookfield, just 12 miles west of downtown Chicago. The zoo is accessible via the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways, Tri-State tollway (I-294), Metra train and PACE bus service. Brookfield Zoo is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and managed by the Chicago Zoological Society. The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.

Health and Safety

Health & Safety Policy URL View Policy

Motorcoach Parking On-site

Group Policy

Average Visit/Tour Length 3-5 hours

Minimum Group Number 15

Maximum Group Number 15000

Group Discounts Available

Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate 15

Miles from O'Hare Airport 19.0

Miles from Midway Airport 10.0

Miles from Downtown 12.0




American Express



Student Group Friendly

Public Space Wi-Fi Available

Restaurant(s) On-site

ADA Compliant

Self-Parking Available On-site

Food On-site Restaurant

Hours of Operation 10 a.m. u2013 5 p.m.


Military Discount

Number of Meeting Rooms 10

Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing) 500

Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated) 400

On-Site Catering

On-site Audio/Visual Equipment

In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s)

Complete Buy-out Available

Max Capacity, Theater Style 3240

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing) 500

Max Capacity, Classroom Style 3240

Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated) 400

Exclusive Audio/Visual Provider(s)

Video Conferencing Available

Total Square Footage of Meeting Space 9345

Max Venue Capacity 25000

Private Meeting Space Available

Permanent Stage

Private Dining Available

Group Menu

Group Breakfast Available

Box Lunches Available

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