Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society

Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society

Southwest Suburbs

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

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Since it first opened in 1934, Brookfield Zoo has helped generations of families from around the world discover their love for animals. Today, the 216-acre nature park is home to more than 5,000 animals and extensive conservation programs. Read on to learn more about what makes Brookfield Zoo a cherished institution:

The Animals: Spread across more than 20 habitats, Brookfield Zoo’s resident animals represent the rich biodiversity of life on Earth. Visitors can marvel at the marsupials in Australia House, go eye-to-eye with bears and bison in Great Bear Wilderness, learn about bottlenose dolphins in Seven Seas, and more. Explore animal habitats including deserts, rainforests, and the savannah.

Attractions: Popular family activities include Dolphins in Action, Hamill Family Play Zoo and Wild Encounters, and The Carousel. Additional fees apply.

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.

Facility Amenities

Private Dining Available

Facility Meeting Space Details

Permanent Stage

Private Meeting Space Available

Max Venue Capacity 400

Total Square Footage of Meeting Space 9345

Video Conferencing Available

Exclusive Audio/Visual Provider(s)

Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated) 330

Max Capacity, Classroom Style 3240

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing) 400

Max Capacity, Theater Style 3240

Complete Buy-out Available

In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s)

On-site Audio/Visual Equipment

On-Site Catering

Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated) 330

Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing) 400

Number of Meeting Rooms 5

General Facility Details


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

ADA Compliant

ATM Machine On-site

Restaurant(s) On-site

Miles from Downtown 12.0

Miles from Midway Airport 10.0

Miles from O'Hare Airport 19.0

Group Amenities

Maximum Group Number 20000

Average Visit/Tour Length 3 - 4 hours

Complimentary Policy 1 per 20

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