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Summer Nights

Summer Nights at Brookfield Zoo
Open 'Til 9:00 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays, through July 26
FREE for Members!

This summer, you can enjoy the cooler evening weather while chilling out Friday and Saturday nights at Brookfield Zoo’s Summer Nights! Enjoy a wide variety of live music and entertainment, and choose from an assortment of fresh food and refreshment options while relaxing surrounded by the coolest animals and most beautiful natural landscapes in Chicagoland. Summer Nights will also feature kids’ activities and, as the sun sets, the evening will be topped off with a spectacular laser, lights and video show!

In addition to the wide variety of live entertainment, fun kids’ activities will take place separately on the East Mall at the Kid's Playground Stage starting at 6:00 p.m. featuring music, puppet shows, storytellers, and even a kids’ craft station.


Summer Nights Admission after 4:00 p.m.
Special Summer Nights adult ticket will be $14.95 after 4:00 p.m. which includes any one attraction (The Carousel, Butterflies!, Special 6:00 p.m. Dolphins in Action, and Stingray Bay, Hamill Family Play Zoo (closes at 5:30 p.m.) or Motor Safari. (closes at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Children 3 to 11 and Seniors over 65 will be $9.95 after 4:00 p.m. which also includes any one attraction.
  • Zoo members are admitted FREE to Summer Nights. Member attraction pricing for regular hours applies during Summer Nights.
  • Parking will be half price ($5.00) for non-members.
  • Parking is FREE for members at North Gate and $2.00 at South Gate.

Summer Nights - Wallaby Animal Ambassador

Animal Ambassadors
As a special treat, each hour between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m., you can also get up-close views of Brookfield Zoo’s Ambassador Animals that will be on the East Mall.  And, at 6:00 p.m. enjoy a special Dolphins in Action presentation.

Summer Nights
Animals on Exhibit

Addax, African Painted Dogs, Amur Leopard, Bison, Camels, Emu, Giraffes, Kangaroos Lions, Pelicans, Przewalski, Horses, Pygmy Hippos, Rhinoceros, Sloth Bears, Sea Lions, Seals, Snow Leopards, Tapir, Tiger, Warthog, Waterbuck, Zebras.

Indoor Exhibits: In addition to the outdoor exhibits and the Carousel that will remain open late, select indoor exhibits will also be available into evening, including The Fragile Rainforest, The Fragile Desert, Butterflies, Stingray Bay and The Swamp. Seven Seas Underwater Viewing Gallery will be open on select evenings on June 20, 21, 27, and July 4, 5,11,18, and 25.

Summer Nights - Dining
Dining Options

Summer Nights will also offer guests a distinctive selection of dining options at Stingray Bay Grill Outdoor Café featuring gourmet sandwiches, specialty grilled items, and a variety of sweet summer treats.


Summer Nights

Choose from a variety of sweet summer treats, plus your favorite beers and tropical drinks. At the nearby Bayside Beer & Wine Garden, you may select from a wide range of wines and craft beers plus a choice of food pairings, including seasonal fresh fruit and cheese plates.

Summer Nights
Kick Back and Relax!
Enjoy the zoo in a whole new light: you can relax with your family or stroll over to the Kid's Playground Stage at 6:00 p.m. each night to take in music, puppet shows, storytellers, and even a kids’ craft station.

Laser Show
Laser Light and Video Show
Don't forget to stay until the end! Each night as the sun sets, the evening will be topped off with a spectacular laser, lights and video show. The new show will feature a 15’ x 30’ water screen inside the BZ Red Hots fountain (weather dependent). 

Entertainment LineupMusic at Summer Nights
The zoo’s East Mall stage will be sizzlin’ with live entertainment by crowd-pleasing local bands playing music of popular genres, from rock to pop, country, jazz and folk. Kid's Playground Stage will feature music, puppet shows, and storytellers beginning at 6:00 p.m. Mainstage bands will begin performing at 6:45 p.m. each evening during Summer Nights. .

July 18 Your Villian My Hero
Kid's Stage: Yoga with Andrea Bunch
Main Stage: Your Villian My Hero

July 19
Kid's Stage: Jan's Clan Puppets
Main Stage: The Kevin Presbrey Band

Sam Fazio July 25
Kid's Stage: Lauren Hubert
Main Stage: Sam Fazio

July 26
Kid's Stage: Storyacting by Paddy Lynn
Main Stage: Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press

Summer Nights is FREE to zoo members!

Ready to join? Go to or call (708) 688-8341 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or email