Welcome to Brookfield Zoo!

Please note our admission policies below. 


All tickets and parking may be purchased onsite at Brookfield Zoo or by clicking here. If you previously reserved tickets and parking for your zoo visit, you are welcome to enter the zoo at any time during that day. If you have a general admission pass with a barcode, a member guest pass, a Chicago Public Library Museum Pass, or a Museum Adventure Pass, you can bring that directly to the zoo for entry, no reservation required. 



Adults: $24.95
Seniors 65 and over: $19.95
Children 3 to 11: $17.95
Zoo admission and all available attractions are FREE for children 2 and under. 

Click here to purchase tickets


For groups of 20 or more, please click here for information on purchasing admission tickets.

We once again accept cash for admission, parking, attractions, food, beverage, and merchandise purchases at the zoo.

Any parking fees must be paid for upon arrival at the zoo, or can be purchased here. Members park for free in the north parking lot. If you previously purchased parking through our reservation system, please bring your confirmation email with you.

Guests can park in either the North Parking Lot (8400 31st Street, Brookfield, IL) or South Parking Lot (3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL). Click here for directions to either lot. There are drop-off/pick-up areas available at both lots. 

Parking Fee at the North Gate
Cars: $15.00
Buses: $21.00
Cook County parking tax & Illinois Parking Excise Tax included.
Members: Free

Parking Fee at the South Gate
Cars: $15.00
Buses: $21.00
Cook County parking tax & Illinois Parking Excise Tax included.
Members: $5.00

Click here for directions if traveling by car. Click here for information if traveling via public transit. 


Open Buildings 
The following indoor buildings are currently open or will open at the designated day and time noted: ​

*BZ Red Hots
​*Clouded Leopard Rain Forest
*Desert's Edge 
*Great Bear Wilderness underwater viewing 
*Feathers & Scales
*Habitat Africa!: The Forest
*Habitat Africa!: The Kopje
*Hamill Family Play Zoo (open on a modified schedule)
*Hamill Family Wild Encounters (parakeet aviary reopens October 4)
*Living Coast
*Parakeet Aviary
*Pinniped Point underwater viewing 
*Regenstein Wolf Woods indoor viewing
*Reptiles & Birds
*Seven Seas underwater viewing & Dolphins in Action (will close for maintenance October 17)
*The Swamp
*Tropic World (Tropic World South America currently closed for maintenance)

Please note the following buildings are currently CLOSED at this time:
*Peacock Café & Grill

Please note that drinking fountains and water misters are now on for the season.


Attractions including Dolphins in Action, Hamill Family Wild Encounters, Hamill Family Play Zoo, the Carousel, Motor Safari, and playgrounds are now open

For more information about your upcoming visit, check out our Know Before You Go page

To learn more about zoo membership, click here to find the membership level that works for you! 


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Every member receives

  • FREE admission for one year
  • FREE parking for one vehicle at the main entrance (1st Ave. and 31st Street)
  • Discount parking at the south entrance
  • Member discounts on selected attractions inside the zoo
  • Publications including member emails and Gateways, the quarterly member magazine
  • Monthly specials at shops
  • Restaurant discounts
  • Education program, and special event discounts

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Members receive a 10% discount on food and drink purchases at Brookfield Zoo restaurants and receive special offers at zoo gift shops. Check out the special offer for the current month.

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