News Stories

  • April 09, 2014

    Brookfield Zoo Goes Blue for Autism Awareness

    On Saturday, April 12, Brookfield Zoo hopes to provide a family-focused and animal-centric day to help children with autism connect with wildlife and nature.  more...

  • April 08, 2014

    Brookfield Zoo Celebrates Earth Day with Party for the Planet

    An Earth Day extravaganza is being planned for Brookfield Zoo’s Party for the Planet celebration on Sunday, April 27, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  more...

  • April 02, 2014

    CZS Helps Increase Humboldt Penguin Numbers in Zoos

    The Humboldt penguin population in North American zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is increasing thanks to efforts by animal care staff at the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, Columbus Zoo, and Milwaukee County Zoo and, more importantly, by some foster penguin parents.  more...

  • March 04, 2014

    "Speak Through Art" Contest at Brookfield Zoo

    Join the Chicago Zoological Society as we recognize an American hero, Cesar Chavez, as a champion for improving the standard of living, wages, and working conditions of farm workers through nonviolent social action.  more...

  • March 04, 2014

    Brookfield Zoo’s 4-Month-Old Gorilla Has a Name with Honor

    The wait is over. After two weeks of asking for the public’s help in naming a 4-month-old female gorilla infant at Brookfield Zoo, the Chicago Zoological Society announced the winning name: Nora, which means “honor” or “light.” More than 70,000 votes were cast online during the voting period, which ran from February 18 through March 3.  more...

  • February 18, 2014

    Brookfield Zoo Asking Public to Help Name 4-Month-Old Gorilla Baby

    On November 4, 2013, a very special birth occurred at Brookfield Zoo: a female western lowland gorilla was born to 18-year-old mom Koola. But the inquisitive little great ape still does not have a name. The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages the zoo, is asking for the public’s help in selecting a name that she’ll go bananas over.  more...

  • January 30, 2014

    Dolphin Presentations to Resume at Brookfield Zoo

    While the recent weather in Chicagoland has been frigid, Brookfield Zoo guests can once again enjoy tropical temperatures at the Seven Seas’s dolphin stadium. The Chicago Zoological Society’s marine mammal trainers are gearing up for dolphin presentations to resume beginning Saturday, February 1.  more...

  • January 29, 2014

    FREEze Day at Brookfield Zoo

    Bundle up and head to Brookfield Zoo for its annual FREEze Day on Sunday, February 9. The free admission day will feature fun-filled outdoor activities for the entire family.  more...

  • January 16, 2014

    Valentine’s Dinner and Brunch Offered at Brookfield Zoo

    Show your animal magnetism this Valentine’s Day and treat your significant other to an adventurous evening of dining and dancing at Brookfield Zoo on Friday, February 14.  more...

  • January 13, 2014

    MLK Day

    Join Chicago Zoological Society staff for a choral celebration in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 20. In honor of the day, zoo admission will be free (a parking fee will still apply).  more...

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, December 31

    Zoo Year's Eve

    Calling all Party Animals! Ring in the new year at Brookfield Zoo's Zoo Year's Eve celebration!  more...

  • Saturdays and Sundays, December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, Friday to Wednesday, December 26-31

    Holiday Magic

    Chicagoland's Largest Holiday Lights Festival. See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the Tradition.  more...

  • Saturdays and Sundays, October 18-19, 25-26

    Boo! at the Zoo

    Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo festival is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween!  more...

  • Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5

    Cat Awareness Weekend

    Learn about our cats, from the big ones like the lions to the small ones including sand cats.  more...

  • Sunday, September 21

    Zoo Run Run for Animal Care and Conservation Fund

    Each year, more species lose their race for survival. But the race can be won, and you can help.  more...

  • Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24

    Kratt Brothers

    Welcome back Chris and Martin Kratt from their PBS show “Wild Kratts” for a two fun days of adventure as they teach children about rare wildlife behaviors.  more...

  • Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10

    Zoo Brew

    Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, aardvarks and ales— all at Brookfield Zoo’s third annual Zoo Brew!  more...

  • Saturday, July 26

    Animal Enrichment Day

    Celebrate National Zoo Keepers Week and learn about enrichment activities given to animals!  more...

  • Tuesday, July 22

    Chicago White Sox Day

    Celebrate Chicago White Sox at Brookfield Zoo!  more...

  • Saturday, June 21

    World Giraffe Day

    On the longest day of the year we are celebrating the world’s tallest animal.  more...

  • Fridays and Saturdays, June 20-July 26

    Summer Nights

    Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler weather, enhanced dining options, beer and wine gardens, live music, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.  more...

  • Sunday, June 15

    Father's Day BBQ

    Let Dad relax when you treat him to an all-you-can-eat barbecue at Brookfield Zoo.  more...

  • Saturdays and Sundays, June 7-8, 14-15

    Viva la Fiesta

    A multi-day celebration of Hispanic culture, authentic cuisine, refreshments, music and dancing!  more...

  • Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18

    Bear Awareness Weekend

    Come celebrate all things Bear at Brookfield Zoo.  more...

  • Sunday, May 11

    Mother’s Day Brunch

    Treat Mom to a special day at Brookfield Zoo beginning with a scrumptious all-you-can-eat brunch!  more...

  • Saturday, May 3

    Reading, Communities and Nature Program: Finale Event

    Meet blogger Shawna Coronado who will discuss building community, simple living, and green lifestyle tips!  more...

  • Sunday, April 27

    Free Recycling Event

    Receive free parking in the North Parking lot if you bring an approved item to recycle that day.  more...

  • Sunday, April 27

    Party for the Planet

    Celebrate Earth Day at the zoo and learn how you can help save African painted dogs.  more...

  • Sunday, April 20

    Easter Champagne Brunch

    Enjoy Easter with our costumed characters and an all-you-can-eat Easter Brunch!  more...

Success Stories

  • April 02, 2014

    Penguin Chick at Brookfield Zoo

    The Humboldt penguin population in North American zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is increasing thanks to efforts by animal care staff at the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, Columbus Zoo, and Milwaukee County Zoo and, more importantly, by some foster penguin parents.  more...

  • January 03, 2014

    Grey Seal Pup Born at Brookfield Zoo

    A male grey seal pup was born on New Year’s Day around 7:00 a.m., the first of its species ever born at the zoo. He and his mother, Lily, 10, will remain off exhibit for several weeks to allow them time to bond with one another. Grey seal pups are born with long white fur called lanugo (pronounced la-noo-go), which is molted in two to four weeks and replaced with shorter, stiffer hair similar to that of adults.  more...

  • September 27, 2013

    Conservation Leadership Awards

    Recognized for their significant impact on conservation efforts locally and around the globe, the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages Brookfield Zoo, honored three recipients with its 2013 Conservation Leadership Awards. The awards were presented to the Getz Family, Walgreen Co. and Randall Wells, Ph.D., of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program.  more...

  • August 28, 2013

    Snow Leopard Cub

    A 3-month-old snow leopard cub born at Brookfield Zoo on June 13 made his public debut for zoo guests today. The cub, who now weighs nearly 15 pounds, can be seen on exhibit with his 3-year-old mom, Sarani.  more...

  • July 24, 2013

    Blanding's Turtle Release Program

    Blanding’s turtles are endangered in Illinois and threatened nationwide, but the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), in collaboration with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, is leading an initiative to increase the local wild population. The breeding and release program includes a new outdoor Blanding’s turtle habitat at the zoo’s Dragonfly Marsh exhibit.  more...