ACCESSIBILITY

The staff and volunteers of the Chicago Zoological Society welcome you to Brookfield Zoo and are happy to answer your questions. Brookfield Zoo makes a concerted effort to make its grounds, pathways, buildings, exhibits and programs accessible to all visitors. The information contained in our Accessibility Guide will be helpful in answering your questions.

For Wheelchair or Electronic Convenience Vehicle (“ECV”) rental reservations, please click here. Reservations are not accepted for strollers or wagons.

We strive to provide inclusive recreational programs to all of our Brookfield Zoo guests. To request a reasonable accommodation, ideally no less than 14 days in advance (other than a wheelchair or ECV), please complete the ADA Accommodation Request Form or call the Society’s ADA Coordinator at (708) 688-8559. 

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Nos esforzamos para proveer programas recreativos para todos los que visitan Brookfield Zoo. Para pedir acomodación, si es posible con por lo menos 14 dias de aviso, por favor utiliza este formulario: ADA Accessibility Request Form o llama al coordinador de ADA en Chicago Zoological Society al (708) 688-8559.

RENT WHEELCHAIR/ECV

ACCESSIBILITY GUIDE

 
ADA REQUEST FORM

RENTALS & ACCESSIBLE AMENITIES (ALQUILER & AMENIDADES ACESIBLES)

Electronic convenience vehicles (ECVs), wheelchairs, child strollers, and wagons are available for rent near the North and South Gates. Due to limited quantities of Electronic convenience vehicles (ECVs) and wheelchairs, please reserve one in advance by clicking here to ensure one is available for your visit. Reservations are not accepted for strollers or wagons.

•Wagon (Carretilla) $13.00 (plus $10 deposit)
•Single Stroller (Carriola individual) $10.00 (plus $10 deposit)
•Double Stroller (Doble carriola) $13.00 (plus $10 deposit)
•Stroller locks are also available (with deposit)
•Dolphin stroller (Carriola de delfin) $10.00 (plus $10 deposit)
•Electronic convenience vehicle (ECV) (Vehículo eléctrico) $30.00.(credit card required for deposit)
•Wheelchair (Silla de ruedas) $15.00 (credit card required for deposit)

If a guest needs a wheelchair or ECV at the North entrance, a Crew Member can call North Buggies and someone will bring the wheelchair or ECV up to the North entrance.


Accessible Amenities:

•Some exhibits and buildings with narrow walkways may prohibit strollers from entering the building as they could pose a safety hazard in the event of an emergency evacuation. Guests with disabilities may use a personal mobility device in exhibits and buildings, such as a wheelchair or a stroller for a child with a disability or other type of personal mobility device (with the exception of gas-powered devices).
BZ Care Kits are available at the North and South Guest Relations. These kits are designed for guests with sensory disabilities and include zoo visual schedule books, noise-deafening headphones, name tags, if lost ID bracelets and stickers. 
Large-print maps with access information are available at our North and Guest Relations to give you special instructions before entering the park. 
Service Animal Maps (with locations that are not ideal for service animals to go) will be provided to you upon your arrival or are available for download by clicking Service Animal Map.
•Safari Tours are wheelchair accessible.
•There are accessible parking spaces available in both lots. (The South Gate is an easier entrance for people with disabilities).
•To speak to someone at the Zoo using the Illinois Relay service, please call 711 and then (708) 688-8000.
•Life-size statues and cutouts of animals are located throughout the Zoo (gorilla, dolphin, tiger, etc.) Also, at Wolf Woods we have bronze plaques depicting social behaviors.
•Accessible picnic tables are located throughout the park.
•The videos playing in The Living Coast and Seven Seas Dolphin Underwater Viewing are captioned.

 

RESOURCES & PROGRAMS (RECURSOS Y PROGRAMAS)

Below are free downloadable files to help you prepare for your visit to Brookfield Zoo:

ADA Accessibility Request Form
Map of Quiet Space Locations in the Park
Service Animal Map

Visual Schedule Books
Visual Schedule Book
Hamill Family Play Zoo Visual Schedule Book

Social Stories for Children with Autism

Butterflies!
Dolphins in Action Short Version
Dolphins in Action Longer Version
Living Coast Short Version
Living Coast Longer Version



Programs

Educational programs are modified or developed to meet the needs of diverse audiences.

Sign Language interpreters are available for public programs and classes by advance request. Call the Society's ADA Coordinator at (708) 688-8338 or complete the ADA Accessibility Request Form. Please allow a minimum of 14 days advanced notice.

Good Works and Bridges Volunteer programs for teens and adults. Please call (708) 688-8304 for information.