News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
May 19, 2022
NOTE: Scroll to bottom of press release to download photos.

Butterflies! Reopens at Brookfield Zoo on May 28

Brookfield, Ill. —  All is aflutter at the zoo! Brookfield Zoo’s Butterflies!, presented by JULIE, Inc., is reopening for the first time since 2019. Zoogoers can once again explore the outdoor garden and surround themselves this summer with butterflies native to North America beginning May 28 and continuing through September 5.

Butterflies! is home to a variety of butterfly species, including painted ladies, monarchs, zebra longwings, and swallowtails. New this season, several species of moths will be sharing the habitat. Upon entering, a color graphic highlights the species of butterflies and moths that can be seen. Guests can watch adult butterflies flutter amidst a beautifully landscaped exhibit featuring a winding path with water features and a wide assortment of flowering plants and native grasses. Many of the plant species are labeled to give guests an idea of what they can plant in their own backyards to attract the winged wonders.

There is also an off-exhibit space that guests can peek into to see the transformation from pupa to butterfly.
Additionally, Brookfield Zoo staff and volunteers are available throughout the day to answer any questions about the colorful delicate insects.

Butterflies! is located near the zoo’s north entrance, and is open during regular zoo hours of 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. The price of admission to the exhibit is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-11, and $3.50 for seniors who are 65 and older. To learn more, visit

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 Photo Captions (credit Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo)
7747: Monarch butterfly
03: Giant swallowtail
02: Zebra longwing

About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. The zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
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Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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