Events

There's always excitement at Brookfield Zoo Chicago! See below for our list of upcoming events.

April 20, 2024

PARTY FOR THE PLANET

Join us at Brookfield Zoo Chicago's springtime recycling event, Party for the Planet!

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April 21, 2024

earth day run

Get ready for our Earth Day Run, a 2.2 mile fun run through Brookfield Zoo Chicago!

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April 27, 2024

WHIRL

Brookfield Zoo Chicago celebrates the 43rd anniversary of its annual black-tie gala, the Whirl, on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Co-hosted by the Board of Trustees and the Women’s Board of Brookfield Zoo Chicago, this celebration highlights the impactful work of our educational, animal welfare, and conservation programs.

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May 12, 2024

mOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH

Celebrate Mom at Brookfield Zoo Chicago's Mother's Day Brunch! Join us at the Discovery Center on Sunday, May 12.

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June 22, July 12 & July 27, 2024

ROARING NIGHTS

Join us for three unforgettable nights of music, fun, and celebration as Brookfield Zoo Chicago marks its 90th anniversary with Roaring Nights.

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July 20, 2024

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S FEAST

Enjoy a progressive dinner safari around the Zoo—sipping cocktails and enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres while visiting multiple animal habitats and learning about the amazing creatures that call Brookfield Zoo Chicago home.

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 Saturday, August 17, 2024

ZOOBREW

Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales...all at Brookfield Zoo Chicago's ZooBrew on Saturday, August 17.

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Sunday, September 8, 2024
8:30 a.m.

ZOO RUN

Join us for ZooRun - with courses entirely within the world renowned Brookfield Zoo Chicago! Each year more species lose their race for survival and disappear from the wild. But it is a race we can win, and YOU CAN HELP!

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Saturday, September 21, 2024

Hispanic heritage fest

Join us at Brookfield Zoo Chicago this fall for a new, vibrant Hispanic Heritage Fest on Saturday, September 21! 

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Saturday, September 28, 2024

OKTOBERFEST

Zoogoers can toss on their lederhosen and enjoy live polka music at the Beer Garden from 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Brookfield Zoo’s East Mall to celebrate Oktoberfest. The event is free with general admission.

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Saturday, September 28, 2024
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

FALL RECYCLING DAY

If you've been storing items in your basement and garage, waiting for the perfect time and most Earth-friendly way to dispose of them, you can recycle them at Brookfield Zoo Chicago!

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Saturdays and Sundays
October 5 to 20, 2024

BOO! AT THE ZOO

Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin’ good time! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy!

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Saturday, October 19, 2024

Zoo after dark: boos & brews

Have a ghoulishly fun time at Brookfield Zoo Chicago’s new 21-and-over after-hours Boos and Brews!

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Saturday, November 9 and
Sunday, November 10, 2024

TREE TRIM

Does your community group want to get into the holiday spirit? Join Brookfield Zoo Chicago in gearing up for our Holiday Magic celebration by participating in Tree Trim.

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Saturday, November 9, 2024
7-10 PM

WINES IN THE WILD

Wines in the Wild features the perfect blend of wildlife and - you guessed it - wine! 

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Saturday, November 16, 2024

REINDEER RUN

Bring the whole family out for a night under the lights at the Reindeer Run! This two-mile fun run is perfect for everyone!

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Thursday, November 21, 2024

zoo after dark: holiday sip & stroll

Enjoy the beginning of the festive season at Brookfield Zoo Chicago’s new 21-and-over Sip & Stroll!

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3 – 9pm on Holiday Magic Dates

HOLIDAY MAGIC

Chicagoland’s holiday tradition for over 40 years with over two million twinkling LED lights! It’s the most fun you’ll have this holiday season.

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