roaring nights

DATES: Saturday, June 22, Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 27, 2024
TIME:  6 PM - 10 PM

Join us for three unforgettable nights of music, fun, and celebration as Brookfield Zoo Chicago marks its 90th anniversary with Roaring Nights. Set against the backdrop of the Zoo's landscapes and diverse wildlife, immerse yourself in the sounds of three incredible bands in June and July. 


Saturday, June 22, 2024: 
The Fray

Known for their chart-topping hits and electrifying performances, The Fray promises an unforgettable night of anthemic tunes and high-energy vibes. Join us as we sing along to classics like "How to Save a Life" and "You Found Me" under the stars!

Friday, July 12:
Barenaked Ladies - SOLD OUT! 

Barenaked Ladies brings infectious energy and genre-defying sound to the stage along with playful lyrics and catchy melodies. Concert-goers will be on their feet dancing and singing along to their favorites, from “If I Had $1,000,000” and “Pinch Me” to “One Week” and “The Big Bang Theory Theme.”

Saturday, July 27:
Gin Blossoms

With their timeless hits like "Hey Jealousy" and "Follow You Down," Gin Blossoms will transport you back to the '90s with their melodic tunes and heartfelt lyrics. Join us for a night of pure nostalgia and feel-good vibes!

Tickets purchased individually will range in price from $45-$55. For every individual adult ticket purchased, one child 12 and under is free! VIP ticket packages excluded.

VIP ticket packages for 21+ are also available:

Brutus Package  (Tickets are available for The Fray and Gin Blossoms; Barenaked Ladies tickets are SOLD OUT)

Early access to the park (zoo admission) before 5:00 p.m.
Access to the East Mall concert venue at 5:30 p.m.
Roaring Nights branded item
Light appetizers & drinks (two drink tickets) from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Access to VIP lounge & bathrooms throughout concert
Game space

Titus Package (Tickets are available for The Fray; Barenaked Ladies and Gin Blossoms are SOLD OUT)


Early access to the park (zoo admission) before 5:00 p.m.
Access to the East Mall concert venue at 5:30 p.m.
Roaring Nights branded item
Seating in the Beer Garden
Private beverage and snack vending in the Beer Garden

On concert nights, several of the Zoo’s animal habitats will be open until 7 p.m., including the newly renovated Seven Seas Underwater Viewing Gallery, Sea Lion Cove, Big Cats, Hamill Family Wild Encounters, Desert’s Edge, and Clouded Leopard Rainforest. And, you can meet some of the animal ambassadors on the East Mall between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Additionally, you can take a spin on The Carousel until 7 p.m., or view the Chicago skyline in the distance and the onstage entertainment from a whole different vantage point—110 feet up in the Zoo’s Anniversary Ferris Wheel—until 9 p.m. (extra fees apply).

A wide selection of delicious food and beverage items will be also available for purchase at the Tacos Caja and The Coop food trucks, Nectar and Graze, and the Beer Garden!

Every ticket sold contributes directly to supporting our mission and work to provide animal care, environmental education, and global conservation efforts, ensuring a brighter and resilient future for animals, nature, and humans. Join the PRIDE to Connect, Care, and Conserve, and make memories that last a lifetime at Roaring Nights.



Concerts: Park Rules

Promote a Family-Friendly Atmosphere: Help us maintain a family-friendly environment by refraining from behavior or language that may be offensive or inappropriate for children. Let's all work together to create a positive and enjoyable experience for attendees of all ages, ensuring that everyone can have fun in a safe and welcoming atmosphere. 

Respect Wildlife: Please refrain from disturbing or feeding the animals within the Zoo premises. Do not approach, attempt to touch, or harass any animals during the concert. 

Keep the Venue Clean: Help us maintain the cleanliness of the concert venue and surrounding areas by disposing of trash and recyclables in designated bins provided throughout the park. 

Follow Staff Instructions: Please comply with instructions given by zoo staff, security personnel, and event organizers at all times to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees. 

No Outside Alcohol: For the safety of our animals and guests, outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted within the concert venue. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase at designated concession stands. 

Alcohol Policy: Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase and consumption only in designated areas with valid ID. Intoxicated or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the premises. 

Respect Fellow Attendees: Be considerate of fellow concert-goers by refraining from disruptive behavior, including loud talking, shouting, or engaging in any form of harassment or misconduct. 

Stay within Designated Areas: Concert attendees are required to remain within designated areas of the Zoo's concert venue and refrain from accessing restricted areas or animal exhibits without proper authorization. 

Smoking Policy: Smoking, vaping, and the use of other tobacco products are prohibited within the concert venue and all indoor areas of the Zoo. Designated smoking areas are available outside the venue. 

Prohibited Items: The following items are strictly prohibited within the concert venue: weapons, illegal substances, laser pointers, drones, large umbrellas, and any other items deemed unsafe or disruptive by Zoo staff. 

Emergency Procedures: In the event of an emergency or evacuation, please follow instructions provided by Zoo staff and proceed calmly to designated emergency exits and assembly points. 

By attending the concert at Brookfield Zoo Chicago, all guests agree to abide by these park rules and regulations. Failure to comply may result in removal from the premises without refund. Thank you for your cooperation, and enjoy the concert!