Brookfield Zoo

The Brookfield Zoo is an incredible place to bring your family and friends and see the animals.

This zoo has hundreds of animals and animal species to see that will blow you away.  They have animals from all over the world including dolphins and polar bears.  You’ll see something that will drop your jaw. Established in 1934, the Brookfield Zoo is home to more than 400 species of animals. The zoo has 20 exhibits, some of which include Reptiles and Birds; the Children’s Zoo; Fragile Desert; Seven Seas; Hamill Family Play Zoo; Big Cats; Hoofed Animals; Feathers and Scales; Great Bear Wilderness; and Salt Creek Wilderness.

If you’d like to work side by side with the zookeepers, you can participate in the behind the scenes animal experience with the Wild Encounters program. There are even more things to do than just see the animals.  Here is just a little taste of what you can find at the Brookfield Zoo.

You can see the dolphins.  There are dolphin presentations daily and they are spectacular. There are tons of incredible things for the kids to do as well like ride the motor safari, ride the carousel or head to the kids zoo which is hands on.

Check out a little bit more information on this zoo including Brookfield zoo coupons, hotels near the zoo, the hours and more.


Brookfield Zoo Coupons and Membership Info

There are some great ways you can save at this zoo, and some awesome coupons you can take advantage of  to put some money back in your pocket.

  • All military personnel, whether currently serving or not can get in free of charge.  Bring ID.
  • FREE DAYS: On Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 2, to Dec. 27 the general admission to the zoo is free during normal zoo hours!
  • Take advantage of their admission plus 3 deal to see the zoo and do the extra attractions. Savings to be had.

Another great way to get discounts at the zoo is to sign up for the membership package. This may only apply to you if you actually live in the area, but the deals are great. Here are the best benefits with the membership

  • Unlimited access to the park for 1 year.
  • Free Parking in North Lot
  • Huge Parking Discount in South Lot
  • Discounts for the extra attractions like the Carousel
  • Seasonal Special Exhibit Discounts
  • Discount at the shop and restaurant.

With the family guest pass you can get 2 people in free. Kids under 18 free. 6 guest passes and more. The family pass is the way to go if you have a family and kids to take to the zoo.

You could pay for the entire family pass membership in just 1 or 2 visits to the zoo. It is fully worth it.


Hotels Near the Brookfield Zoo:

Check out the Brookfield Zoo Hotel Package!

This package includes:

  • 4 Admission passes.
  • 4 ride passes for The Motor Safari.
  • 4 passes to Children’s Zoo
  • 4 ride passes on the Carousel
  • 1 parking pass

These are incredible deals and the zoo has partnered with some great hotels to offer you these discounts.  You need to see this page to get more details and prices for these packages, as prices vary per hotel.

Brookfield Zoo hotel partners offer group rates for attendees of zoo events. These hotels offer packages featuring one parking pass; four general admission tickets to the zoo; four admission tickets to the children’s zoo; four ride passes for the Motor Safari; and four ride passes for the Carousel. Participating hotels include Doubletree Hotel Chicago-Oak Brook; Comfort Suites Oakbrook Terrace; Holiday Inn Chicago-Countryside; Chicago Marriott Oak Brook; and Residence Inn Chicago -Lombard. Pricing is based on the location and accommodation. More information on hotel partners is available on the zoo’s website.

Zoo Hours

Brookfield Zoo Hours:

The Brookfield Zoo is open daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm

*Please see the official website for special hours including holidays and seasonal changes. Update regularly on their site.

Zoo Info



  • Adults: $15.00
  • Seniors (65 and Over): $10.50
  • Children 3 to 11: $10.50
  • Children 2 and under: Free


  • Non-members: $10 per car
  • Members: Free in north lot and $2 in south lot.


Phone: (800) 201-0784

Address: 8400 31st Street (1st Avenue and 31st Street), Brookfield, IL 60513

Directions: Off of I-290 Eisenhower Expressway and I-55 Stevenson Expressway take exits to First Avenue. On First Avenue you will see signs to the zoo’s main entrance and parking.



Brookfield Zoo Jobs:

The Chicago Zoological Society has more than 450 full time employees and many opportunities for more people to find new work. In the spring in summer they hire over 500 more people on a seasonal or part time bases.

If you need seasonal work be sure to check out their jobs page on their website in the spring.

If you are interested in a career at the zoo there are many positions that become available and need to be filled. Be sure to get all the info on their website, have your resume handy and apply for the jobs that become available.

They employ people with a wide range of education from years of school to simply a high school education.

Here are just a few of the positions they fill at the zoo.

  • Administration
  • Animal Keeper
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Accounting
  • Catered Events
  • Education
  • Facilities
  • Food Services
  • Fundraising
  • Creative Services
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Janitorial Services
  • Marketing
  • Membership
  • Park Safety
  • Retail Operations
  • Security
  • Warehouse

You should also remember to check out the Brookfield Zoo Lights.  

While you are in the area there are some other incredible places you should visit like the Shedd Aquarium, the field museum, the museum of science and industry or the navy pier attraction. All of these are incredible and completely worth the extra time to see them. Enjoy!