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Brookfield Zoo

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  • Renee L.
    "The dolphin show and the rain forest exhibit was excellent."(9 Tips)
    Amanda A.
    "Must visit: the monkey house and the dolphin show."(5 Tips)
    Ashley .
    "The Holiday Magic activities are always super fun."(3 Tips)
    Joseph C.
    "Stingray Bay is worth much more than what they charge."(3 Tips)
146 Tips and reviews
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  • Viet L.
    Viet LamMarch 31, 2013
    beautiful! i'm a bit picky about zoos since i've been to many places, and zoos are usually my top 5 places to visit. but i have to say this is a great place to visit. in fact, i just became a member!
  • Jill R.
    Jill RettbergFebruary 22, 2014
    Lots of free days in winter! The Play Zoo is fantastic for kids, and there's a baby gorilla in the big primate house. Parking is $10 but on weekends park free at high school outside south gate.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BrunstingMarch 29, 2012
    Must get a will save you a ton of money! Between saving on parking, admission, and dolphin tickets, the family membership will repay itself many times over if you go more than once!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkApril 16, 2013
    Feel the holiday spirit and see the lights at the Annual Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic during the Holidays in the Chicago area. The zoo is located on 216 acres and features over 2,000 animals.
  • Ana M.
    Ana M.February 16, 2015
    I have loved this zoo since I was a kid. Look for free weekends in the winter. Check out 'Sexy Shrimp' at the penguin exhibit.
  • Dave J.
    Dave JonesMay 26, 2013
    Awesome place love the polar bears awesome petting zoo AAA+++ place to visit the workers are so friendly and to have a zoo so close tohome even makes it better
  • Eric J.
    Eric JamesJuly 8, 2013
    If you go after 12:00 noon - drive all the way to the back row and then up to the front (left) to look for early arrivals leaving choice parking spaces; don't follow the herd to the back of the lot.
  • Paul O.
    Paul O1KOJuly 4, 2013
    If you need to recharge your phone, just go find one of these outlets on the lamppost inside the zoo! Lift up the lid and plug in your charger. This one is by the Ape house. Charging my iPhone!
  • Lady G.
    Lady GuzmanMay 6, 2013
    Playground by dolphin show is MUCH less crowded and has kid friendly seating. Also, gift shop in Wilderness area sells limited edition Star Wars inspired tees.
  • Parents Magazine
    Parents MagazineJuly 15, 2011
    Be sure to check out the Hamill Family Play Zoo exhibit where kids can dress up in animal prints and zookeeper costumes, make an art project, and pet various wildlife.
  • Christina R.
    Christina RodriguezMarch 31, 2014
    Been a member for forever. Wear comfy shoes. Stay away from the eatery by the penguin house RUDE STAFF! Beware of the peacocks and geese they aren't afriad. Dolphin show is amazing!
  • Safelite AutoGlass
    Safelite AutoGlassJanuary 17, 2012
    You can touch the sting rays in Sting Ray Bay! And the children's part of the zoo is more hands on for the kids. -Suggested tip from Cassie T., Safelite customer
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    Opened in 1934, the Zoo is located on 216 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, featuring over 2,000 animals. Brookfield Zoo featured the first Giant Panda exhibit in the United States.
  • Tom P.
    Tom PNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Purchase the annuals family pass. It's worth it in gold with smaller kids. Also pay the extra $2.00 for members to park on Southside lot. A short walk to gates.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KellyJuly 9, 2015
    Awesome place for the Family! We have an annual membership which we take full advantage of. There are Zoo Nights, Boo at the Zoo, and so many more fun activities for the family to do. Awesome!
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AggenMarch 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Opened on July 1, 1934, it is a favorite place for all types of animal lovers. Must visit: the monkey house and the dolphin show.
  • Terrass M.
    Terrass MisherApril 21, 2015
    A beautiful zoo, way better than Lincoln park zoo. The animals have much more space to roam.
  • Debbie W.
    Debbie WillJuly 15, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    This is a zoo that has it all. There is a lot of area to cover so come early. Prices are expensive, so you may want to look into membership.
  • Alex C.
    Alex ClevelandJune 21, 2015
    Pick up a map and an event schedule as soon as you get in. If you're in the right place at the right time, you can see all sorts of cool zoo chats and events with your favorite animals.
  • Brian S.
    Brian S.December 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    When going to the Holiday Magic show, get there around 4pm for no wait to get in. After 6pm, there is a long line just to get in the parking lot.
  • Krista C.
    Krista CoreyApril 17, 2010
    I love to go there with my boys but the weekends and holidays are too crazy. If you can go during the week, make the time to do it. The kids area has lots of great stuff to entertain them. Read more
  • Richard W.
    Richard WittAugust 17, 2013
    Tram tickets are good all day. Ride to the east side for a Red Hot lunch. The fries are AWESOME. Enjoy the dolphins and decide if you want to continue your tram tour.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SharifOctober 5, 2013
    - One of the neatest Zoo's I've been too! Couldn't finish the tour in a day! :) loved it though.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BlackwellJune 23, 2013
    Check out the golden panamian frogs. See if you can find the initials SB in the rocks for whom it dedicated to.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WillingerDecember 29, 2012
    Wear comfortable shoes. Everything is very spread out. And bring your own food - kind of pricey and far from gourmet
  • Ashley .
    Ashley 🎵 GenevieveDecember 29, 2014
    The Holiday Magic activities are always super fun. Not to mention some of the big cats are only active at night :)
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher RossSeptember 4, 2016
    BZ is picnic friendly - feel free to pack your own food and drinks to enjoy at the many picnic areas in the park. Hand sanitizer is also good idea.
  • Sabrina R.
    Sabrina RobertsAugust 25, 2013
    Brookfield is great but pricey! Smh. Will have a membership next year for all the grands. Will pack a lunch with plenty water.
  • Scott A.
    Scott AlbrechtJuly 8, 2012
    Avoid purchasing from the random food carts around the zoo. If you are a member you don't receive your discount and you have to pay cash. Food from the carts can be found and the food courts.
  • Rick
    RickAugust 7, 2014
    Primate area was awesome. There are two new babies and the families put on quite the show when we were there.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GriffinNovember 28, 2012
    Summer time at the zoo is great, but I love going in the winter -- especially around Christmas!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WillingerDecember 29, 2012
    Wear comfortable shoes. Everything is very spread out. And bring your own food :)
  • Iryna V.
    Iryna VistovskaMay 11, 2015
    The Zoo is gigantic! Nice place to spend the entire day.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SpitlerApril 7, 2013
    Bring your own food and drink! Its nice to support the zoo by buying things there... but it's a lot cheaper not to!
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    The zoo’s carousel is one of the largest hand-carved wooded carousels in the country, with 72 animals and three chariots. Plan to shell out $2.50 per ride!Powered by Read more
  • Bee N.
    Bee N.June 16, 2015
    Stingray Bay is definitely a place to go. The stingrays literally just come right up to you when you put your hand in!
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    The Great Bear Wilderness Exhibit at Brookfield Zoo is nominated for Best Brush with Nature in our Hipsqueak Awards, vote now at!
  • Browneyes11
    Browneyes11March 19, 2015
    This is really great I've been to Brookfield Zoo for years its my favorite
  • Canders
    CandersNovember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure and check out the brand new baby boy giraffe born on November 12 at the African exhibit!! He was 6'2" at birth and weighed 140 pounds!!
  • Brian K.
    Brian KellyOctober 8, 2014
    Awesome for Kids and Adults alike. Great way to spend Family Time while the kids learn
  • Bonita V.
    Bonita VazquezJune 6, 2013
    Loved it here the animals are so healthy n big! So much to see :)
  • Kristi O.
    Kristi OltmanJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I love this place in the winter. An underutilized gem with the lack of crowds.
  • Grape A.
    Grape AdlerAugust 10, 2013
    If you come off Wolf Road on to 1st Ave. , you can go in thru the South Entrance a smaller lot with a shorter walk to the zoo !
  • Brian S.
    Brian SutowAugust 13, 2014
    One of the best zoos in America. The monkey house is definitely worth seeing
  • Juan L.
    Juan LopezOctober 31, 2010
    Really good exhibits but a lot of walking. You normally have to pay extra for some of the extra attractions.
  • Kathie Z.
    Kathie ZieglerMay 6, 2013
    Family plus membership for $115 pays foe itself on the first visit!
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Come later in the day. More of the animals are active close to closing time.
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline OliviaJune 6, 2012
    Check out the Dolphin show for sure...and stingray exhibit was awesome!
  • Christine W.
    Christine WrightOctober 26, 2013
    Love this zoo. Membership is a must
  • Kimberly
    KimberlyMay 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A zoo membership pays for itself with 2 visits!
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