Summer Nights at the Brookfield Zoo

Summer Nights at the Brookfield Zoo

This summer you can enjoy the cooler evening weather while chilling out Friday and Saturday nights at Brookfield Zoo’s Summer Nights. Enjoy a wide variety of live music and entertainment, and choose from an assortment of food and refreshment options while relaxing surrounded by the coolest animals and most beautiful natural landscapes in Chicagoland. Summer Nights will also feature kids’ activities and, as the sun sets, the evening will be topped off with a spectacular laser, light and video show. Summer Nights begins June 20 and goes through July 26, Fridays and Saturdays until 9 p.m.

Special Summer Nights adult ticket will be $14.95 after 4:00 p.m. which includes any one attraction. You can choose one of the following: The Carousel, Butterflies!, Special 6:00 p.m. Dolphins in Action, and Stingray Bay, Hamill Family Play Zoo (closes at 5:30 p.m.) or Motor Safari (closes at 6:00 p.m.). Additional fees apply for admission to your second or more attractions on the night of your visit.

Open animal buildings during Summer Nights include the Fragile Desert, Fragile Rain Forest, and The Swamp. Seven Seas Underwater Viewing will be open on select evenings on June 20, 21, 27, and July 4, 5,11,18, and 25. Outdoor animals on exhibit include Addax, African Painted Dogs Amur Leopard, Bison, Camels, Emu, Giraffes, Kangaroos Lions, Pelicans, Przewalski, Horses, Pygmy Hippos, Rhinoceros, Sloth Bears, Sea Lions, Seals, Snow Leopards, Tapir, Tiger, Warthog, Waterbuck, Zebras.

Evening entertainment kicks of at 6 p.m. with the Kid’s Playground Stage, featuring music, puppet shows, and storytellers followed by the main stage live music from 6:45-8:45 p.m. Check the Zoo’s website for details on performers.

Admission to Summer Nights is as follows:

  • Children 3 to 11 and Seniors over 65 will be $9.95 after 4:00 p.m. which also includes any one attraction.
  • Zoo members are admitted FREE to Summer Nights. Member attraction pricing for regular hours applies during Summer Nights.
  • Parking will be half price ($5.00) for non-members.
  • Parking is FREE for members at North Gate and $2.00 at South Gate.




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