Admission is free this winter at Brookfield Zoo on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in February. In addition to free general admission to Brookfield Zoo on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, admission is also free to the Children’s Zoo and Hamill Family Play Zoo every day through February.
FREE ADMISSION DAYS – See animals such as the new Mexican gray wolf pack that like the colder temperatures, and enjoy a variety of special events for the entire family. “During these economically troubled times, we are pleased to offer families the opportunity to come to the zoo for free. The winter is an exciting time to visit the zoo because you can spend some time getting to know cold-weather animals — and then step inside a tropical exhibit to warm up,” said Stuart Strahl, president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages the zoo. Many of the zoo’s animals, including bears, camels, Amur tigers, snow leopards, bison — and the new pack of 2-year-old Mexican gray wolves — enjoy colder temperatures. Note: While admission is free on these days, normal internal attraction fees still apply, including Dolphin Presentations).
Additionally, Brookfield Zoo is gearing up for its FREE winter events. Outdoor enthusiasts can head to Brookfield Zoo on February 20 for FREEze Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features free winter activities, including dog sledding demonstrations by members of the Green Valley Dog Drivers organization and their four-legged friends. After enjoying the outdoors, guests can warm up in Discovery Center for a 3 p.m. matinee performance by the talented musicians of Chicago Sinfonietta. The concert, “Fragrances of Land, Sea, and Air,” will feature selections by Holst, Handel, Saint, and Saens.
Before winter comes to a close, pig lovers of all ages can join in the s-pig-tacular National Pig Day celebration on March 5. The celebration features the best pig porkformance in town by the zoo’s Guinea hogs, plus a parade and fun pig-themed activities.