Fall at the Zoo

As families and friends throughout the Chicago region look for creative ways to enjoy fall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago Zoologoical Society and Brookfield Zoo are offering zoogoers fall-tastic fun during Fall at the Zoo.

Last Chance to Experience Dinos Everywhere!

The zoo’s earth-shaking exhibit of more than 40 animatronic dinosaurs all throughout the park, Dinos Everywhere! is open through November 1. Visitors will get to experience Dinos Everywhere!, including the largest Argentinosaurus—estimated to measure more than 100 feet in length and weigh up to 110 tons—free with admission.


Don't Miss Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest at Brookfield Zoo (Sept. 26 & 27)

Zoogoers can toss on their lederhosen and enjoy live Polka music at the Beer Garden from 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. on the East Mall to celebrate Oktoberfest on September 26 and 27. Available for purchase will be Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest beer and seasonal menu. Spot the mobile Oktoberfest pedicab and if you're over 21, you may just get your hands on some complimentary goodies courtesy of Leinenkugel's.


Enjoy Seasonal Food and Drink

Fall-inspired food and drink will be available to zoogers, including:

  • A self-guided beer tasting
  • Pretzels with beer cheese
  • Bratwurst and sausages
  • Hot chocolate and spiced wine
  • Cinnamon sugar pretzels 
  • Grilled corn 
  • Chili 


Take in the Fall Foliage

Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Chicago Zoological Society has held a leading international reputation for animal care and conservation, as well as providing a unique and natural experience for guests to enjoy via its many trees, flowers, and foliage. As an accredited arboretum, the zoo’s expansive walking trails offer visitors picturesque, tree-lined walks, and the zoo's historic Roosevelt Fountain is surrounded by an array of color, thanks to the bright yellows, reds and oranges of changing leaves during autumn. The zoo's vibrant and flourishing landscape includes both native and nonnative trees. Visitors can download resources to help them identify trees and guide their walk through the grounds.


Wear Your Costumes and Take Part in a Selfie Contest

Kids are encouraged to come decked out in costume and participate in an array of selfie contests by taking pictures in several giant photo frames throughout the park. All fall, the zoo will be giving away fun prizes to guests who snap a selfie at one of its selfie stations and share it on social media with the hashtag #BrookfieldZoo. For more details, czs.org/fallatbrookfieldzoo

Fall at the Zoo

  • Mon-Fri Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

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