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Directions & Parking

Traffic Alert

Please note that construction projects in our area could cause delays in your trip to Brookfield Zoo. We want your trip to be as safe and direct as possible, so please check for possible detours and alternative routes, including public transportation.

Traffic Alert: I-55 and IL-171 (First Ave.) Interchange

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that lane reductions and ramp closures are necessary for a bridge reconstruction project along IL-171 (First Ave.) and the Interstate 55 (Stevenson) interchange. The project will reconstruct the bridges along northbound IL-171 from 47th Street to 55th Street as well as the interchange with I-55.

In order to complete the work, traffic on First Ave. at I-55 (Stevenson) will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Traffic will shift onto the newly constructed southbound lanes on First Ave. There will be occasional, overnight closures on I-55 near IL-171 and permanent shoulder closures on I-55 at First Ave. Beginning March 28, all ramps on northbound First Ave. will be closed to traffic in order to reconstruct the interchange.

According to IDOT, all lanes and ramps will reopen when the project is completed in Fall 2016, weather permitting.
Travel Midwest Construction Updates

Travel Alert: First Ave. Sewer Project

Road work begins on First Ave. on April 1 for a sewer project by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). The work is scheduled to begin on First Ave. in two locations: at 13th Street  from north to south along First Avenue to 30th Street. At the same time, work is scheduled to start in Riverside at the intersection of First and Forest avenues (near Riverside-Brookfield High School. Please consider alternate routes to access First Ave. during this time.

I-55 Detours to Brookfield Zoo

Northbound I-55 Detour:
Exit at Lagrange Road
Take Lagrange Rd. north to 31st Street
Turn right on 31st St. (east) and follow signs to Brookfield Zoo main parking lot (Golfview Rd.)

Southbound I-55 Detour
Exit at Harlem Ave.
Take Harlem Ave. north to Ogden (Rte 34)
Turn left on Ogden Ave. (west) (turn to First Avenue
Turn right on First Ave. (north) and follow signs to Brookfield Zoo parking lots

Take the Train to Brookfield Zoo!

Beat the Traffic with Public Transportation: If you want to skip the drive and not worry about traffic or parking, it's easy to get to Brookfield Zoo from downtown or the western suburbs via Metra's Burlington Northern Line. Exit at the Zoo Stop (Hollywood Station) and then walk two blocks northeast. You can also exit at the Brookfield station nea. To obtain a train schedule, call Metra at (312) 322-6777 or visit their Web site at www.metrarail.com.

Metra Map

Driving by Car

Brookfield Zoo is located at First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, just 14 miles west of downtown Chicago. There are exits to First Avenue from the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and from the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) (See detours above). Signs on First Avenue will direct you to the zoo's main entrance and zoo parking—or you can just follow the lion's roar!

North Parking Lot (Golfview Road)
GPS Address: 8400 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513

Parking Fee at the North Gate
Cars: $11.00
Buses: $15.00
A Cook County parking tax is included.
Members: Free

South Parking Lot
GPS Address: 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL 60513

Parking Fee at the South Gate
Cars: $11.00
Buses: $15.00
Members: $2.00

Visiting from Outside Chicago?

Our hotel partners can offer you some great deals on rooms and zoo admission.

Zoo Map
Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Behind the Scenes Adventure!

Go behind-the-scenes when you register for Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo.

Sign Up for Zoo Classes

Parents and young explorers can experience serious fun at one of our Family Play Classes!

Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo

Register for Teacher Classes

Teachers can choose from a wide variety of uniqe courses for continuing education credit at Brookfield Zoo.

Free Admission for Military Personnel

To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo's admission booths will be admitted free of charge.