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BROOKFIELD - The Chicago Zoological Society, based on the guidance set forth by state and local officials, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and consistent with the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Chicago Botanic Gardens, has decided to close all indoor public spaces and events at Brookfield Zoo effective March 14 through at least April 1.
This includes all indoor animal exhibits, the Discovery Center, restaurants and gift shops. Food and merchandise will be available for purchase only at outdoor walk-up locations and mobile food and merchandise carts.
During this time, guests may still enjoy the outdoor spaces. Public restrooms will be open during this time and will be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
During this time, with limited access to indoor animal viewing and programming admission to Brookfield Zoo will be free, but parking fees still apply.
All events and animal programs, including but not limited to dolphin presentations and viewing areas, keeper chats, Zoo Goes Blue for Autism, Penguin Encounters and Poolside Penguin Feedings are cancelled. Those who have already made reservations or pre-purchased tickets, should watch for an email with information on how to receive a refund, reschedule a reservation for the animal programs, or exchange tickets for a future date.