Weddings at Brookfield Zoo


Whether you are looking for a casual setting or a formal space, Brookfield Zoo provides the ideal backdrop for your special day with lush grounds and tranquil settings. You and your guests can enjoy “Cocktails with the Animals” in a variety of settings. From sipping drinks and sampling hors d’oeuvres in the company of grizzly bears to apes to other inhabitants of Africa’s rain-forest canopies, you are sure to have a unique experience at our venue.

Brookfield Zoo provides four distinctive event sites for you to choose from. Your elegant dinner will be complete with themed decorations, live music, and outstanding food. Our catering team will craft a wedding menu that fits a variety of tastes and budgets. Our venue is the perfect place for unforgettable pictures among the sculpted gardens with an animal or two as the perfect backdrop!

If you are looking for an event venue with a truly remarkable ambiance, Brookfield Zoo is sure to be the perfect space for you. Our staff will work with you to help make sure your day runs smoothly and seamlessly. At Brookfield Zoo, we provide everything in-house for your convenience to make your planning process manageable, simple, and stress-free. Our unique space will provide an unforgettable setting for your special day.


What Couples are Saying:

“Perfect is the only word I could use to describe our wedding reception at Brookfield Zoo. Our salesperson, Luis, was communicative and professional when communicating in the months leading up to our wedding. He went above and beyond to make our day special, and we are forever grateful to him and the rest of the staff. The service was excellent. There’s too many individuals to thank. Many of my guests came and personally told me how much they enjoyed everything, and how good the staff members were. I have several individual stories of people all around the zoo doing their very best to make the experience of all guests excellent. Furthermore, the food was excellent. Brookfield provides in-house catering and open bar. Everybody raved about how delicious the food was, and the bar service was great. I am so happy we chose them!” – Michelle G


“We had our wedding reception at Brookfield zoo August 10th, 2019, and it was absolutely perfect and everything we wanted! Luis was our wedding coordinator, and from day one, he made it so easy to communicate and work through wedding tasks even though I live out of state. He was so flexible with us, from payment plans to dropping off all our table and venue decorations. He’s incredibly experienced, and he made the whole process as stress free as possible. Whatever it is you want, Luis will do his best to accommodate you. In terms of the actual reception itself, it was so beautiful! I grew up going to the Brookfield Zoo, and it was just so magical to have our cocktail hour by the giraffes and African wild dogs. The weather, the setting, and the service were impeccable, and I know all my guests, from the youngest cousin to my nana, felt the magic. My husband and I don’t love being the center of attention, and we’re not big on tradition either, so it was perfect to have a more relaxed cocktail hour. Our dinner was absolutely delicious, very fresh and beautifully prepared. We danced the night away, and our guests loved every minute. Everything was so well timed, I honestly never had to worry about anything. The restaurant staff were so polite and professional, and they were a huge help in breaking down all the decorations. I cannot recommend Brookfield Zoo enough! It was the best decision we could have made for a venue. We were very budget conscious as well, and with its inclusive packages, the zoo provided a beautiful, unique experience that was reasonably priced.” – Steph B