Discover which spectacular venue at Brookfield Zoo Chicago is right for your event.

Dining and Meeting Venues:

Discovery Center: Serving as Brookfield Zoo Chicago's premiere banquet facility, Discovery Center offers an array of room options ideal for receptions, banquets, dances and business meetings:
Savannah Room - Capacity: 300 (reception); 240 (banquet rounds); 200 (theater)
Founders Room - Capacity: 75 (reception); 40 (banquet rounds); 50 (theater)
Riverside Lobby - Capacity: 150 (reception)

The Pavilions: If you want to host a “wild” function at Brookfield Zoo Chicago, you can choose from four new exotic venues. The Pavilions are located near the North Gate entrance, with 235 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds as background, and can accommodate approximately 2,000 guests for both day and evening events.The space can be rented out from early spring through late fall. The Pavilions area is gated, offering privacy for guests. In addition, a full-service kitchen has been incorporated into the design so staff can better serve clients.
Pavilion Plaza - Capacity: 2,000 (reception); 1,000 (seated)
Swan Pavilion - Capacity: 350 (reception); 200 (banquet rounds); 300 (theater)
Bison Pavilion - Capacity: 75 (seated)
Dolphin Pavilion - Capacity: 75 (seated)
Peacock Pavilion - Capacity: 40 (seated)

Cocktails with the Animals:

Great Bear Wilderness Underwater Viewing: Explore the wilderness and celebrate among playful grizzly and polar bears. Enjoy fresh air in a scenic, lush landscape or trek below the surface to enjoy dual underwater viewing windows with bears swimming through your backdrop.
Capacity: 200 (reception)

Tropic World: Explore the lush rainforest canopies of Africa while monkeys, apes, birds, and other amazing animals look on.
Capacity: 400 (reception)

The Swamp: Drift along a Cajun country bayou and get close to crocodiles, wood storks, snapping turtles, river otters, and a host of other wetland creatures.
Capacity: 400 (reception)

Seven Seas: Enjoy the graceful antics of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins as they provide a constantly changing backdrop to your festive event.
Capacity: 250 (reception)

The Living Coast: Break away to the coastal waters of South America and see moon jellies, sharks, green sea turtles, and a myriad of sea creatures.
Capacity: 200 (reception)

Habitat Africa: Visit the plains of Africa and mingle with giraffes and other magnificent animals as they move gracefully across the savannah. Both indoor and outdoor event venues are available.
Capacity: 100 (reception)

Seasonal Venues:

Sea Lion Cove: Watch sea lions and seals splish and splash in their open-air exhibit. Go nose to nose with these playful pinnipeds as they glide past you in the Underwater Viewing Area.
Capacity: 175 (reception)


Thanks for your interest in hosting your event at Brookfield Zoo Chicago! To book your event or find out more information, please tell us a little bit about your special day and you will be contacted by one of our party professionals shortly.


Interested in learning more? Call (708) 688-8355.