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A Venue Unlike Any Other

Make your private event special by choosing Chicago’s premier venue: a place where the world of wildlife thrives all around you. We have stunning spaces, expert event partners, and prime real estate. With nature as the backdrop, make every event unforgettable.

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Rent the Entire Zoo

You can rent the entire zoo for your grand, exclusive event of up to 20,000 guests. With this option, you’ll book all the zoo’s indoor and outdoor animal habitats, gardens, and the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel.

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Ann Milligan Gray Room at Matthew Laflin Memorial Building
An indoor, historic space with unique architecture and rooms.
AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
Immersive indoor space amidst big cat exhibits, and the nearby, outdoor carousel featuring 48 artisan-crafted wooden animal replicas.
Barn
A rustic barn, echoing feelings of a midwestern family farm experience.
Bird’s Eye Bar & Grill
An open-air rooftop among the treetops in the heart of the zoo.
Café Brauer
Introduce timeless style to your event by booking at a historic Chicago landmark.
Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café
One of the zoo’s oldest historic landmarks, located in the heart of the zoo.
Farm House
An intimate house amidst at Farm-in-the-Zoo, where guests can interact with animals.
Farm-in-the-Zoo
The farm buildings, including the Main Barn, ranch-style Farm House, and Dairy Barn.
Foreman Pavilion
An open-air pavilion that overlooks Waterfowl Lagoon and Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond.
Helen Brach Primate House
This fun, immersive space is surrounded by the habitats of 10 different primate species.
Main Mall
The epic centerpiece of the zoo with views of African lions, harbor seals, and the historic Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café.
Park Place Terrace & South Lawn
Bordered by swan, primate, and flamingo exhibits, the terrace and gently sloping lawn are ideal for outdoor events.
Regenstein African Journey
An immersive animal house, home to lively habitats and species with room for spacious receptions and seated gatherings.
Regenstein Center for African Apes
A space located among the great ape habitats with huge glass windows separating guests from the primates.
Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House
Surrounded by a tropical ecosystem, this space has a soaring 45-foot-high glass dome ceiling and reception options at ground level and overlooking the forest canopy.

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