Brookfield Zoo, Chicago area

3300 Golf Road Brookfield, IL 60513
Tel: (708) 688-8400

Brookfield Zoo is home to animals representing more than 400 species.


Cosley Zoo, Wheaton

1356 Gary Avenue Wheaton, IL 60187
Tel: (630) 665-5534


Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield

1100 E Lake Drive Springfield, IL 62712
Tel: (217)585-1821


John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

1200 S Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605
Tel: (312) 939-2438

One of the world’s largest indoor aquariums, housing over 32,000 aquatic animals representing some 1,500 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Aquarium has operated since 1930, and is committed to a number of projects designed to preserve threatened or endangered aquatic species.


Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

2200 North Cannon Drive Chicago, IL 60614
Tel: (312) 742-2020

In 1868, a gift of a pair of swans began Lincoln Park Zoo and its commitment to the world's wildlife. Located in close-by Lincoln Park, almost 1,000 animals make their home here. Beautiful lions, along with other rare and endangered wildlife are exhibited in natural, park-like surroundings.


Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington

1020 S Morris Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61701
Tel: (309) 434-2250

The Zoo is open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas--featuring a walk-through Wallaby exhibit, an interactive bird exhibit, along with a sun bear, snow leopards, red wolves, Sumatran tiger, and a new Children's Zoo.


Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley

13010 Niabi Zoo Road Coal Valley, IL 61240
Tel: (309) 799-3482

Started in 1957, the Zoo first opened its gates to the public in 1959 as the McLain's Wild Animal Farm. Today it holds over 140 different species including lions, giraffes, zebras, snow leopard, gibbons, and red wolves.


Peoria Zoo

2218 N Prospect Road Peoria, IL 61603
Tel: (309) 686-3365

Overlooking the Illinois River, the Peoria Zoo has a diverse animal collection which includes primates, reptiles small mammals, lions, meerkats, tigers and spider monkeys. AFRICA! recently doubled the size of the Zoo and brings lions back to Peoria along with giraffes, rhinoceros and much more. Admission to the Zoo includes same day admission to next-door Luthy Botanical Gardens.


Phillips Park Zoo, Aurora

1000 Ray Moses Dr. Aurora, IL 60505
Tel: (630) 256-3860

Established in 1915, the Zoo is located 40 miles west of Chicago, focusing on native animals, including wolves, bald eagles, a mountain lion, and reptiles.

Scovill Zoo, Decatur

71 S Country Club Road Decatur, IL 62521
Tel: (217)421-7435