Featured Animals/Aquariums/Zoos/Wildlife

Brookfield Zoo

The Brookfield Zoo is a 216-acre zoo that is known worldwide for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits. Field trips for Illinois schools are free every day. 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield, IL 60513. Cook County. Tel: 708-688-8000. Cost: Free/Fee.... More Info

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Adams Wildlife Sanctuary

2315 Clear Lake Ave., Springfield, IL 62703. 217-544-2473. A 40-acre property owned and operated by the Illinois Audubon Society. Groups will enjoy bird watching, walking along the trails, and seeing trees such as the silver maple and black walnut. Free.

Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 North Clark St., Chicago IL 60614. Offers students and scouts a chance to observe wildlife from across the globe right in the heart of Chicago, with 15 different exhibits and animal houses. The Nature Boardwalk is a preserved ecosystem in which visitors can view and learn about native birds, fish, and more. Free.

Miller Park Zoo

1020 S. Morris Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701. 309-434-2250. This zoo has many large exhibits, featuring animals from sun bears to river otters, reindeer and snow leopards. Programs include a classroom discussion and a scavenger hunt, to make connections between the animals and the chosen topic. Fee.

Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo

9906 IL-15, Nashville, IL 62263. Washington County. 618-424-7979. Take a walk through the Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo! Guided tours introduce your group to all kinds of animals they can meet, greet, and pet. They will also learn about the land, farms, and stories of the over 200 critters who call the ranch home. Fee.