Train: Burlington/Santa Fe to Zoo Stop (Hollywood Station)(708) 688-8000 brookfieldzoo.org41.830159 -87.834998 3300 Golf Rd Brookfield, West Suburbs
Mon–Sat 9:30am–6pm, Sun 9:30am–7:30pm$15, kids and seniors $10.50, kids 2 and under and members free
Set on 216 acres, Brookfield is home to nearly 6,000 animals, including 3,000 invertebrates, representing 436 species. See Carver, the oldest-known wombat, and the orangutans, monkeys, gorillas and gibbons that populate “Tropic World,” one of the largest indoor animal exhibits anywhere. The rehabbed grizzly and polar-bear grottos, called Great Bear Wilderness, are among the many other attractions.