Zoo Rentals 2017-08-31T17:42:11+00:00
The grounds at Cosley Zoo offer a beautiful setting for your next event.

The grounds at Cosley Zoo offer a beautiful setting for your next event.

Zoo Rentals

Cosley Zoo offers a unique setting for meetings, family events, celebrations, and more!

Thank you for your interest in renting a space at Cosley Zoo for your event. The following includes the various spaces, fees, amenities, and additional information for rentals at the zoo. Guests receive FREE zoo admission with any Cosley Zoo event rental.

Day Rentals (9am-5pm)

Click on tabs below to view details regarding the various rental options available.

Duck Pond Pavilion Capacity: 50

Rates: $295.00 for 2 hours; $95.00 per hour for each additional hour

The Duck Pond Pavilion is a casual outdoor covered pavilion for up to 50 people. Included in the rental fee are the following:

  • Free admission for your guests
  • 6 ft tables – up to 4
  • 8 ft tables – up to 6
  • Dark green table coverings – optional
  • Chairs- up to 50
  • 30 minutes set-up time prior to the reserved rental time
  • 30 minute break-down following the reserved rental time

The following amenities and services can be provided for an additional fee:

  • Live Animal Encounter (3 animal visit) – $79.00
  • Ice Cream Novelties (available seasonally) – Starting at $2.50 each.
  • Pitchers of Soda (includes cups) – $8.00 each.
  • Coffee Service (includes cups, cream, sugar) – $1.25/person
  • Water Service (includes pitchers or cooler of ice water and cups) – $.85/person
  • Catered Food and Beverage, Rented Tables, Chairs, or Linens – Please see our preferred vendor list for more information
Front Lawn Capacity: 250

Rental Rates: $700.00 for 2 hours; $200.00 per hour for each additional hour

Located along the east border of the zoo, the front lawn is adjacent to the picnic area and can accommodate up to 250 people. Valet parking may be required for events of 100 guests or more. Included in the rental fee are the following:

  • Free admission for your guests
  • Picnic tables – 10
  • 30 minutes set-up time prior to the reserved rental time
  • 30 minute break-down following the reserved rental time

The following amenities and services can be provided for an additional fee:

  • Strolling Animal Visit (3 live animals – 30 minutes) – Starting at $125.00
  • Catered Food and Beverage, Tables, Chairs, Linens, Tent Rentals, and Valet Parking – Please see our preferred vendor list for more information. Valet parking required for events over 100 guests.
The Kiebler Room Capacity: 100

Rental Rates: $450.00 for 2 hours; $125.00 per hour for each additional hour

The Kiebler Room is a second floor room that can accommodate up to 100 people, is climate controlled has private washrooms, and is accessible only by stairs. Included in the rental fee are the following:

  • Free admission for your guests
  • 8 ft tables – up to 13
  • Dark green table coverings – optional
  • Chairs – up to 100
  • 6 ft. toddler tables and chairs – maximum 2 tables and 18 chairs
  • 30 minutes set-up time prior to reserved rental time
  • 30 minute break-down following the reserved rental time

The following amenities and services can be provided for an additional fee:

  • Live Animal Encounter (3 animal visit) – $79.00
  • Ice Cream Novelties (available seasonally) – Starting at $2.50 each
  • Pitchers of Soda (includes cups) – $8.00 each
  • Coffee Service (includes cups, cream, sugar) – $1.25/person
  • Water Service (includes pitchers or cooler of ice water and cups) – $.85/person
  • Cups (cold drink)—$5/10
  • Catered Food and Beverage, Rented Tables, Chairs, and Linens – Please see our preferred vendor list for more information
The Outdoor Amphitheater Capacity: 35

Rental Rates: $150.00 for 2 hours; $50.00 per hour for each additional hour

The outdoor amphitheater offers seating shaded space for up to 35 people. Included in the rental fee are the following:

  • Free admission for your guests
  • 8 ft. table – 1
  • Dark green table covering – optional
  • Bench seating for up to 35 (no chairs)
  • A raised stage
  • 30 minutes set-up time prior to the reserved rental time
  • 30 minute break-down following the reserved rental time

The following amenities and services can be provided for an additional fee:

  • Live Animal Encounter (3 animal visit) – $79.00
  • Ice Cream Novelties (available seasonally) – Starting at $2.50each.
  • Pitchers of Soda (includes cups) – $8.00 each
  • Coffee Service (includes cups, cream, sugar) – $1.25/person
  • Water Service (includes pitchers or cooler of ice water and cups) – $.85/person

Evening Rentals (After 5pm)

Capacity: 100

Rental Rates: $700.00 for up to 4 hours

The Kiebler Room is a second floor room that can accommodate up to 100 people, is climate controlled, has private washrooms, and is accessible only by stairs. Included in the rental fee are the following:

  • 8 ft. tables – up to 13
  • Dark green table coverings – optional
  • Chairs – up to 100
  • 6 ft. toddler tables and chairs – maximum 2 tables and 18 chairs
  • 1 hour set-up time prior to reserved rental time
  • 30 minute break-down following the reserved rental time

The following amenities and services can be provided for an additional fee:

  • Live Animal Encounter (3 animals) – $79.00
  • Pitchers of Soda (includes cups) – $8.00 each
  • Coffee Service (includes cups, cream, sugar) – $1.25/person
  • Water Service (includes pitchers or cooler of ice water and cups) – $.85/person
  • Catered Food and Beverage, Upgraded Tables, Chairs, and Linens – Please see our preferred vendor list for more information
  • Alcoholic Beverages (provided and served by Arrowhead Golf Club) – Prices vary. Please see our preferred vendor list for contact information.
Zoo Evening Rentals Capacity: 500

Rental Rates: Sunday–Thursday $1,495.00; Friday/Saturday $1,695.00 for up to 6 hours

An entire zoo rental for up to 500 people gives you use of the front lawn, outdoor amphitheater, Duck Pond Pavilion, and second floor Kiebler Room. Wildlife can remain on exhibit until sunset, if requested. Valet parking required may be required for events of 250 guests or more. Included in the rental fee are the following:

  • Use of tables, linens and chairs in the Duck Pond Pavilion and Kiebler Room
  • 2 hour set-up time prior to the reserved rental time
  • 1 hour break-down following the reserved rental time

The following amenities and services can be provided for an additional fee:

  • Strolling Animal Visit (3 live animals – 30 minutes) – Starting at $175.00
  • Ice Cream Novelties (available seasonally) – Starting at $2.50 each
  • Catered Food and Beverage, Upgraded Linens, Additional Tables, Chairs, Tent Rentals and Valet parking—Please see our preferred vendor list for more information. Valet parking required for events of 250 guests or more.
  • Alcoholic Beverages (provided and served by Arrowhead Golf Club) – Prices vary. Please see our preferred vendor list for contact information.

Rental Procedures

Reservations & Payments

To make a reservation, please contact Tami at 630.510.5040 or tromejko@wheatonparks.org.

To complete a reservation, a non-refundable deposit is required along with a signed rental agreement. Your deposit is then credited towards the balance due. Deposit fees are 50% of the base rental fee.

Deposits are due within one (1) week of making the reservation and can be paid by cash, check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

The final balance is due two weeks prior to the rental date. Reservations made within three weeks of the event date are required to pay in full within one (1) week of making the reservation.

Deposits and balances can be paid in any of the following ways:

  1. In person at Cosley Zoo’s Wild Side Gift Shop
  2. Mail a check payable to Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton IL 60187
  3. Call 630-665-5534 and pay with credit card

Cosley Zoo Members

Wild Bunch Plus and Keeper Club Member levels receive a 10% discount off any base rental fee if the renter is an active member at the time of reservation or if a membership is purchased before final payment is due. Discount does not apply to rental add-ons. Discount may not be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Rental Coordinator/Rental Greeter

Your rental coordinator will assist you with any questions throughout your planning process up until the day of your event. On the day of your event, your rental greeter will meet you upon your arrival and check-in with you 1-2 times during your event. You are responsible for all unloading, set-up, and clean-up of your supplies. Cosley Zoo does not provide a team member to assist with this.

Non-Profit Organizations

Non-profit organizations receive a 10% discount off any base rental fee. Discount does not apply to rental add-ons. A federal ID number and tax-exempt form must be submitted with the rental agreement to receive the discount. Discount may not be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Food & Caterers

There are several food options when hosting an event at Cosley Zoo. You can choose anything from pizza delivery to full service catering. You may also choose to bring in your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Cosley Zoo offers a preferred vendor list for those looking to have a caterer on-site during their event.

Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed during daytime events. If you are interested in having beer and wine at your event, please see our evening rental options.

Animal Visits

live animal Add a special visit from our animal ambassadors to your event. Your guests will have an opportunity to see the animals up close and might even have an opportunity to touch some of them as well. Additional fee applies; please see the specific rental space for the animal visit option.

Animal visits must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to your event date.

Pets/outside animals are not allowed on zoo grounds.

Entertainment

Music and entertainment (face painters, magicians, etc.) are permitted with the approval of the zoo and may need to provide a certificate of insurance naming Cosley Zoo as additionally insured.

Set-up/Decorating

Time for set-up has been included in the rental fee. Please see the specific rental space for exact amount of set-up time included. If you need additional time for set-up, you must book this in advance with the rental coordinator. Additional fees apply.

Free standing and table top decorations are recommended. Thumbtacks, tape, or nails are not permitted on walls, ceilings, buildings or trees.

For the safety of our animals, Cosley Zoo does not allow:

  • Balloons
  • Confetti
  • Piñatas
  • Fireworks (including sparklers)
  • Chinese Lanterns
  • Grilling and open flame (birthday candles are allowed)

Clean Up

Time for clean-up has been included in the rental fee. Please see the specific rental space for exact amount of set-up time included. If you need additional time for clean-up, this must be scheduled with the rental coordinator in advance. Additional fees apply.

Parking

Cosley Zoo has limited public parking. We ask that you encourage your guests to carpool when possible. If parking is a concern, additional parking may be available depending on when your rental is scheduled. Please contact the rental coordinator for additional information. Valet parking may be required, see specific rental details.

Inclement Weather

Cosley Zoo remains open regardless of weather. If cancellation is requested due to inclement weather, the zoo will work with you to reschedule your event. Deposits are nonrefundable, but can be credited towards another date within 12 months of the cancellation. Rental deposits may only be used towards another rental and not towards other zoo amenities (gift shop purchases, programs, admissions, membership, etc.)