News Release

July 11, 2012

Contact : Sondra Katzen
Chicago Zoological Society

Go Buggy at Brookfield Zoo’s Bugapalooza
Beatles Tribute Band American English to Perform Free Concert on July 29

     Brookfield, Ill.—In celebration of its summerlong Xtreme BUGS exhibit, presented by Dominick’s, Brookfield Zoo is going all-out buggy with Bugapalooza on Sunday, July 29, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The fun-filled, bug-themed day will take place on the zoo’s East Mall and feature a performance by the popular Beatles tribute band American English, as well as many other activities, including a Volkswagen Beetle car show, ladybug releases, and special bug Zoo Chats.

The tribute band American English will take the stage at 3:00 p.m. for a free two-hour concert to perform favorites from The Beatles’ early years, including “She Loves You,” “Twist and Shout,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” and many others. Then take a Magical Mystery Tour with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, followed by a spectacular musical excursion through the final years of The Beatles on The White Album, with hits like “Let It Be” and “Abbey Road.”

American English was recently featured in Newsweek's special commemorative issue, The Beatles!, as one of the best Beatles tribute bands around the globe. The band was voted No. 1 in sound-alike contests at Beatlefest® for three consecutive years and has headlined International Beatle Week in Liverpool, England. It has also won the Illinois Entertainer of the Year award and has been voted the "Best Tribute Band" for three of the last four years by its fans in the Chicagoland area. American English has shared the stage with musical headliners such as The Grassroots, The Neville Brothers, Three Dog Night, The Ides of March, Eric Burdon, The Buckinghams, The Doobie Brothers, and Badfinger.

For those who like to drive a bug, a Volkswagen Beetle car show around Roosevelt Fountain will feature classic to current models and hardtops to convertibles. And if you want to get your picture taken with a bug, the zoo’s grasshopper costumed character will be available for photo opportunities on the East Mall.

Additional activities that will have youngsters buzzing with excitement include helping staff release 1,500 ladybugs at the flower bed just east of Roosevelt Fountain at 1:00 p.m. and in Hamill Family Play Zoo (admission fee applies) at 2:30 p.m. Families can also learn about the importance of bees from Bob’s Bees, who will have a beehive, equipment, and more to demonstrate the art of beekeeping.

A variety of animal Zoo Chats will be presented throughout the day. These informal presentations conducted by zoo staff will feature talks about butterflies, cockroaches, and spiders, as well as some bug predators, including armadillos, aardvarks, and meerkats.

Of course, Bugapalooza would not be complete without a visit to the zoo’s Xtreme BUGS exhibit, which features more than 20 animatronic bugs, as well as approximately 150 nonmoving bugs. Additionally, zoogoers can see live bugs in Harry's Big Adventure: My Bug World! presented by Terminix, which is housed in a 5,000-square-foot tent. There, guests can have a multisensory experience that immerses them in the world of bugs as they journey through a variety of habitats, sights, sounds, and social structures of some of the world’s smallest yet most important creatures. Xciting activities also include bug-cooking demonstrations and cockroach races.

Admission to Brookfield Zoo is $15 for adults and $10.50 for children ages 3 to 11 and seniors 65 and over. Xtreme BUGS admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 3 to 11 and seniors 65 and over (half price for Brookfield Zoo members) in addition to regular zoo admission. Children two and under are free. A 20 percent discounted combo ticket of general zoo admission and Xtreme BUGS admission may be purchased at participating Dominick’s stores. Parking is $10. For further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.
The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit

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