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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,                                                                        
January 11, 2017

Chicago Zoological Society to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. with Musical Celebration
Free Admission to Brookfield Zoo on January 16—Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Brookfield, Ill.—Join Chicago Zoological Society staff for a musical celebration in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16, at Brookfield Zoo. In honor of the day, zoo admission will be free (a parking fee will still apply).

At noon, guests can stop by the zoo’s Discovery Center to meet some of the zoo’s animal ambassadors and enjoy performances by members of the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project and Shift: Englewood Youth Orchestra. Afterwards, Rev. Debra Williams will share some inspirational remarks.

Guests are then invited to stay for a viewing of Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered on August 28, 1963. On that historic day, Dr. King, one of the most prominent leaders of the civil rights movement, shared his dream with a large crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.  Following the viewing, there will be another musical performance by Claire Samojedny and the Matea Valley String Ensemble.

In addition, youngsters will be invited to participate in a craft activity of sharing their dreams on peace flags, which will be hung on branches and displayed in the zoo’s Hamill Family Play Zoo for guests to view.

This event is hosted by staff members of the Society’s Arcoiris group, whose mission is to achieve organizational excellence through diversity.
For further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.


About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire 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 Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. 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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Sondra Katzen
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Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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