News Release
 
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351, sondra.katzen@czs.org
 
January 23, 2018
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Note: Images of any of the events listed below are available by calling the Chicago Zoological Society’s Public Relations Department at (708) 688-8351 or emailing sondra.katzen@czs.org.
 
Please note that admission to Brookfield Zoo is $21.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 3 to 11 and seniors age 65 and over. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $14.00 for cars and $20 for buses.
 
Brookfield Zoo’s Calendar of Events
(February-May 2018)
 
 
Valentine’s Dinner
February 10 (Saturday)
Tired of the same old Valentine’s Day dinner plans? Let Brookfield Zoo make all the arrangements for you and your significant other at a very special Valentine’s celebration! Begin your adventure at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception amidst the majestic giraffes in Habitat Africa! The Savannah. Afterwards, diners will be transported to the romantic setting at Bocaditos restaurant for a delectable four-course meal. Full bar service is included and musical entertainment will be provided. The cost is $225 per couple. Seating is limited. For more information and the required reservations, visit CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8355.
 
Valentine’s Brunch
February 11 (Sunday)
Are you looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? If so, join Brookfield Zoo for an extraordinary Valentine’s Champagne Brunch with your sweetheart, or spread the love and bring the entire family. During this special 11:00 a.m. brunch, guests will enjoy an elaborate array of delicious foods, including made to order omelettes, a carving station, seafood delights, luscious desserts, and so much more! Afterwards, take a stroll through the zoo with your loved ones to see your favorite animals. Seating is limited. The cost is $47 for adults and $37 for children 3-11. Children 2 and under eat for free. For more information and the required reservations, visit CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8355.
 
FREEze Day
February 11 (Sunday)
Head to Brookfield Zoo for winter-themed activities and FREE admission. The day’s events will feature wintry fun for the whole family, Attend dogsledding demonstrations from members of the Green Valley Dog Drivers and their four-legged friends between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the zoo’s West Mall. Members of the organization will engage guests in games and musher talks with their canine teams. Also joining the festivities will be representatives from the Forest Preserves of Cook County, who will be on hand to share information about their winter activities. Additionally, guests can attend informal Zoo Chats about winter-hardy animals, including a bird of prey, polar bears, Mexican gray wolves, and snow leopards. In the Hamill Family Play Zoo, youngsters can partake in a painting activity using feathers as brushes as well as create bird food sources and binoculars to take home. For more information, visit CZS.org/FREEzeDay or call (708) 688-8000.
 
NEW! Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest
February 24 (Saturday)
Come out of your winter hibernation and warm up at Brookfield Zoo's first-ever Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.! Enjoy sampling from a selection of more than 50 seasonal wines and whiskeys complimented with hors d'oeuvres. Chicago cover band Enough Said will provide entertainment. Guests will also have the opportunity to get up-close experiences with the zoo’s animal ambassadors. Come early to see the other animals, including those that favor the colder temperatures. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Space is limited. The cost is $85 for general admission ticket and $45 for designated driver ticket. For more information and the required reservations, visit CZS.org/WinterWineandWhiskey or call (708) 688-8000.
 
Breakfast with the Bunny
March 24, 25, and 31 (Saturdays and Sunday)
Hop over to Brookfield Zoo for its annual Breakfast with the Bunny. An all-you-can-eat buffet, held in the zoo’s Discovery Center, will feature a special appearance from costumed characters Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who will be available for photo opportunities. In addition, there will be live musical entertainment. Seatings are offered at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Pricing, which includes zoo admission and parking, is $29.95 for adults and $21.95 for children ages 3 to 11. Children 2 and under eat for free. Seatings are limited and reservations are required. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit CZS.org/Events  or call (708) 688-8355.
 
Easter Sunday Brunch
April 1 (Sunday)
Bring the family to Brookfield Zoo for a delectable all-you-can-eat Easter brunch, which is sure to satisfy even the largest of appetites. The buffet menu features a wide variety of items, including omelets, carving stations with accompaniments, seafood, a sweets table, and much more. Joining in the festivities will be costumed characters Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who will be on hand for photo opportunities, as well as live musical entertainment. Brunch seatings are offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and reservations are required. Pricing, which includes zoo admission and parking, is $41.95 for adults and $31.95 for children ages 3 to 11. Children 2 and under attend for free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8355.
 
Brookfield Zoo Goes Blue for Autism Awareness
April 7 (Saturday)
Brookfield Zoo is partnering with Autism Speaks to take part in the annual Zoos Goes Blue campaign. The event takes place at select AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America during World Autism Awareness Month. To commemorate the day, the zoo’s iconic lion statues will be clothed in blue scarves, and blue flags will decorate the park’s grounds. Throughout the day, special Zoos Goes Blue activities will be taking place for families with children on the autism spectrum. These include a “quiet hour on the Carousel, a sensory-friendly Dolphins in Action presentation, and special animal Zoo Chats. For more information, call (708) 688-8000.
 
Ape Awareness Days
April 14-15 (Saturday-Sunday)
Swing over to Brookfield Zoo to learn about the ape species that live in the zoo’s Tropic World: orangutans, western lowland gorillas, and white-cheeked gibbons. The event will feature special Zoo Chats about each of the species, as well as ape-related activities that you’ll go bananas over. Everyone can make a difference for apes in the wild, and zoogoers will hear firsthand how they can help. For more information, visit CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8000.
 
Party for the Planet
April 22 (Sunday)
Go “green” and head to Brookfield Zoo for its annual Party for the Planet celebration, presented by energySMART, a Nicor Gas program. Learn about the different ways you can make Earth-friendly choices such as conserving energy, riding a bike, or recycling, all of which can have a positive impact on the planet. During this fun-filled family event, participate in green-themed craft activities, help staff plant flowers and a tree, visit with representatives at the Eco Expo, and find about the animals at special Zoo Chats. In addition, representatives from several recycling organizations, including ECO-CELL and Soles for Kids, will be onsite collecting items from zoogoers. For more information and a full list of recyclable items, visit CZS.org/PartyforthePlanet or call (708) 688-8000.
 
The Whirl
April 28 (Saturday)
The Women’s Board and Board of Trustees of the Chicago Zoological Society is hosting the 37th annual Whirl fund-raising gala at Brookfield Zoo. This year’s black-tie event, themed “Whirl of Fortune,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring opportunities for up-close experiences with animal ambassadors. Dinner and dancing will follow. The evening also features a raffle, live auction, and paddle raise. Proceeds support the animals at Brookfield Zoo, as well as the Society’s conservation, education, and research programs. Tickets are $700 per person. Tables of 10 are also available. For reservations and further information, visit pjhchicago.com/event/zoo or call (312) 553-2000.
 
Mother’s Day Brunch
May 13 (Sunday)
Give Mom the day off and let Brookfield Zoo’s executive chef do the cooking. Enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day brunch featuring cooked to order eggs and an omelet station, a carving station and accompaniments, scrumptious sweet table, and much more. Champagne and other beverages will be served tableside. Two seatings are offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Afterwards take mom on a walk through the zoo to see her favorite animals. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Pricing, which includes zoo admission and parking, is $41.95 for adults and $31.95 for children ages 3 to 11. Children 2 and under eat for free. For further information and to make reservations, visit CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8355.
 
Bear Awareness Weekend
May 19-20 (Saturday-Sunday)
B-eary fun activities await guests at Brookfield Zoo’s annual Bear Awareness Weekend. Guests of all ages can attend special Zoo Chats about the zoo’s three species of bears—grizzly, polar, and sloth—and find out what challenges they face in the wild, as well as what conservation efforts are being done to help wild bear populations. The zoo’s volunteers will have exploration carts featuring a variety of bear artifacts for guests to touch. At Hamill Family Play Zoo (additional fee applies), youngsters can partake in bear-themed crafts. For further information, visit CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8000.
 
Amazing Arachnids—NEW
May 26-September 3
This summer, discover the marvels of eight-legged critters at Brookfield Zoo’s new temporary exhibit—Amazing Arachnid—that will explore human-arachnid cultural connections. Guests will have the opportunity to get up close to 100 live arachnids displayed in three themed areas that highlight their unique characteristics and importance in several genres, including medical research, music, literature, film, conservation, folklore, and mythology. Special Zoo Chats and hands-on interactives and opportunities for guests of all ages such as weaving a spider web, will enhance the experience.
Another component of Amazing Arachnids connects guests to the stories and strengths of 16 endangered species, including spiders, which can be seen at Brookfield Zoo. Giant colorful spinning wheels highlight 48 missions or tasks that link guests with one of the animals in a gigantic maze. After spinning the wheel, zoogoers are then challenged to move through the immersive attraction that introduces themes of species survival and protection through play-and-learn interactives like a climb-on spider web, jungle vines, swinging bars, and a falcon monorail zip slide. Youngsters and families can play over and over again with a new adventure each time, all the while lending more and more meaning to their subsequent journey around the zoo meeting the animals with which they now have a personal connection. The cost for Amazing Arachnids is $5 for adults and $3 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and over.
 
 
 
Brookfield Zoo, located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Ill., is open every day of the year from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Indoor animal exhibits close a half hour before the zoo closes.)
 
Admission is $21.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and older. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Admission to the zoo is free on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in January and February. From October through December, admission is free on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
 
From early spring through late fall, Brookfield Zoo offers general zoo admission plus attraction packages at discounted rates. Group rates also are available to groups of 20 or more. For information on group rates, call (708) 688-8431.
 
Parking is $14 for cars and $20 for buses. (A Cook County parking tax is included.)
 
For more details on admission packages, pricing, or to pre-purchase tickets or memberships, go to CZS.org.
 
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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 at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, 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 CZS.org.

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