News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
May 20, 2019 
Brookfield Zoo Hosts Inaugural Roars and Pours
Enjoy Sampling Wines and Spirits Amongst the Animals

Brookfield, Ill. – With the spring temperatures warming up, head to Brookfield Zoo for its inaugural Roars and Pours on Saturday, May 18, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Whether you are a connoisseur or novice, this 21-and-over-only event gives guests the chance to sample more than 40 wines and spirits from around the world.

Throughout the evening guests can sample a variety of wines from Scotto Cellars, Quintessential Wines, Monsieur Touton, Domaine Bousquet, Raywood Winery, Weingut Esterházy, True Vino, Backpack Wine, ManCan. Badger Mountain Vineyard, and Villa Jolanda. In addition, several spirits vendors will be on hand: Cihuatán Rum, Infuse Spirits, Jackson Morgan Whiskey Cream, Maracame Tequila,  Prolijo Mezcal, Rush Creek Distilling, Western Son Distillery, and William Wolf Whiskies.

Guests will have a roaring good time enjoying music and up-close experiences with several of the zoo’s animal ambassadors during meet and greets. Fare also may be purchased from several of Chicago’s best food trucks that will be on hand for the event.

Two ticket options are available, which include free parking and admission to the zoo on May 18 (from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), Attendees are encouraged to come early to see the flowers in bloom and visit their favorite animals. General admission is $65 and includes samples of more than 40 wines and spirits and a commemorative tasting glass. A designated driver ticket also is available for $45 and includes unlimited soft drinks.

Located at Brookfield Zoo’s Pavilions, ‘Roars and Pours’ is for adults ages 21 and over only; children will not be allowed to attend the event. Tickets are limited and available CZSorg/RoarsPours.

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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities 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 also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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