News Release

Contact: Maureen Jasculca,, 763.442.0165

September 17, 2020


Brookfield Zoo Offering Family Fun During Fall at the Zoo, Sept. 25 – Nov. 1

With this year’s Boo! at the Zoo canceled to ensure the safety of all zoo guests and staff, there are five fall-tastic reasons to visit Brookfield Zoo this fall

Brookfield, Ill.—As families and friends throughout the Chicago region look for creative ways to enjoy fall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago Zoological Society and Brookfield Zoo are offering zoogoers fall-tastic fun during Fall at the Zoo, while enjoying and learning about animals of all kinds—including Ahava, the three-month-old snow leopard cub.

Last Chance to Experience Dinos Everywhere!
The zoo’s earth-shaking exhibit of more than 40 animatronic dinosaurs all throughout the park, Dinos Everywhere! is open through November 1. Visitors will get to experience Dinos Everywhere!, including the largest Argentinosaurus—estimated to measure more than 100 feet in length and weigh up to 110 tons—free with admission.

Don't Miss Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest at Brookfield Zoo (Sept. 26 & 27)
Zoogoers can toss on their lederhosen and enjoy live Polka music at the Beer Garden from 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. on the East Mall to celebrate Oktoberfest on September 26 and 27. Available for purchase will be Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest beer and seasonal menu. Spot the mobile Oktoberfest pedicab and, if you're over 21, you may just get your hands on some complimentary goodies courtesy of Leinenkugel's.

Enjoy Seasonal Food and Drink

Fall-inspired food and drink will be available to zoogoers, including:

· A self-guided beer tasting

· Pretzels with beer cheese

· Bratwurst and sausages

· Hot chocolate and spiced wine

· Cinnamon sugar pretzels

· Grilled corn

· Chili

Take in the Fall Foliage

Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Chicago Zoological Society has held a leading international reputation for animal care and conservation, as well as providing a unique and natural experience for guests to enjoy via its many trees, flowers, and foliage. As an accredited arboretum, the zoo’s expansive walking trails offer visitors picturesque, tree-lined walks, and the zoo's historic Roosevelt Fountain is surrounded by an array of color, thanks to the bright yellows, reds, and oranges of changing leaves during autumn. The zoo's vibrant and flourishing landscape includes both native and nonnative trees. Visitors can download resources to help them identify trees and guide their walk through the grounds.

Wear Your Costumes and Take Part in a Selfie Contest

Kids are encouraged to come decked out in costume and participate in an array of selfie contests by taking pictures in several giant photo frames throughout the park. All fall, the zoo will be giving away fun prizes to guests who snap a selfie at one of its selfie stations and share it on social media with the hashtag #BrookfieldZoo. For more details, visit

There’s no shortage of fun to be had this fall at Brookfield Zoo! Advance tickets are required, visit


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

 Photo Captions (photo credit: Chicago Zoological Society)
Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4: Guests who visit Brookfield Zoo in October will be able to see beautiful fall foliage across the entire park, which is also an accredited arboretum. 

Photo 5: Cinnamon llama inspects a leaf that's fallen into her habitat in Hamill Family Wild Encounters at Brookfield Zoo. 

Photo 6: Kids and adults alike are welcome to wear their Halloween costume and snap a selfie at Brookfield Zoo to take part in our Fall at the Zoo Selfie Contest. 

Photo 7: T-Rex is settling in for the fall as Dinos Everywhere! at Brookfield Zoo has been extended through November 1. 


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


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