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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,

January 26, 2016


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Brookfield Zoo Offers Valentine’s Dinner and Brunch

            Brookfield, Ill.—Treat your sweetie to a Valentine’s dining adventure at Brookfield Zoo on Saturday, February 13. The unique evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a variety of hors d’oeuvres—artichoke  beignets, brie and raspberry en croute, pepper-crusted fresh salmon with tarragon aioli, and stuffed mushrooms—at the Seven Seas underwater viewing gallery, where you can see the dolphins swimming in their habitat.

Afterwards, take a cozy heated ride to the zoo’s Bocaditos dining room for a delectable four-course meal prepared by the zoo’s executive chef. Dinner begins with a tomato bisque en croute and mixed baby greens with a champagne or raspberry vinaigrette. An intermezzo of lemon sorbet served in a frozen lemon rind bowl precedes the main course of petit filet and lobster tail. Accompaniments include wild mushroom ragout, twice-baked potatoes, and French green beans. A vegetarian option of linguine primavera with grilled vegetables in a roasted eggplant bowl is also offered. Be sure to save room for a mouthwatering dessert of chocolate Marjolaine—two layers of chocolate meringue filled with white chocolate mousse, ganache, and dark chocolate ruffles. After dinner, take a spin or two on the dance floor. The cost, which includes full bar service, tax, and gratuity, is $225 per couple.

As another option, bring your significant other or the entire family to Brookfield Zoo on Valentine’s Day, February 14, for a scrumptious all-you-can-eat champagne brunch at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy an array of delicious items, including eggs Benedict, pancakes, bacon and sausage, Caesar and mixed greens salads, butternut squash soup, made-to-order omelets, smoked salmon, crab cakes, grilled lamb kabobs, shrimp cocktail, round of beef with port wine sauce, and salmon in puff pastry with lingonberries. A decadent sweets table will feature chocolate fondue dip with fresh fruit, assorted pastries, pretzel sticks, and marshmallow treats. Afterwards, take a stroll through the zoo to see your favorite animals. The cost, which includes zoo admission and parking, is $45 for adults and $35 for children ages 3-11. Children 2 and under eat for free.

Seating is limited and reservations are required for the dinner and the brunch. For further information, including a complete list of menu items, and to make reservations, visit or call (708) 688-8355.

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About the Chicago Zoological Society
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 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. 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


Sondra Katzen
Director of Public Relations
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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