News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, 708.688.8351,
October 25, 2018

New Two-Mile Reindeer Run at Brookfield Zoo

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     Brookfield, Ill. – Zoogoers are invited to grab their glow sticks and running shoes and head to Brookfield Zoo for its first Reindeer Run, sponsored by Revolution Brewing, on the evening of Saturday, November 24. With a two-mile course entirely inside the park, families and friends can "fun run" or walk along the pathways decorated with one million LED lights for the zoo’s annual Holiday Magic festival, which begins December 1.

The non-competitive run (not timed) will begin at 7:00 p.m. in front of The Pavilions. Registrants may enter and check-in at the zoo’s north gate entrance beginning at 5:30 p.m. During the evening, participants can enjoy taking a spin or two on The Carousel, and meeting several of the zoo’s animal ambassadors who will make appearances at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a selection of food and beverages available for purchase. Registered participants who are over 21 will receive a complimentary drink, courtesy of Revolution Brewing.
Registration for Reindeer Run is $25 per person (plus a $2.50 sign-up fee), which includes a commemorative warm knit beanie featuring the Reindeer Run logo.

Participants should park in the zoo’s main north lot at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield. Family and friends are welcome to cheer on their favorite runners, but will have limited access to only the North Mall, Pavilions, and Carousel Plaza during and after the run.
Reindeer Run is a rain, shine, or snow event. The zoo encourages all participants to be prepared and wear proper clothing and footwear. Space is limited. To register and for additional information, go to
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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 is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


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


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