News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
January 18, 2018
Note: As this is the first time Brookfield Zoo is having its Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest, images include the logo and the band Enough Said that will be playing at the event. You can download these images here:

Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest logo

Enough Said (band)
Warm Up at Brookfield Zoo’s First-Ever Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest
            Brookfield, Ill. – Join Brookfield Zoo for its first-ever Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest on Saturday, February 24, from 4:00. to 8:00 p.m. at the zoo’s Discovery Center. With more than 50 seasonal wines and whiskeys to sample, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, live music, and animal ambassadors, this casual, fun-filled event offers guests ages 21 and over the perfect excuse to come out of winter hibernation and head to Brookfield Zoo.

One of Chicago’s top cover bands, Enough Said, will serve as the live entertainment for the event, performing top hits that are sure to have guests singing and dancing between sips of cabernet and bourbon (see the complete wine and whiskey list below). Attendees will be able to indulge in spicy Cajun meatballs, plum tomato and basil bruschetta, miniature chicken kabobs, fried shrimp, Filipino lumpias (spring rolls), cheese and crackers, and more (including some crowd-favorite snacks like popcorn, pretzels, and hotdogs). Don’t forget to look out for the zoo’s animal ambassadors, who will be making appearances throughout the evening for up-close experiences.

Two ticket options are available, both of which include free parking and admission to the zoo on February 24 (from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) – so attendees can plan to arrive a couple hours before the fest to enjoy all the zoo has to offer:

  • General admission tickets are $85 (zoo members pay $75) and include samplings from more than 50 wines and whiskeys, hors d'oeuvres, and a commemorative glass.

  • Designated driver tickets are $45 and include unlimited soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres (no wine or whiskey).

Located at Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center, the Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest is for adults ages 21 and over; children will not be allowed to attend the event. Tickets are limited and available at

Wine List:

  • Napa by Napa Red (Scotto Family)

  • Napa by Napa White (Scotto Family)

  • Rich & Creamy Chardonnay (Scotto Family)

  • Rare Black Blend (Scotto Family)

  • Rare Purple Blend (Scotto Family)

  • Howling Moon Old Vine Zinfandel (Scotto Family)

  • Howling Moon Pinot Noir (Scotto Family)

  • Regio Moscato (Scotto Family)

  • Obsession Symphony

  • Ironstone Cabernet

  • Ironstone Petite Sirah

  • Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel

  • Tropical Passion Fruit Moscato

  • Tropical Mango Moscato

  • Pillar Box Red

  • Truffle Hunter Barbera D’Asti

  • Simonsig Chenin Blanc

  • Two Angels Petite Sirah

  • Terrapura Pinot Noir

  • Ranga Ranga Sauvignon Blanc

  • Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc

  • Lago Red

  • Marilyn Rouge

  • Lago Rose

Whiskey List:

  • Infuse Broken Barrel Bourbon

  • Jailers Tennessee Whiskey

  • Vicomte Single Malt French Whiskey

  • J.R. Ewing Bourbon

  • Henderson Bourbon

  • Title 21 Bourbon

  • Title 21 Rye

  • William Wolf Bourbon

  • William Wolf Rye

  • William Wolf Pecan Bourbon

  • William Wolf Coffee Whiskey

  • William Wolf Apple Whiskey

  • William Wolf Peach Whiskey

  • William Wolf Frisky Whiskey

  • Quincy Street Laughton Brothers Straight Bourbon

  • Quincy Street North American Steamship Rye

  • Quincy Street Salt Creek Illinois Straight Corn Whiskey

  • Quincy Street Baby Bourbon

  • Quincy Street Water Tower on Fire

  • Quincy Street Water Tower White Lightning

  • Jackson Morgan Southern Bread Pudding

  • Jackson Morgan Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

  • Jackson Morgan Peaches and Crème

  • Jackson Morgan Banana

  • Jackson Morgan Salted Carmel

  • Jackson Morgan Whipped Orange Crème

  • Jackson Morgan Peppermint Mocha

  • Lakehouse Spiced Rum (Cardinal Sprits)

  • Songbird Coffee Liqueur (Cardinal Spirits)

  • Honey Schnapps (Cardinal Sprits)

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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


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


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