News Release

Contact: Sondra Katzen, 708.688.8351,

November 14, 2019
Lights and Lagers Offers Unique way to see Brookfield Zoo all lit up for the Holidays
Brookfield, Ill. – Enjoy the lights of Holiday Magic as you stroll through Brookfield Zoo while sampling adult beverages during Lights and Lagers on Friday, December 6, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. In addition to beer tasting, the 21-and-over after-hours event will feature a DJ in the Holly Jolly Theatre, up-close experiences with the zoo’s animal ambassadors, and more than one million LED lights.

Six tasting stations located throughout the zoo —Seven Seas Underwater Viewing, ITW Room at Bramsen Animal Ambassador Building, Great Bear Wilderness Underwater Viewing, Feathers and Scales, The Swamp, and Holly Jolly Theater—will be staffed with representatives from participating breweries, including, Kinslahger Brewing Company, Finch Beer Co., Ballast Point Chicago, Rogue Ales, Leinenkugel’s, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Mike’s Hard Lemonade, New Belgium Brewing Company, The Boston Beer Company, Revolution Brewing, Brickstone Brewery Company, Noon Whistle Brewing, and more.

All Lights & Lagers ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older. Photo ID is required upon entry. All guests must enter through the zoo’s North Gate parking lot. Registration is required and all sales are final. No exchanges or refunds will be made. Lights and Lagers will proceed rain, shine or snow.

Ticket price, which includes a commemorative tasting glass and 3 oz. samplings, is $45 plus ticket fees (zoo members pay $35). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit
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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

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6279 - Zoo guests gather to enjoy Lights and Lagers at Brookfield Zoo.
6432 - A server pours a beer into a commemorative glass at Lights and Lagers at Brookfield Zoo.
6433 - A group of guests gather with festive lights and beer samples at Lights and Lagers at Brookfield Zoo.


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


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