News Release

Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,

November 6, 2019


Nighttime Reindeer Run at Brookfield Zoo

Two-mile course all lit up for the Holiday Season

Brookfield, Ill. – Grab your glow stick, don your running shoes, and join in Brookfield Zoo’s second annual Reindeer Run, sponsored by Revolution Brewing, on Friday, November 29. Participants can "fun run" or walk along the two-mile course that weaves throughout the park and is adorned with more than one million LED lights as part of the zoo’s annual Holiday Magic festival, which begins November 30.

Before or after running the course, participants can enjoy a spin or two on the Carousel and meet the zoo’s animal ambassadors that will make an appearance at 6:00 p.m. In addition, there will be a selection of food and beverages available for purchase. Registered participants, who are 21 or older, will receive a complimentary beer, courtesy of Revolution Brewing.

The non-competitive run will kick-off at 7:00 p.m. in front of the Pavilions. Registrants should enter the zoo via the north gate. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. Family and friends, who are not participating, 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. Participants are encouraged to be prepared and wear proper clothing and footwear. Registration for Reindeer Run is $27 per person (plus a $2.50 sign-up fee), which includes a commemorative warm knit beanie featuring the Reindeer Run logo. 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 also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit

Photo Captions - Please Credit Chicago Zoological Society
OA5A9417 - A group of runners pose for a photo with a reindeer mascot during the Reindeer Run at Brookfield Zoo.

9647 - A family poses inside the 20-foot lit orb for Holiday Magic after taking part in the Reindeer Run at Brookfield Zoo.


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


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