News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
November 3, 2021
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Dash through the Nighttime Reindeer Run at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill. — Grab your glow sticks and lace up your running shoes for the return of Brookfield Zoo’s Reindeer Run, presented by ALDI. On Saturday, November 20, participants of all ages will be some of the first to see the zoo all lit up for its Holiday Magic®, while enjoying a fun run along a two-mile course entirely within the park.

Participants and spectators can enjoy music in the Pavilions or take a spin or two on the Carousel before and after the run. Registered participants, who are 21 or older (with valid ID), will receive a complimentary beverage, courtesy of Revolution Brewing, the event’s supporting sponsor. Guests also can enjoy healthy and replenishing on-the-go snacks, including fruit squeezies, energy bars, and additional giveaways at the ALDI booth (while supplies last). Additionally, a selection of food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The non-competitive and festive Reindeer Run begins at 7:00 p.m. just south of the Carousel. Registrants may enter and check-in at the North Gate entrance beginning at 5:30 p.m. Spectators are welcome to cheer on their favorite runners, but will have limited access to the North Mall only, including the start/finish line area, the Pavilions, and Carousel Plaza.

Reindeer Run is a rain, shine, or snow event. Brookfield Zoo encourages all participants to be prepared and wear proper clothing and footwear. Registration for Reindeer Run is $30 per person plus a minimal transaction fee, which includes a commemorative warm knit beanie featuring the Reindeer Run logo. Space is limited. To register and for additional information, 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. 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, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


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