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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
November 8, 2021
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Skating Rink Reopens and Fall Free Days Continue at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill. —  Skate into the winter season! Brookfield Zoo’s skating rink on the East Mall reopens Saturday, November 13. Bring the family to circle the rink, and then stroll around the park to see everyone’s favorite animals.

The zoo’s 40-foot x 80-foot skating rink is not made of ice, but of a synthetic plastic known as Glice®—a material composed of heat-pressed layers of polymers—so no water or electricity is required for operation.
The rink will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, November 13-14 and 20-21, from noon to 4:30 p.m. It will also be open from 3 to 9 p.m. during the zoo’s 40th annual Holiday Magic®—November 26-28 and December 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, and 26-31.

The cost for unlimited time for all skaters is $7. A limited number of skates are available to rent for a $5 fee. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.

Create the ultimate winter outing and venture to Brookfield Zoo on one of its remaining Fall Free Days, presented by Xfinity—November 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, and Thanksgiving Day (November 25), and December 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21. Many of the zoo’s cold-hardy animals, including the snow leopards, Bactrian camels, bison, Amur tiger, Mexican wolves, and Amur leopard can be seen in their outdoor habitats. While strolling to the various animal exhibits, stop along the way on the malls and around Roosevelt Fountain to view the more than 700 community and corporate decorated trees (beginning November 13).

Admission to Brookfield Zoo is $24.95  for adults, $17.95 for children 3-11, and $19.95 for seniors 65 and over. Parking is $15, which applies on free days. For additional information, please visit

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 Photos--credit CZS-Brookfield Zoo
8269 and 8313: Guests of all ages can enjoy Brookfield Zoo's skating rink on select days. Check the zoo's website at for details.
7917: Whirl, an Amur tiger at Brookfield Zoo, can be seen in her outdoor habitat.

2984: During the late fall and winter season, Hudson, one of Brookfield Zoo's polar bears, can be seen enjoying the snow at the Great Bear Wilderness habitat.

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


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


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