News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
September 16, 2022
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Celebrate Oktoberfest at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill. — Toss on your best lederhosen – it’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest at Brookfield Zoo, sponsored by Leinenkugel’s. Seasonal food, beer, and live Polka music await guests on Saturday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guests, who are at least 21 years old, can say “Prost!” (Cheers!) at the Beer Garden on the zoo’s East Mall while enjoying refreshing cool Oktoberfest beer available for purchase. Additionally, mouthwatering fall favorites featured on the menu include bratwurst, sausages, pretzels with beer cheese, and more.

Zoogoers of all ages can join in on the fun and dance to live Polka music on the East Mall. Bratwurst Brothers will entertain guests beginning at 11 a.m., and following a short break, Keith Stras & Polka Confetti will take the stage from 2:15 to 5 p.m. Also, be on the lookout for the Leinie’s PolkaPedi that will be making its way around the park between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. offering complimentary memorabilia.

Brookfield Zoo’s Oktoberfest is free with general admission of $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 3 to 11, and $19.95 for seniors 65 and over. Parking is $15. For additional information, visit


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0622 and 8342:  During Oktoberfest, the Leinie’s PolkaPedi will be making its way around Brookfield Zoo offering complimentary memorabilia.

8757: Guests can enjoy seasonal food, beer, and live Polka music at Brookfield Zoo's Oktoberfest on September 24.

8796: Live Polka music can be heard on Brookfield Zoo's East Mall during its Oktoberfest celebration.

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


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