News Release

May 7, 2014   


Additionally, please note that admission to Brookfield Zoo is $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 3-11 and seniors age 65 and over. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $10.


Brookfield Zoo’s Calendar of Events
(June through September 2014)

¡Viva la Fiesta!
June 7-8 and 14-15 (Saturdays and Sundays)

¡Viva la Fiesta! will feature a celebration of Hispanic culture, authentic cuisine, refreshments, music, and dancing on select weekends in June from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The festivities include local musical talent along with Hispanic artists and artisans and their eclectic works. For more information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.

Father’s Day BBQ
June 15 (Sunday)

Bring Dad to Brookfield Zoo for a fun Father’s Day celebration featuring all of his barbecue favorites! Enjoy a complete, all-you-can-eat buffet that includes baby back ribs, chicken, a carving station, corn on the cob and other grilled vegetables, delicious homemade apple cobbler, and more. The barbecue takes place in the zoo’s Pavilions from noon to 2:00 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Pricing, which includes zoo admission, is $49.95 for adults and $35.95 for children 3-11 (zoo members pay $39.95 and $29.95, respectively). Children 2 and under eat for free. To make reservations, visit or call (708) 688-8355.


Summer Nights
June 20 to July 26 (Fridays and Saturdays)

Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining options, beer and wine gardens, and live music, all while surrounded by wildlife and nature. Summer Nights will be held on Fridays and Saturdays from June 20 to July 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will feature various styles of live music—from light rock to jazz to country—and fun entertainment like stilt walkers, magicians, jugglers, and costumed characters. For further information, call (708) 688-8000 or visit


World Giraffe Day
June 21 (Saturday)

On the longest day of the year, Brookfield Zoo is celebrating the tallest animal: giraffes. World Giraffe Day also happens to be the birthday of the zoo’s youngest giraffe, Potoka, who is turning one. Fun-filled activities include special Zoo Chats about giraffes and giraffe-themed crafts and activities. For further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.


Chicago White Sox Day
July 22 (Tuesday)

Current White Sox players and Southpaw the mascot will be signing autographs during the celebration of the South Side’s favorite team. Players’ names will be announced closer to the event date. Guests will be allowed to have one item signed and should bring their own item to be signed (photos will not be provided). For further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.


Zoo Brew
August 9-10 (Saturday-Sunday)

Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, aardvarks and ales—all at Brookfield Zoo’s third annual Zoo Brew! Zoo Brew is a one-of-a-kind, 21-and-over, unique beer-tasting event featuring more than 60 beers at the zoo from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music, and bid on silent auction items, including branded beer tenders, specialty brews, and more! Zoo Brew attendees will also receive a commemorative beer-tasting glass. For pricing, reservations, and further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.


Kratt Brothers
August 23-24 (Saturday-Sunday)

Chris and Martin Kratt from their PBS show Wild Kratts will be bringing their adventures to Brookfield Zoo for two days of fun as they teach youngsters about rare wildlife behaviors. Their Amazon Adventure show will take place on the zoo’s West Mall at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Additionally, they will be signing autographs for guests from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. each day. The show is free with regular zoo admission of $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and over. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $10. For further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.


Zoo Run Run for the Conservation Fund
September 21 (Sunday)

Amble like an aardvark or dash like a painted dog at Brookfield Zoo’s Zoo Run Run for the Conservation Fund. Proceeds from the race benefit the Chicago Zoological Society’s Conservation Fund. Participants can register for a 5K chip-timed run or a 5K fun run/walk and are welcome to register as an individual or form a race team. The more funds raised, the more prizes won! Pricing is as follows: early bird (through June 30) is $30 for the chip-timed race and $25 for the fun run/walk; regular registration (July 1 through September 20) is $35 for the chip-timed race and $30 for the fun run/walk; day of race (September 21) is $40 for the chip-timed race and $35 for the fun run/walk. Learn more about the event and register at or call (708) 688-8000.



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


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