News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
November 7, 2022
Veterans Day Ceremony at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill. — In honor of those who proudly served our nation, the Chicago Zoological Society is hosting a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, November 11, at Brookfield Zoo. On that day, admission to the zoo will be free for all guests (parking fees still apply).

A variety of activities and entertainment to commemorate our veterans will take place inside and outside the zoo’s Discovery Center. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can view military memorabilia and vehicles that will be on display. Additionally, representatives from the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program, Honor Flight Chicago, and Wounded Warriors will share information about each of their organizations.

Zoogoers will have the opportunity for an up-close experience with several of the zoo’s animal ambassadors between 11 and 11:30 a.m. Animal care staff will be on hand to share fun facts about each of the critters.

Prior to the ceremony from noon to 12:45 p.m., enjoy toe-tapping hits from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s performed by The Legacy Girls. Immediately following, the posting of colors and a performance of the National Anthem will take place. Following the ceremony, guests are invited to stay for an entertaining routine by the popular Jesse White Tumblers.

The Chicago Zoological Society is proud to offer free general admission to Brookfield Zoo year-round to active, reserve, and retired members of the Armed Forces with a valid military ID.

For a full schedule of Veterans Day ceremony activities, 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


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


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