“Chicago Wolves Skating Rink Opens at Brookfield Zoo,” by S.M. O’Connor

      Guests at the Brookfield Zoo in west suburban Brookfield, Illinois can bring their own ice skates to the Chicago Wolves Skating Rink on the East Mall or rent ice skates there.   It is open daily from noon to 4:30 p.m. through January of 2020.

      Admission is $7.  There is a $5 fee to rent skates. Please note the number of ice skates available to rent is limited.  Also, one must pay with a credit card to rent skates. 

      The Chicago Wolves Skating Rink is not comprised of ice, but of a synthetic material known as Glice®.  Consequently, no water or electricity is required for operation.  Brookfield Zoo is one of only three zoos in the U.S.A. to install a Glice® rink.  Skates, the Chicago Wolves mascot, will make a special appearance at the rink on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Figure 1 Credit: Chicago Zoological Society Caption: The Chicago Wolves Skating Rink, located on the East Mall of Brookfield Zoo, is open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. through January of 2020.

      The Chicago Wolves are a professional minor league ice hockey team.  Originally, it belonged to the International Hockey League (I.H.L.), but after the I.H.L. collapsed in 2001, the Chicago Wolves joined the American Hockey League (A.H.L.).  Today, the Chicago Wolves play in the Central Division of the A.H.L.’s Western Conference.  They play home games at the Allstate Arena in northwest suburban Rosemont, IllinoisSince May of 2017, the Chicago Wolves have been the minor league affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights.  Rosemont Hockey Partners, L.P. owns the team.        

      The Chicago Zoological Society (C.Z.S.) is a private, non-profit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.  Founded in 1920 and chartered in 1921, the C.Z.S. brought to life the vision of Edith Rockefeller McCormick (1872-1932) to give Chicago a zoo without bars modeled on the Tierpark Hagenbeck, known in English as the Hagenbeck Animal Park, a privately-owned zoo in Hamburg founded in 1907 by Carl Hagenback, Jr. (1844-1913).  The Brookfield Zoo opened in 1934, during the second year of Chicago’s second World’s Fair, A Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-34). 

      The C.Z.S. is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The Brookfield Zoo met the American Humane Association’s rigorous standards for the care and welfare of animals to become the world’s first zoo to receive Humane Certified™ certification.

      The Brookfield Zoo is open every day of the year.  It is located between the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and is also accessible via the TriState Tollway (I-294).  The North Gate Main Entrance address is 8400 West 31st Street, Brookfield, Illinois 60513.  The South Gate Main Entrance address is 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, Illinois 60513.  A train station, the Hollywood (Zoo Stop) on Metra’s B.N.S.F. line, is a few blocks to the south of the South Gate entrance.  The phone number is (708) 688-8000.  The Website is www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.

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