“When is the Adults-Only ‘Lights & Lagers’ Event at Brookfield Zoo?” by S.M. O’Connor

Lights & Lagers at Brookfield Zoo will take place on Friday, December 6, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  This is chance for full adults (twenty-one years of age and older) to walk around the Brookfield Zoo grounds when they are illuminated by over 1,000,0000 L.E.D. lights for the 38th annual Holiday Magic festival while sampling beers, listening to music a D.J. plays in the Holly Jolly Theater, and seeing Animal Ambassadors up close. 

There will be a total of six tasting stations located throughout the zoo grounds.  These will be Seven Seas Underwater Viewing, ITW Room at Bramsen Animal Ambassador Building, Great Bear Wilderness Underwater Viewing, Feathers & Scales, The Swamp, and the Holly Jolly Theater.   These tasting stations will be staffed by representatives from breweries including Kinslahger Brewing Company, Finch Beer Co., Ballast Point Chicago, Rogue Ales, Leinenkugel’s, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Mike’s Hard Lemonade, New Belgium Brewing Company, The Boston Beer Company, Revolution Brewing, Brickstone Brewery Company, Noon Whistle Brewing.  The beer selection, as of now, is Adams Street Brewery, Boston Beer, Brickstone, Constellation/Ballast Point, Finch Beer, Kinslahger Brewing, Mikes Hard Lemonade, MillerCoors, Motor Row Brewing, New Belgium, Noon Whistle, Revolution, Rogue Brewing, and Tangled Roots Brewing.  In addition, three restaurants will be open: Café del Sol, BZ Red Hots, and the Swan Pavilion at Holly Jolly Theatre.

A ticket covers admission to the Lights & Lagers event, three-ounce samplings from participating breweries, and a commemorative light-up tasting cup.  All ticketholders must be twenty-one or over.  A photo identification card proving one’s age is a prerequisite for entry.  All guests must enter through the North Gate parking lot.  Registration is required.  All sales are final.  No exchanges or refunds will be made. 

Lights & Lagers will take place regardless of weather conditions, come rain or snow.  The weather forecast is currently for the temperatures range to be somewhere between 28°F and 36°F, so dress appropriately.

Tickets for participants (Lights & Lagers Admission) are $45 and tickets for designated drivers (Designated Driver Admission – Lights & Lager) are $35, plus fees.  For Members, the Lights & Lagers Admission tickets are $35.  For more information and to purchase tickets directly from the Chicago Zoological Society (C.Z.S.), go to https://www.czs.org/lightsandlagers. To purchase tickets via Facebook, click here.  To purchase tickets via Eventbrite, click here.

Figure 1 Credit: Chicago Zoological Society Caption: Zoo guests gather to enjoy Lights and Lagers at Brookfield Zoo on November 30, 2018.

Figure 2 Credit: Chicago Zoological Society Caption: A server pours a beer into a commemorative glass at Lights and Lagers at Brookfield Zoo on November 30, 2018.

Figure 3 Credit: Chicago Zoological Society Caption:  A group of guests gather with festive lights and beer samples at Lights and Lagers at Brookfield Zoo on November 30, 2018.

The Chicago Zoological Society is a private, non-profit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.  It 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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