News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
October 25, 2023

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Unwind with Wines in the Wild at Brookfield Zoo
Annual Women’s Board fundraiser features wine and liquor tastings
 with up-close animal encounters

Brookfield, Ill – Brookfield Zoo’s annual Wines in the Wild fundraiser, which is hosted by the Chicago Zoological Society’s Women’s Board, combines two crowd favorites: wine and wildlife. This year’s tropical-themed event takes place in the Zoo’s newly renovated Discovery Center on Saturday, November 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from the evening will support the education, conservation, and scholarship programming needs that are funded by the Women’s Board.

Throughout the evening, guests will have the opportunity to learn about and sample an array of wines and liquors, provided by the evening’s purveyor, Prestige Countryside Liquors. Accompanying the selection, will be delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Zoo’s catering team, SSA Group.

In addition to meeting several of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors during the event, guests will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of auction items, including an exquisite pair of earrings and a necklace, courtesy of A. Marek Fine Jewelry; tickets to a Mariah Carey concert at the United Center; Blackhawks tickets; travel experiences, wine-themed packages, and the naming rights to Brookfield Zoo’s kangaroo joey and one of its flamingos.

Individual tickets are $300 and include the tasting and Zoo admission parking. Group tickets that include sponsorship opportunities are also available, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit

The Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society supports community outreach, scholarships, and provides financial assistance for animal care, conservation programs, and special projects. This Board has supported Brookfield Zoo since 1992, with approximately 75 members from across the entire Chicago area.

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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people 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. 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