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CM Brookfield Zoo Outing (Outside Chicago)

Oct 2nd 2010 Brookfield IL — Join your fellow CM members for a relaxed day, Saturday, October 2nd , at Brookfield Zoo just outside Chicago. The Great Bear Wild...

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Brookfield Zoo
First Avenue & 31st Street (North Gate Entrance)
Brookfield, IL 60513 USA

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Event Details

Join your fellow CM members for a relaxed day, Saturday, October 2nd, at Brookfield Zoo just outside Chicago. The Great Bear Wildnerness exhibit opened and is included in admission. Afterwards, we can go to dinner, mingle, and attend mass if time allows. We'll play it by ear. I encourage people to come and go as they wish. It could be a long day and doing all three things may not fit your agenda or pocketbook.

* 11:30: Meet And Greet

     Meet at the parking lot of the North Gate of the Zoo (see below)

     We'll meet at 11:30AM at the parking lot area of the North Gate of the Zoo (in the area where you pay) before you go   
     through the 31s Street underground tunnel.
     This way I can pass out the coupons. 
    
     I have (10) $1.50 coupons for the first that arrive.


     http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/czs/Brookfield/Zoo-Map.aspx



* 4:00-5:00: Leave for Mass or Dinner depending on the group's wishes

   Some nearby churches with Saturday masses:

   http://www.stlouisedemarillac.com/

Note: St. Louise de Marillac is having an Oktoberfest that night.

http://www.stlouisedemarillac.com/new.htm


OR

   http://www.stbarbaraparish.com/

* 6:00: Continue on to Dinner if we've attended Mass

    Ideas for some restaurants are noted at the bottom on this page.
    I encourage others to recommend any others within the vicinity of Brookfield Zoo. 

    In the past, dinner has turned out to be a great time for conversation and to get to know one another.



What does the zoo have to offer?

http://www.czs.org/czs/GreatBearWilderness.aspx


http://www.czs.org/czs/Brookfield/Great-Bear-Wilderness/Polar-Bear.aspx


The leaves will be changing colors within the Salt Creek Wilderness and the trails around Indian Lake will be a lovely place to take a walk.  http://www.czs.org/czs/Brookfield/Exhibit-and-Animal-Guide/Salt-Creek-Wilderness.aspx

Recent News and Events, from Sea Lion pups to Pelicans from the Gulf Coast:
http://www.czs.org/czs/About-CZS/News-and-Events.aspx

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Courtesy of the zoo's Facebook Page:

Bear Awareness Weekend at Brookfield Zoo
by Brookfield Zoo on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 6:11pm

 

 

Bear Awareness Weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Great Bear Wilderness exhibit. The celebration will feature activities highlighting the zoo’s grizzly bears and polar bears. During the weekend event, you can learn what makes these animals so special, why they are endangered in the wild, and conservation efforts the Chicago Zoological Society is involved in with wildlife partner organizations.

 

At several bear exploration stations that will be located throughout the exhibit, you will have the opportunity to chat with some of the bear zookeepers while examining bear artifacts, including teeth, fur, claws, and skulls, as well as radio collars that were used to track bears in the wild. Keepers will also share information about the zoo’s polar bears and grizzly bears at an 11:30 a.m. training session, a 1:00 p.m. Zoo Chat, and a 3:00 p.m. bear conservation talk.

 Additionally, several of the zoo’s bear costumed characters will be on hand to greet guests and youngsters can participate in bear-themed craft activities.

Samples of Montana Coffee Traders’ Grizzly Blend Coffee, a premium-blend coffee that is certified to be both organic and fair trade, will be offered at Bison Prairie Grill. Guests can support grizzly bears in the wild by purchasing the coffee, which is available in several of the zoo’s gift shops, including Bear Crossing gift shop. For every pound of coffee sold, Montana Coffee Traders will donate $1.00 to Vital Ground, a Montana-based organization dedicated to preserving grizzly bear habitat by reconnecting isolated fragments of wildlands important for grizzly recovery and biodiversity.

Breakdown of Schedule:
http://www.czs.org/czs/BearAware.aspx


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The prices are as follows..
http://www.czs.org/czs/Brookfield/Plan-Your-Day/General-Information.aspx


The following is courtesy of Brookfield Zoo

General Information

Exhibit Updates

Zoo Hours
Brookfield Zoo, managed by the Chicago Zoological Society, is open every day of the year! Hours change seasonally, as indicated below.

Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Indoor animal exhibits close one half hour before the zoo closes.

Zoo Admission

  • Advanced Ticket Sales: Tickets can be purchased at the North and South Gates. You can also purchase general admission tickets online and print your tickets at home for easy entry to the zoo! Click on Print at Home tickets.
  • 2010 General Zoo Admission
    Adults $13.50
    Seniors 65 and Over $9.50
    Children 3 to 11 $9.50
    Members FREE
  • All-in-One Tickets
    Adults $25.00, Seniors 65 and Over $19.00, Children 3 to 11 $19.00
    Zoo admission plus the following attractions: Dolphin Show, Stingray Bay, Children's Zoo, Hamill Family Play Zoo, Motor Safari, and Carousel.
  • Admission + 3
    Adults $19.00, Seniors 65 and Over $14.00, Children 3 to 11 $14.00
    Zoo admission plus choose three (3) from the following attractions: Dolphin Show, Stingray Bay, Children's Zoo, Hamill Family Play Zoo, Motor Safari, and Carousel.
  • Free Admission for Military Personnel: To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID badge at one of the zoo's admission booths will be admitted free of charge.

Get Free Admission and Parking Year-Round—become a zoo member! You'll receive free admission and parking for one year, the quarterly member's newsletter, discounts at the zoo's shops and restaurants, and gift passes.

2010 Zoo Parking
Car/Van parking: $9.00*
Bus parking: $12.00*
Member Cars:
North Lot Free
South Lot $2.00
*a $.75 Cook County parking tax is included

Hamill Family Play Zoo Admission (Does not include Children's Zoo admission.)
Adults (12-64) $3.50
Member Adults (12-64) $3.00
Children (3-11) $2.50
Member Children (3-11) $2.00
Seniors (65+) $2.50
Member Seniors (65+) $2.00
Children 2 and Under Free
Admission is free November 1 to March 1.

Please note: the Play Zoo is ready to welcome guests at 10:00 a.m. each day and will close to get ready to play again one half hour every evening before the park closes.

Children's Zoo Admission
Adults (12-64) $2.00
Children (3-11) $1.00
Seniors (65+) $1.00
Children 2 and Under Free
Admission is free November 1 to March 1.

The Carousel at Brookfield Zoo
The Carousel is available early spring through late fall, weather permitting.
Members $1.50
Nonmembers $2.50

Dolphin Presentations
Daily: 11:30, 2:30

$4 Adults
$2.50 Children 3 to 11
$2.50 Seniors 65 and over
FREE for children under 3


Motor Safari
Motor Safari is available early spring through late fall, weather permitting. One ticket allows guests to ride all day.
Adults (12-64) $4.00
Children (3-11) $2.50
Seniors (65+) $2.50
Children 2 and Under Free

Butterflies! (closed for the season)

Smoking
For the safety and welfare of our animals and visitors, smoking is prohibited except in designated smoking areas. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Pets
Please do not bring your pets to the zoo. For the safety of the animals at the zoo, cars and guests with pets will be turned away. Service dogs are allowed in the park, though they must be checked in at the zoo's Security office.


Directions and Parking..

http://www.czs.org/czs/Directions.aspx

The zoo is also accessible via Metra. The Hollywood/Zoo Stop is where you'll stop. The zoo is only 6 blocks from the stop.
http://metrarail.com/content/metra/en/home/maps_schedules/metra_system_map/bnsf/schedule.html?schedule-start=CUS&schedule-end=HOLLYWOOD&schedule-day=bnsf_saturday&selectedTime=07%3A00&schedule-time=07%3A00&schedule-submit.x=77&schedule-submit.y=17#focus

Additional information on options for restaurants in the area is forthcoming. Any recommendations are welcome!

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Some possible restaurants people may be interested in going to after the zoo:

Xni-Pec de Yucatan in Brookfield. It's traditional authentic Mayan cuisine. I've  heard it's very good.
http://www.xnipec.us/
Scroll down for the menu options (click on the left). They do serve alcohol. Prices noted in menu.

The Cheesecake Factory in Oak Brook (about 10 minutes away) right off 290 in Oak Brook Shopping Mall.
http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/#lobby
I called and they do not take reservations on weekends. So, there would be a wait, but they do have a bar.
Also, the price range for an entree and dessert (not including any drinks) would be in the price range of $30-$50.
Note: I've gone to the Cheesecake Factory before and I haven't spent as much as she quoted me. You can always share an entree with someone or dessert.

The Corner Bakery Cafe in LaGrange (about 5 minutes away) at the Intersection of Ogden and LaGrange Rd.
http://www.cornerbakerycafe.com/Locations.aspx?zip=60525&city=&state=
Prices range from $10-$20 per person. They do not serve alcohol. You order at the register and they bring your food.

There are other restaurants in LaGrange along LaGrange Road, including:
Baker's Square, Grapevine (Mediterranean food), Salsa (Mexican), etc
.
These are some ideas. Think about if you want to go and how much you'd like to spend.
All restaurants I'm looking at are within 10 minutes of the zoo.

Any other recommendations?




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October 2nd, 2010 - Diane-173836 said:

Unfortunately, it looks like I may not make it after all. But, I'll be sending a CM gentleman named John in my place. Have a great time!

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October 1st, 2010 - Chuck-209629 said:

Hi Juli I will be coming and am looking forward to it.

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October 1st, 2010 - Juli-369533 said:

For those attending the event, coming at 11:30AM or later, I encourage you to keep my number on hand.

It's 847-894-3076. In case you can't find the group or are meeting up later at the restaurant or church, please keep my number with you. I'm trying to do my best to ensure we all find one another. If you do become "lost", go to the entrance by the Carousel. I'll be checking there after the group meets the designated location. Thanks, Juli

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October 1st, 2010 - Melisa-318783 said:

Thanks so much Juli for putting this together.......................looking forward to it! The girls and I will be there.

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September 30th, 2010 - Marion-618636 said:

Thanks to whoever put this together. Sorry I can't make this outing, maybe the next one.

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September 29th, 2010 - Juli-369533 said:

HEY GUYS, I JUST SAW THAT ONE OF THE CHURCHES, JUST DOWN THE STREET FROM THE ZOO, IS HAVING AN OKTOBERFEST THAT EVENING. I HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE. BUT IF WE STOP FOR MASS WE COULD GO THERE AFTERWARDS, EVEN MEETING UP WITH SOME THE CMers COMING LATER. JUST KEEP IT IN MIND.

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