Brookfield Zoo’s ZooRunRun


Brookfield Zoo’s ZooRunRun

Bring the family to Brookfield Zoo’s ZooRunRun September 9 and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside!

What is the ZooRunRun? It’s a 5K run/walk that is exotic – the onlookers are literally animals – and the sights and sounds you hear emanate from one of the world’s most famous zoos! The proceeds from the race go to the Conservation Fund, the work of which is about saving endangered species around the world.

The race courses are entirely within the world renowned Brookfield Zoo! Each year more species lose their race for survival and disappear from the wild. But it is a race we can win, and YOU CAN HELP! The Chicago Zoological Society Animal Care and Conservation Fund is dedicated to making a difference for these species across the globe and with each race entry, we will raise both awareness and funds for this great cause.

The ZooRunRun course takes you through a canopy of old oaks, on past lemurs and ravens and Nigerian dwarf goats, then through a swamp where the white pelicans will leer at you, on toward the Great Living Coast, be eaten – I mean observed – by eagles and condors, then you’ll thunder through the bison herd in the Great Bear Wilderness, get jeered by giraffes and zebras and camels, encounter pygmy hippos and black rhinos, and end just past the lions and tigers and snow leopards!

And, of course, after the race is over, you and the family can stroll the over two hundred acres of zoo exhibits, have a picnic, or just chill by your favorite animals.

The Brookfield Zoo is located at 8400 West 34th Street in Brookfield. For tickets and more information, call (708) 688-8000, or go online to BrookfieldZooRunRun and follow the prompts. The Brookfield Zoo offers free admission for active, reserved and retired military personnel.

Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just a stone’s throw from the Brookfield Zoo’s ZooRunRun, provides free shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago. The hotel offers affordable, comfortable rooms, a breakfast bar and restaurant and much more. The hotel is pet friendly and offers AAA rates.