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Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield , IL
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3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513 US (map)

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Janette
Wedding:
9/16/2016
4.2/5.0
My fiancee and I booked the ceremony and reception at Brookfield Zoo for Sept of 2016. We have not had the wedding yet so I will be giving a second review once the event has happened. I did want to review the place though for its full service and helping staff. The place offers so much and the scenery is breathtaking! I never imagined or even knew all that the zoo offers. This was definitely a pleasant surprise for both of us. The wedding coordinator is great to work with and has answered all of our questions.
My fiancee and I booked the ceremony and reception at Brookfield Zoo for Sept of 2016. We have not had the wedding yet so Read more...
My fiancee and I booked the ceremony and reception at Brookfield Zoo for Sept of 2016. We have not had the wedding yet so I will be giving a second review once the event has happened. I did want to review the place though for its full service and helping staff. The place offers so much and the scenery is breathtaking! I never imagined or even knew all that the zoo offers. This was definitely a pleasant surprise for both of us. The wedding coordinator is great to work with and has answered all of our questions. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Having our wedding at the Brookfield Zoo was AMAZING!!! We worked with Henry Garbers, and he did a fabulous job. The guests loved the cocktail hour with the animals (we did ours with the polar bears, which was awesome), and everyone had a blast. It was definitely a unique experience, and I would highly recommend the zoo to anyone looking for a beautiful and awesome place to have a wedding.
Having our wedding at the Brookfield Zoo was AMAZING!!! We worked with Henry Garbers, and he did a fabulous job. The Read more...
Having our wedding at the Brookfield Zoo was AMAZING!!! We worked with Henry Garbers, and he did a fabulous job. The guests loved the cocktail hour with the animals (we did ours with the polar bears, which was awesome), and everyone had a blast. It was definitely a unique experience, and I would highly recommend the zoo to anyone looking for a beautiful and awesome place to have a wedding. Read less
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Teri
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at the Brookfield Zoo on 7/18/15 and it was AMAZING! Kathy was our coordinator and she handled all of my mom and my many many emails and phone calls very well. I cannot tell you how many guests came up to me and told me it was the best wedding ever! We had our ceremony in the Peacock Pavilion (because of potential rain at that time, it didn't end up raining and it was still lovely), cocktail hour with the polar bears and then dinner a bocaditos and dancing downstairs at cafe del sol. The food was delicious and abundant, another thing that everyone RAVED about! The guests and my husband and I LOVED the tram ride around the zoo after cocktail hour, seriously I don't know how many people kept on coming up to me and quoting animal facts they learned on the tram ride. And the bears were great! They were out and swimming around during the cocktail hour which made for some great photo opportunities. We always knew we wanted a non-traditional venue and the Brookfield Zoo was a really great value. We had about a 100 guests and paid around 16,000 in total which included everything - ceremony, reception, open bar, amazing buffet spread, decorations, table linens, wedding cake, wedding coordinator, ect. We went for a buffet so our guests could have multiple options, and options it had - chicken, salmon, carved beef and seafood buffet which included oysters, clams, mussels and shrimp - there was SO MUCH FOOD and it was all delicious, I actually had my mom loosen my corset at dinner so I could actually eat some of it! The cake from Lezza's bakery and Smores for desert were also delicious. Seriously amazing venue, we truly believe we had the best wedding ever!
We had our wedding at the Brookfield Zoo on 7/18/15 and it was AMAZING! Kathy was our coordinator and she handled all of Read more...
We had our wedding at the Brookfield Zoo on 7/18/15 and it was AMAZING! Kathy was our coordinator and she handled all of my mom and my many many emails and phone calls very well. I cannot tell you how many guests came up to me and told me it was the best wedding ever! We had our ceremony in the Peacock Pavilion (because of potential rain at that time, it didn't end up raining and it was still lovely), cocktail hour with the polar bears and then dinner a bocaditos and dancing downstairs at cafe del sol. The food was delicious and abundant, another thing that everyone RAVED about! The guests and my husband and I LOVED the tram ride around the zoo after cocktail hour, seriously I don't know how many people kept on coming up to me and quoting animal facts they learned on the tram ride. And the bears were great! They were out and swimming around during the cocktail hour which made for some great photo opportunities. We always knew we wanted a non-traditional venue and the Brookfield Zoo was a really great value. We had about a 100 guests and paid around 16,000 in total which included everything - ceremony, reception, open bar, amazing buffet spread, decorations, table linens, wedding cake, wedding coordinator, ect. We went for a buffet so our guests could have multiple options, and options it had - chicken, salmon, carved beef and seafood buffet which included oysters, clams, mussels and shrimp - there was SO MUCH FOOD and it was all delicious, I actually had my mom loosen my corset at dinner so I could actually eat some of it! The cake from Lezza's bakery and Smores for desert were also delicious. Seriously amazing venue, we truly believe we had the best wedding ever! Read less
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Katherine
Wedding:
6/6/2015
4.8/5.0
After looking at tons of venues throughout Chicago, we settled on Brookfield Zoo due to its uniqueness and that they had a room perfect for our amount of guests. We had our reception there on 6/6/15 at Bocaditos which was the smallest of the spaces they offer. They also have the Discovery Center which was also very nice and the Pavilions if you wanted more of an outdoor event. We worked with Kathy who is an event coordinator. She is very sweet but sometimes took at while to answer emails as she is not always in the office. She helped make our day absolutely perfect though. We took photos around the park with the animals and on the carousel which is something not every bride gets to do. Our cocktail our was at the Great Bear Wilderness which is one of the exhibits that has air conditioning if needed. The bears were able to dive into the water there to get food there while guests watched. Staff catered appetizers to us first as well as drinks and during dinner we received our meals first as well so we actually got to eat on our wedding day. We gave a choice between chicken medallions/pork tenderloin and the salmon and the food was excellent. Everyone who worked there was very friendly. The zoo packages come with linens, a four hour open bar, 4 course meal, and the cocktail hr at the exhibit of your choice and it's a deal compared to what a city venue like this would charge. The zoo is also very flexible with adding things for your event and we were able to add a beer of our choice to the bar. We received many compliments from our friends and families on our reception and had a great time!
After looking at tons of venues throughout Chicago, we settled on Brookfield Zoo due to its uniqueness and that they had a Read more...
After looking at tons of venues throughout Chicago, we settled on Brookfield Zoo due to its uniqueness and that they had a room perfect for our amount of guests. We had our reception there on 6/6/15 at Bocaditos which was the smallest of the spaces they offer. They also have the Discovery Center which was also very nice and the Pavilions if you wanted more of an outdoor event. We worked with Kathy who is an event coordinator. She is very sweet but sometimes took at while to answer emails as she is not always in the office. She helped make our day absolutely perfect though. We took photos around the park with the animals and on the carousel which is something not every bride gets to do. Our cocktail our was at the Great Bear Wilderness which is one of the exhibits that has air conditioning if needed. The bears were able to dive into the water there to get food there while guests watched. Staff catered appetizers to us first as well as drinks and during dinner we received our meals first as well so we actually got to eat on our wedding day. We gave a choice between chicken medallions/pork tenderloin and the salmon and the food was excellent. Everyone who worked there was very friendly. The zoo packages come with linens, a four hour open bar, 4 course meal, and the cocktail hr at the exhibit of your choice and it's a deal compared to what a city venue like this would charge. The zoo is also very flexible with adding things for your event and we were able to add a beer of our choice to the bar. We received many compliments from our friends and families on our reception and had a great time! Read less
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Carlie
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at the zoo was unbelievable! The entire staff was incredibly helpful, especially Henry our wedding coordinator. It poured rain the whole day of our wedding, so Henry and his team had a well-thought-out plan B for the outdoor ceremony and he even carted us and our guests around in trams to keep them dry! Cocktail hour in the Great Bear Wilderness exhibit was a huge hit, we had such a good time dancing at Bocaditos, and the food was delicious (especially the Cream of Mushroom soup--amazing!) We got tons of complements and many said it was the most fun wedding they'd ever been to. The zoo chefs catered to our request for pies instead of cakes, which where beautiful and delicious and were no extra charge!
The zoo is truly a great value, especially being in the Chicago area. It's so nice to not have to worry about a million things like catering, rentals for tables, linens, plates and silver, etc. because they are pros at the zoo and take care of it all. The per guest rate was very, very reasonable and we felt good knowing our money was going towards an educational institution and Chicago landmark.
If we could do it all over again, we would. It was a totally stress free day despite the downpour, we had the time of our lives and very highly recommend Brookfield Zoo.
Our wedding at the zoo was unbelievable! The entire staff was incredibly helpful, especially Henry our wedding Read more...
Our wedding at the zoo was unbelievable! The entire staff was incredibly helpful, especially Henry our wedding coordinator. It poured rain the whole day of our wedding, so Henry and his team had a well-thought-out plan B for the outdoor ceremony and he even carted us and our guests around in trams to keep them dry! Cocktail hour in the Great Bear Wilderness exhibit was a huge hit, we had such a good time dancing at Bocaditos, and the food was delicious (especially the Cream of Mushroom soup--amazing!) We got tons of complements and many said it was the most fun wedding they'd ever been to. The zoo chefs catered to our request for pies instead of cakes, which where beautiful and delicious and were no extra charge!
The zoo is truly a great value, especially being in the Chicago area. It's so nice to not have to worry about a million things like catering, rentals for tables, linens, plates and silver, etc. because they are pros at the zoo and take care of it all. The per guest rate was very, very reasonable and we felt good knowing our money was going towards an educational institution and Chicago landmark.
If we could do it all over again, we would. It was a totally stress free day despite the downpour, we had the time of our lives and very highly recommend Brookfield Zoo. Read less
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Jeannette
Wedding:
3/14/2015
4.2/5.0
We loved our overall experience with Brookfield Zoo. We wanted our wedding day to be different and special, and Brookfield Zoo certainly helped us accomplish that. Working with Kathy was a dream; she was very knowledgeable about the zoo and helped us find work-arounds to get everything "just so" the way we wanted it. Our room captain, Rita, was friendly and well organized and did an excellent job jumping in the day-of. It was wonderful that they were able to accommodate us with with a gluten-free menu, and while we had a few small bumps along the way, I can't imagine a wedding venue in which that wasn't the case. Overall I'm so glad we chose Brookfield Zoo as our ceremony and reception venue; I don't think we could have accomplished the feel of our wedding anywhere else.
We loved our overall experience with Brookfield Zoo. We wanted our wedding day to be different and special, and Brookfield Read more...
We loved our overall experience with Brookfield Zoo. We wanted our wedding day to be different and special, and Brookfield Zoo certainly helped us accomplish that. Working with Kathy was a dream; she was very knowledgeable about the zoo and helped us find work-arounds to get everything "just so" the way we wanted it. Our room captain, Rita, was friendly and well organized and did an excellent job jumping in the day-of. It was wonderful that they were able to accommodate us with with a gluten-free menu, and while we had a few small bumps along the way, I can't imagine a wedding venue in which that wasn't the case. Overall I'm so glad we chose Brookfield Zoo as our ceremony and reception venue; I don't think we could have accomplished the feel of our wedding anywhere else. Read less
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michele
Wedding:
10/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Absolutely perfect!! Couldn't have asked for a better day! They really work hard to make sure everyone has been accomodated. Diane, Karen, Pam,and Kathy were AMAZING!!!
Absolutely perfect!! Couldn't have asked for a better day! They really work hard to make sure everyone has been Read more...
Absolutely perfect!! Couldn't have asked for a better day! They really work hard to make sure everyone has been accomodated. Diane, Karen, Pam,and Kathy were AMAZING!!! Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Brookfield Zoo is a great place to have a wedding. While sometimes the prices look high, you get a lot for your money! We were in the Swan Pavilion and it was beautiful! Kathy was our coordinator and she was extremely sweet and attentive. Every e-mail was answered within 24 hours and her responses were always kind. Our meetings with her were so much fun. The day of the wedding I said multiple times "I don't know why everyone doesn't get married at the zoo?" because it was such an incredible experience and so much fun! The motor safaris take guests to cocktail hour in one of the exhibits, ours was with the polar bears and grizzly bears, and then takes them back to the reception. The wedding coordinator also takes the bride and groom around on a golf cart for pictures which make for really unique wedding photos. The food was delicious and the bartenders were far from stingy with the drinks. Our guests are still talking about how they watched a polar bear eat at our cocktail hour. The room captain and day of manager were so attentive to our needs to the point where they thought of things I hadn't even thought of. The waiters were so kind and one even stopped to say congratulations despite being busy serving drinks. I would recommend the zoo to anyone who wants a unique wedding venue that your guests will talk about long after the wedding!
Brookfield Zoo is a great place to have a wedding. While sometimes the prices look high, you get a lot for your money! We Read more...
Brookfield Zoo is a great place to have a wedding. While sometimes the prices look high, you get a lot for your money! We were in the Swan Pavilion and it was beautiful! Kathy was our coordinator and she was extremely sweet and attentive. Every e-mail was answered within 24 hours and her responses were always kind. Our meetings with her were so much fun. The day of the wedding I said multiple times "I don't know why everyone doesn't get married at the zoo?" because it was such an incredible experience and so much fun! The motor safaris take guests to cocktail hour in one of the exhibits, ours was with the polar bears and grizzly bears, and then takes them back to the reception. The wedding coordinator also takes the bride and groom around on a golf cart for pictures which make for really unique wedding photos. The food was delicious and the bartenders were far from stingy with the drinks. Our guests are still talking about how they watched a polar bear eat at our cocktail hour. The room captain and day of manager were so attentive to our needs to the point where they thought of things I hadn't even thought of. The waiters were so kind and one even stopped to say congratulations despite being busy serving drinks. I would recommend the zoo to anyone who wants a unique wedding venue that your guests will talk about long after the wedding! Read less
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Randi
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
We had an amazing ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at Brookfield Zoo! We had our cocktail hour with the dolphins and reception at the Bocaditos in the Living Seas.
Terry Rothamer was our event coordinator and he is truly AMAZING! From the moment we met him at our first visit to the zoo. He made me feel like royalty from that first day. You can tell that everyone I worked with there truly love what they do!
During the actual day of the wedding it was the most beautiful day of the summer. Terry and his staff made sure we had everything we needed throughout the evening.  During cocktail hour the waitstaff was very responsive and came up to my husband and I to get us drinks and appetizers. Terry even rushed us over from the ceremony to the cocktail hour so my husband and I could have our own time before all our guests arrived by tram.
All of the staff working the wedding was very professional and on top of things whenever we had a question or needed anything at all. The reception was beautiful, and the food was amazing! My guests still tell me how excellent the food was, and how it was one of the best wedding dinners they've ever had! The wedding team were also very accommodating during take down at the end of the night. The waitstaff was so friendly...I am still getting compliments from guests about them!
The pricing is reasonable and packaged at a per head rate which includes your reception, catering, some linens, silverware, some decorations, the cake, cocktail hour at one of the exhibits, guest entrance fee, transportation, parking, and open bar. Our guests LOVED being able to come to the zoo early and explore, as well as watch the animals during cocktail hour.
Our guests were blown away by the beauty and elegance of the cocktail with the dolphins and the Bocaditos Restaurant at the Living Seas. They are still talking about the uniqueness and beauty of our wedding! We are VERY happy with our venue choice and I would recommend Brookfield Zoo to any bride.
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We had an amazing ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at Brookfield Zoo! We had our cocktail hour with the dolphins and reception at the Bocaditos in the Living Seas.
Terry Rothamer was our event coordinator and he is truly AMAZING! From the moment we met him at our first visit to the zoo. He made me feel like royalty from that first day. You can tell that everyone I worked with there truly love what they do!
During the actual day of the wedding it was the most beautiful day of the summer. Terry and his staff made sure we had everything we needed throughout the evening.  During cocktail hour the waitstaff was very responsive and came up to my husband and I to get us drinks and appetizers. Terry even rushed us over from the ceremony to the cocktail hour so my husband and I could have our own time before all our guests arrived by tram.
All of the staff working the wedding was very professional and on top of things whenever we had a question or needed anything at all. The reception was beautiful, and the food was amazing! My guests still tell me how excellent the food was, and how it was one of the best wedding dinners they've ever had! The wedding team were also very accommodating during take down at the end of the night. The waitstaff was so friendly...I am still getting compliments from guests about them!
The pricing is reasonable and packaged at a per head rate which includes your reception, catering, some linens, silverware, some decorations, the cake, cocktail hour at one of the exhibits, guest entrance fee, transportation, parking, and open bar. Our guests LOVED being able to come to the zoo early and explore, as well as watch the animals during cocktail hour.
Our guests were blown away by the beauty and elegance of the cocktail with the dolphins and the Bocaditos Restaurant at the Living Seas. They are still talking about the uniqueness and beauty of our wedding! We are VERY happy with our venue choice and I would recommend Brookfield Zoo to any bride. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at the Brookfield Zoo was absolutely magical - despite monsoon-like rain and a flash flood warning.

We worked mainly with Terry Rothamer who is fantastic. However, a year before our wedding (we booked 18 months before and had been in contact with Terry about using the zoo for two years before the wedding) he informed us his son was getting married the same day. He continued to work with us up through our final appointment alongside Henry who was our day-of coordinator. Both were absolutely fantastic to work with. Terry helped us add craft beer to the bar and two types of sweets instead of a full sweets table as the package information offers.

We were supposed to have cocktail hour in the underwater bear exhibit, however due to the flash flood warning and extreme rain we ended up having cocktails in the lobby of the Discovery Center where the reception was. During this time Henry was very organized and communicated with us and our parents so we knew what was going on. Because the rain came down so quickly the entrance had flooded slightly. We had many older guests including a few using walkers so this was the best plan for us.

Despite all of this everybody kept commenting that it was one of the best weddings they had ever attended. The food was fantastic (we gave a choice of steak or trout) and everybody loved the zoo. Even though we didn't get to go to the exhibit for cocktail hour most of our guests came between the ceremony and reception and spent time exploring the zoo.

I highly recommend the Brookfield Zoo to anybody, especially if you are an animal lover like my husband and I. Working with Terry was like having a wedding planner included and everything turned out fantastic!
Our wedding at the Brookfield Zoo was absolutely magical - despite monsoon-like rain and a flash flood warning.
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Our wedding at the Brookfield Zoo was absolutely magical - despite monsoon-like rain and a flash flood warning.

We worked mainly with Terry Rothamer who is fantastic. However, a year before our wedding (we booked 18 months before and had been in contact with Terry about using the zoo for two years before the wedding) he informed us his son was getting married the same day. He continued to work with us up through our final appointment alongside Henry who was our day-of coordinator. Both were absolutely fantastic to work with. Terry helped us add craft beer to the bar and two types of sweets instead of a full sweets table as the package information offers.

We were supposed to have cocktail hour in the underwater bear exhibit, however due to the flash flood warning and extreme rain we ended up having cocktails in the lobby of the Discovery Center where the reception was. During this time Henry was very organized and communicated with us and our parents so we knew what was going on. Because the rain came down so quickly the entrance had flooded slightly. We had many older guests including a few using walkers so this was the best plan for us.

Despite all of this everybody kept commenting that it was one of the best weddings they had ever attended. The food was fantastic (we gave a choice of steak or trout) and everybody loved the zoo. Even though we didn't get to go to the exhibit for cocktail hour most of our guests came between the ceremony and reception and spent time exploring the zoo.

I highly recommend the Brookfield Zoo to anybody, especially if you are an animal lover like my husband and I. Working with Terry was like having a wedding planner included and everything turned out fantastic! Read less
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