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Brookfield Zoo

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

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708-688-8355

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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.
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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.
We had an amazing ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at Brookfield Zoo! We had our cocktail hour with the dolphins and Read more...
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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Kerry
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
We had an amazing wedding reception at Brookfield Zoo! We had our cocktail hour at Habitat Africa and reception at the Discovery Center in the Savannah Room.

Terry was our event coordinator and he is truly AMAZING! From the moment we met him at our first visit to the zoo (over a year before our wedding) Terry was very accommodating. He made us feel like royalty from that first day. He allowed us to come back to the zoo several times during the planning process. The entire planning process with Terry was great and we had no hassles.

During the actual day of the wedding, 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. Terry and his staff made sure we had everything we needed throughout the evening. They were also very accommodating during take down at the end of the night. During cocktail hour the waitstaff was very responsive and came up to the bride and groom each time a new tray of appetizers came out before serving any of the other guests. 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, 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 transported to and from the discovery center for cocktail hour and our reception.

Our guests were blown away by the beauty and elegance of the Savannah Room at the Discovery Center. 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.
We had an amazing wedding reception at Brookfield Zoo! We had our cocktail hour at Habitat Africa and reception at the Read more...
We had an amazing wedding reception at Brookfield Zoo! We had our cocktail hour at Habitat Africa and reception at the Discovery Center in the Savannah Room.

Terry was our event coordinator and he is truly AMAZING! From the moment we met him at our first visit to the zoo (over a year before our wedding) Terry was very accommodating. He made us feel like royalty from that first day. He allowed us to come back to the zoo several times during the planning process. The entire planning process with Terry was great and we had no hassles.

During the actual day of the wedding, 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. Terry and his staff made sure we had everything we needed throughout the evening. They were also very accommodating during take down at the end of the night. During cocktail hour the waitstaff was very responsive and came up to the bride and groom each time a new tray of appetizers came out before serving any of the other guests. 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, 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 transported to and from the discovery center for cocktail hour and our reception.

Our guests were blown away by the beauty and elegance of the Savannah Room at the Discovery Center. 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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Craig & Meg
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
So amazing, I don't know where to begin...They day was more perfect that we even though. We worked with Terry from day 1 and never had an issue. The venue is unique, but still has a very upscale feel. The food is exceptional and you have a lot of options. Many guests were shocked with how delicious and exceptional the food was. Terry is fantastic at planning and it saved us a lot of money since we didn't need a wedding planner. Worked with all of our vendors on everything they needed. Our guests all enjoyed the unique venue, but were also very impressed with how classy everything still was. The structure was perfect and everything went accordingly. The staff during the cocktail hour and dinner were so friendly and made sure everyone was always tended to and happy. So many beautiful spots for pictures as well. We could go on and on with how wonderful everything about the day was, and it was all centered around the fantastic venue and professional people at Brookfield Zoo.
So amazing, I don't know where to begin...They day was more perfect that we even though. We worked with Terry from day 1 Read more...
So amazing, I don't know where to begin...They day was more perfect that we even though. We worked with Terry from day 1 and never had an issue. The venue is unique, but still has a very upscale feel. The food is exceptional and you have a lot of options. Many guests were shocked with how delicious and exceptional the food was. Terry is fantastic at planning and it saved us a lot of money since we didn't need a wedding planner. Worked with all of our vendors on everything they needed. Our guests all enjoyed the unique venue, but were also very impressed with how classy everything still was. The structure was perfect and everything went accordingly. The staff during the cocktail hour and dinner were so friendly and made sure everyone was always tended to and happy. So many beautiful spots for pictures as well. We could go on and on with how wonderful everything about the day was, and it was all centered around the fantastic venue and professional people at Brookfield Zoo. Read less
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Brooke
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't give enough stars to the Brookfield Zoo! Our reception was AMAZING and our planner Kathy was a joy to work with. Our cocktail hour was in the Giraffe house and our reception was in the Discovery Center. A guest came up to me half way through the reception and said "best wedding ever" and I was overjoyed! That was the experience we wanted to give our guests. The entire staff was the zoo was so accommodating and helped to make the night a complete success. The food, the venue, the experience, the staff, everything was a perfect 10!
I can't give enough stars to the Brookfield Zoo! Our reception was AMAZING and our planner Kathy was a joy to work with. Read more...
I can't give enough stars to the Brookfield Zoo! Our reception was AMAZING and our planner Kathy was a joy to work with. Our cocktail hour was in the Giraffe house and our reception was in the Discovery Center. A guest came up to me half way through the reception and said "best wedding ever" and I was overjoyed! That was the experience we wanted to give our guests. The entire staff was the zoo was so accommodating and helped to make the night a complete success. The food, the venue, the experience, the staff, everything was a perfect 10! Read less
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elysion
Wedding:
8/17/2013
4.6/5.0
We had our ceremony at the Roosevelt Fountain within the zoo, cocktail hour at the Great Bear Wilderness exhibit, and reception at the Bocaditos Restaurant.

Terry was our event coordinator and he was truly amazing; he has 18 years of experience as an event coordinator, and it shows. For any problem we had, he had a solution, even for things we didn't consider at all. From our first visit to look around up to our wedding, the whole planning process was great and with no hassles at all. I will say a phone call yields a much quicker response time than e-mail, but Terry always answered and was helpful nonetheless. During the actual day of the wedding, 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 pricing is very reasonable and packaged at a per head rate which includes your reception, catering, linens, silverware, some decorations, the cake, cocktail hour at one of the exhibits (probably the BEST feature), and open bar. All of our guests seriously loved being able to watch the animals during the cocktail hour, and just the novelty of being in the zoo for the wedding! Also your guests' entrance is free, so lots of our guests arrived early to walk around a bit.

One thing I do want to call out is that the food was fantastic, and the way they handled our guests with food allergies was really great as well. We had several people who were vegetarian or had gluten allergies etc., and the zoo made sure to have vegetarian and gluten free cocktail hour hor d'oeuvres available. I didn't even know, but I had pleased guests tell me about it afterward. Plus, the vegetarian entree subtitute was delicious, or so I was told by several others!

Basically, the zoo has got weddings down. Their package is really comprehensive, and their staff really knows what its doing. Our guests raved about how awesome our wedding was and how fun the zoo was, and I'm so glad we got married there!!
We had our ceremony at the Roosevelt Fountain within the zoo, cocktail hour at the Great Bear Wilderness exhibit, and Read more...
We had our ceremony at the Roosevelt Fountain within the zoo, cocktail hour at the Great Bear Wilderness exhibit, and reception at the Bocaditos Restaurant.

Terry was our event coordinator and he was truly amazing; he has 18 years of experience as an event coordinator, and it shows. For any problem we had, he had a solution, even for things we didn't consider at all. From our first visit to look around up to our wedding, the whole planning process was great and with no hassles at all. I will say a phone call yields a much quicker response time than e-mail, but Terry always answered and was helpful nonetheless. During the actual day of the wedding, 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 pricing is very reasonable and packaged at a per head rate which includes your reception, catering, linens, silverware, some decorations, the cake, cocktail hour at one of the exhibits (probably the BEST feature), and open bar. All of our guests seriously loved being able to watch the animals during the cocktail hour, and just the novelty of being in the zoo for the wedding! Also your guests' entrance is free, so lots of our guests arrived early to walk around a bit.

One thing I do want to call out is that the food was fantastic, and the way they handled our guests with food allergies was really great as well. We had several people who were vegetarian or had gluten allergies etc., and the zoo made sure to have vegetarian and gluten free cocktail hour hor d'oeuvres available. I didn't even know, but I had pleased guests tell me about it afterward. Plus, the vegetarian entree subtitute was delicious, or so I was told by several others!

Basically, the zoo has got weddings down. Their package is really comprehensive, and their staff really knows what its doing. Our guests raved about how awesome our wedding was and how fun the zoo was, and I'm so glad we got married there!! Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything was included in this event and the staff at the Zoo went out of their way to make our event even more special for our family. The professionalism of the staff exceeded our expectations.
Everything was included in this event and the staff at the Zoo went out of their way to make our event even more special Read more...
Everything was included in this event and the staff at the Zoo went out of their way to make our event even more special for our family. The professionalism of the staff exceeded our expectations. Read less
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