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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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Samantha
Wedding:
8/20/2016
5.0/5.0
My fiancé and I have not had our wedding yet and it gunna be booked for August 20th, 2016
My fiancé and I have not had our wedding yet and it gunna be booked for August 20th, 2016
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Absolutely a perfect reception at Brookfield Zoo, Swan Pavillion. Henry our wedding planner was the BEST, the most accommodating, understanding , highly organized, and caring individual. I don't know what I would have done without HENRY!! I am still glowing after our 9.20.15 wedding. He helped me throught the entire process and I felt relieved and confident after every conversation. As a bride, we know that wedding planning can be challenging, very detailed, hectic with meetings, and especially with working a full time job while planning- But HENRY made me feel relaxed and confident. Let me tell you an example of his kindness: While we were getting pictures before cocktail hour, Henry offered us bottled water. Prior to handing me the water, he opened the bottle and shook off part of the water so it wouldn't spill all over me. That is just One of MANY details that Henry took care of for our wedding. And that's just it, I felt taken care of~ which is what we need amidst a hectic schedule. We wanted a venue that was unique and not stuffy- Brookfield Zoo met this desire. WE were amazed and our guests are still talking about the entire experience. Everything was right on time and the Cocktail hour at the Bear Exhibit was fun for all. So many guests even the those that travelled from far distances said they would do it again to go to Brookfield Zoo. At dinner, Bonnie the captain (yes they have captains - like I said this is a highly organized operation, Brides you do not have to worry) was absolutely wonderful. We had a sweetheart table and she kept checking on us to make sure we were okay. Always asking us if we needed anything. Bonnie and the entire staff were extremely friendly & always professional. The food was outstanding- cocktail hour ( duck quesadillas, vegetable rolls, beef wellington and chckn medallions for dinner or veg kabob). I am soo grateful for Henry and all the staff for making my Wedding Day, a once in a lifetime moment a day that will last forever.
Absolutely a perfect reception at Brookfield Zoo, Swan Pavillion. Henry our wedding planner was the BEST, the most Read more...
Absolutely a perfect reception at Brookfield Zoo, Swan Pavillion. Henry our wedding planner was the BEST, the most accommodating, understanding , highly organized, and caring individual. I don't know what I would have done without HENRY!! I am still glowing after our 9.20.15 wedding. He helped me throught the entire process and I felt relieved and confident after every conversation. As a bride, we know that wedding planning can be challenging, very detailed, hectic with meetings, and especially with working a full time job while planning- But HENRY made me feel relaxed and confident. Let me tell you an example of his kindness: While we were getting pictures before cocktail hour, Henry offered us bottled water. Prior to handing me the water, he opened the bottle and shook off part of the water so it wouldn't spill all over me. That is just One of MANY details that Henry took care of for our wedding. And that's just it, I felt taken care of~ which is what we need amidst a hectic schedule. We wanted a venue that was unique and not stuffy- Brookfield Zoo met this desire. WE were amazed and our guests are still talking about the entire experience. Everything was right on time and the Cocktail hour at the Bear Exhibit was fun for all. So many guests even the those that travelled from far distances said they would do it again to go to Brookfield Zoo. At dinner, Bonnie the captain (yes they have captains - like I said this is a highly organized operation, Brides you do not have to worry) was absolutely wonderful. We had a sweetheart table and she kept checking on us to make sure we were okay. Always asking us if we needed anything. Bonnie and the entire staff were extremely friendly & always professional. The food was outstanding- cocktail hour ( duck quesadillas, vegetable rolls, beef wellington and chckn medallions for dinner or veg kabob). I am soo grateful for Henry and all the staff for making my Wedding Day, a once in a lifetime moment a day that will last forever. 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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
So worth it to have wedding at Brookfield Zoo. Kathy was our event coordinator and she was so nice and easy to work with. I am a very detailed person and Kathy provided so much professionalism and knowledge in the wedding industry. Everyone had a great time for its uniqueness and scenery.
So worth it to have wedding at Brookfield Zoo. Kathy was our event coordinator and she was so nice and easy to work with. Read more...
So worth it to have wedding at Brookfield Zoo. Kathy was our event coordinator and she was so nice and easy to work with. I am a very detailed person and Kathy provided so much professionalism and knowledge in the wedding industry. Everyone had a great time for its uniqueness and scenery. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
8/23/2015
4.8/5.0
The zoo was the BEST venue and all our guests LOVED it and said it was the best wedding they had ever been too! It's a little pricey per person, but, if your tired of stuffy hotel weddings and love animals, this is the best fit. I really wanted to have dolphins for our ceremony as I was proposed to after swimming with dolphins and Kathy was willing to accommodate our request, even though it can get hot in that area in the summer. It ended up being a PERFECT day, mid 70s in August, and not humid at all! Any requests or needs we had they were able to accommodate and did a great job. Everything was amazing. I wish I could do it all over again!
The zoo was the BEST venue and all our guests LOVED it and said it was the best wedding they had ever been too! It's a Read more...
The zoo was the BEST venue and all our guests LOVED it and said it was the best wedding they had ever been too! It's a little pricey per person, but, if your tired of stuffy hotel weddings and love animals, this is the best fit. I really wanted to have dolphins for our ceremony as I was proposed to after swimming with dolphins and Kathy was willing to accommodate our request, even though it can get hot in that area in the summer. It ended up being a PERFECT day, mid 70s in August, and not humid at all! Any requests or needs we had they were able to accommodate and did a great job. Everything was amazing. I wish I could do it all over again! 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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