Brookfield Zoo and Chicago Zoological Park
Less than 16 miles from Comfort Suites Lombard - Addison!
Brookfield Zoo, also known as the Chicago Zoological Park, is a zoo located in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois. The zoo's origins started when Edith Rockefeller McCormick donated the land she received from her father as a wedding present to the Cook County Forest Preserve in 1919. Contsruction began in 1926.
Opened in July 1st, 1934, Brookfield Zoo became world renowned for using moats and ditches instead of cages to separate the animals from the zoo's visitors. It houses around 2,300 animals of which there are 450 different species in an area of 216 acres.
Brookfield Zoo was also the first American zoo to display Giant Pandas. The zoo is owned by Cook County Forest Preserve District and managed by the Chicago Zoological Society.
By the end of 1934, over one million people visited the zoo. In 1950, the forest preserve added a veterinary hospital, the zoo's famous central fountain, and a zoo designed specifically for children.
Visiting the zoo cheap is possible. Many times they have free admission days posted on their website. Discounts are offered to seniors over the age of 65 and children between the ages of 3-11. Membership deals can also make visiting the zoo inexpensive as well. The zoo is open 365 days a year - Monday thru Sunday from 10:00AM - 5:00PM. Generally, parking for cars is about $10.00 and for buses is about $15.00. The Brookfield Zoo is located less than 16 miles from the Comfort Suites Lombard - Addison Hotel in Lombard, IL and is a perfect place to stay while visiting the zoo!
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