A Zoo in general is always a pleasure to young and old alike. From the cotton candy to the snakes behind glass zoological organizations go well beyond international borders.
When planning on a visit to the West Chicago Burbs one must think of Brookfield, Illinois. A quiet mostly residential town which happens to be the home of the nationally acclaimed Brookfield Zoo. When ever I have relatives or friends coming to visit, the zoo is naturally on the list for things to do.
Thanks in part to Edith Rockefeller McCormick ( yes, daughter of THE John D Rockefeller) who donated the first 83 acres to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County in the early years of the turn of the century. I doubt back then she knew exactly how wonderful her dream of a modern Zoo would be. She did not live to see the opening of the Brookfield Zoo in the summer of 1934.
The zoo was soon recognized for the innovation and unique way of displaying the wild animals using moots and cage-less arenas. All eyes were on the Brookfield Zoo when they opened the First in the U.S. exhibit of the Giant Pandas, an interesting and lovable creature that has captured our hearts ever since. Throughout the years leading up to today, the zoo has a serious side as well; becoming a force in the genetics, behavioural and nutritional advances and studies.
On a lighter note the Brookfield Zoo, from it's opening in 1934, continues to be home to Cookie the Cockatoo who is tauted as being 74 years young and still enjoys watching all the people go by. So the next time your company is thinking of a place to hold their national business meeting, or annual award ceremonies or even the employee of the month bash, think about having it at the Brookfield Zoo. I understand they have even had a wedding or two.