Brookfield Zoo

Army Sgt. Keith Howse surprised his daughters Jorja and Nataja at a dolphin show at Brookfield Zoo on Thursday, after returning from Afghanistan. Their mother, Aja Moores, had been planning the surprise reunion for a week and a half. (Credit: CBS)

Soldier’s Girls Get Surprise Reunion With Dad At Brookfield Zoo

There was a big surprise on Wednesday for two little girls at Brookfield Zoo and everybody at a dolphin show got to share it with them.

CBS Chicago–06/27/2012

JoJo, 32 (right) and Kamba, 8, western lowland gorillas at Brookfield Zoo. (Credit: Brookfield Zoo)

Lincoln Park Native JoJo Settles Among Gorillas At Brookfield Zoo

A gorilla named JoJo has traded the north lakefront for the southwest suburbs, as he takes over the leadership and breeding roles at Brookfield Zoo.

CBS Chicago–06/26/2012


Survivor Casting Call Announced

Do you have what it takes to be the ultimate “Survivor”?



Guide To Brookfield Zoo

There was no other place I wanted to go to more as a kid than the Brookfield Zoo. In fact, blowing out the candles on my birthday cake involved wishing for my mom to take me to the zoo. That’s before I got smart and starting wishing for a dog. Over the past couple of years the zoo has started implementing a lot of new exhibits and homes for the animals. The best part of the zoo is that you’ll never see the same thing twice. The animals are always up to something.


(credit: Hyacynth Worth)

Earth Day With The Kids

The last two weekends in April promise to be green in the Chicagoland in so many ways with trees budding and unfurling their leaves and both Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations in full swing around the city and suburbs. Mark your calendars for Earth Day Sunday, April 22, and Arbor Day Friday, April 27, and take a peak below to plan out how to celebrate our great Earth with the kiddos while teaching them ways to be good stewards of our precious resources.


Black Footed Cat

Black-Footed Cat Born, Hand-Reared At Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo announced this week that a black-footed cat has been born at the zoo for the first time ver.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012

An new baby Aardvark with mother, Jessi. (Credit: Brookfield Zoo)

Baby Aardvark Growing Up At Brookfield Zoo

A baby aardvark is the newest resident of Brookfield Zoo.

CBS Chicago–02/22/2012

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 26th, 2011: Hundreds of people congregate in Millennium Park for the winter to enjoy a family night of ice skating.  The ice rink is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through March with weather permitting.  (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Free & Cheap Winter Break Activities In Chicago

You could spend a small fortune going to a movie or sending the kids to day camp, but we’ve compiled a list of free, inexpensive and exciting activities to take you through the weekend. Be sure to double check the website for what’s included. You may still need to pay for special activities or parking. So pack up the kids and pack a lunch and have a great winter break.



Guide To Groundhog Day

Since 1993, the Groundhog Day holiday has enjoyed renewed interest due to the namesake cult film starring the very excellent Bill Murray as weatherman Phil Connors. While Punxsatawney, PA gets most the national attention on the day itself, the actual location of the filming of Groundhog Day is our very own Woodstock, IL. Murray was the star, but the town itself plays a major role…


(credit: Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

Super Suave Winter Date Guide

I want you to know, a lot has changed since my last date guide. I’m not the amateurish schmuck I was when I wrote that dating guide. I’m a totally new schmuck. I am more mature and ready to tell you about some of the best winter date spots that exist in this fine city.


L.A. Zoo Debuts Pair Of Snow Leopard Cubs

2 New Snow Leopards Unveiled At Brookfield Zoo

There is a new addition at Brookfield Zoo this holiday season.

CBS Chicago–12/07/2011

Selfridges' Christmas Grotto Opens

Chicago’s Santas: Best Of The Best

Here’s a guide of the Best Santa’s to visit in the Chicago area – and where and when you can bring your kids of all ages to sit on his lap.


Tapeko, a bottlenose dolphin at Brookfield Zoo, gave birth to a male calf on Oct. 30, 2011, but the baby dolphin died moments after birth. (Credit: Brookfield Zoo)

Baby Dolphin Dies Shortly After Birth At Brookfield Zoo

A newborn dolphin died within moments of his birth at Brookfield Zoo early Sunday morning.

CBS Chicago–10/30/2011

Western grey kangaroos at Brookfield Zoo’s Australia House getting a tasty treat thanks to a new browse program between the zoo and ComEd. Browse is branches, twigs and leaves from trees and shrubs. (Photo Courtesy Chicago Zoological Society)

ComEd Tree Trimmings Make A Tasty Treat For Zoo Animals

ComEd’s tree-trimming operations have been providing what some might consider an unlikely benefit to the animals at the Brookfield Zoo.


Dolphin Dies

Dolphin Dies Just Before Planned Show At Brookfield Zoo

A 4-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin died Monday at the Brookfield Zoo.

CBS Chicago–09/06/2011

Lake Forest Art Fair On The Square

Labor Day Weekend Guide

Labor Day weekend is upon us! From festivals to music, the city and suburbs are full of things to do.


Brookfield Zoo

15 Years Ago Today: Gorilla Rescues Boy Who Fell In Ape Pit

A boy, now 18 years old, owes his life to the maternal instincts of a gorilla at Brookfield Zoo.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2011

Animals At In The Brookfield Zoo Try To Beat The Summer Heat

Polar Bear Tries To Beat The Heat At Brookfield Zoo

The animals at Brookfield Zoo are getting a special treat to beat the heat.

WBBM Newsradio–07/20/2011

Brookfield Zoo

Hospice Patient To Go Behind The Scenes At Brookfield Zoo

A hospice patient with a passion for exotic animals is about to have a dream fulfilled.

WBBM Newsradio–07/11/2011

Officer Thor Soderberg

Officer Soderberg Honored One Year After Murder

One year has passed since Chicago Police Officer Thor Soderberg was shot and killed with his own gun.

CBS Chicago–07/07/2011