Zoo-ologie: Walk on the Wild Side
Nearly 650 of Chicago's most influential young professionals walked the walk for
wildlife at Lincoln Park Zoo's Zoo-ologie: Walk on the Wild Side. The eighth annual
Auxiliary Board event raised more than $160,000 to support Lincoln Park Zoo's
The Pride of Chicago campaign, which helps fund new initiatives at the zoo such
as the new Searle Visitor Center, slated to open this fall.
Enjoying the new event footprint this year, the Explorer Add-On package kicked
off the night with a special reception including exclusive food stations, a private
bar, passed champagne and front-of-scenes tours with animal keepers in the
intimate Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House. All guests indulged their
culinary curiosities with fare from 20 different Chicago restaurants, danced to the
tunes of Blake Alexander and DJ Rock City and bid on numerous premier
packages during the silent auction, including an all-inclusive stay at a private
resort in Acapulco and tickets to the musical Hamilton.
Zoo-ologie guests were the first to try "Coco Loro," coconut milk stout with Puerto
Rican spiced rum flavors crafted by DryHop Brewers to benefit the zoo's work to
conserve the critically endangered Puerto Rican parrot. DryHop's Executive Chef
Will Befort paired this craft brew with mole rojo braised beef short ribs served over
Zoo-ologie: Walk on the Wild Side was presented by the Auxiliary Board of
Lincoln Park Zoo chairs Tara From, Tiffany McCormick and Jennifer Splawski.
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