Zoo-ologie: Walk on the Wild Side
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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 coconut rice.

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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