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Frontera Grill at Brookfield Zoo! 🦒

UPDATE 9/26: VIP Tickets are sold out and general tickets are now available for the discounted price of $200.

We are bringing the iconic Mexican flavors of the Frontera Grill to Brookfield Zoo for a once-in-a-lifetime, family-style charity dinner benefitting the Frontera Farmer Foundation. 

The dinner takes place 6-10:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd.  Brookfield, Ill. Entrance is at the South Gate.

General admission tickets cost $200 and include cocktails and appetizers, a special family-style outdoor dinner, full bars and up-close animal experiences. VIP ticketholders ($500) will have access to a live cooking demo and meet-and-greet with Rick Bayless, plus a signed cookbook and private up-close animal experience.

Tickets are only available by emailing:

In addition to the benefitting Bayless’ foundation, proceeds are also headed to the Chicago Zoological Society’s animal conservation efforts.

Formed by Rick Bayless and his wife Deann in 2003, the nonprofit Frontera Farmer Foundation awards capital development grants to small family farms in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan.

Since its inception, it has awarded nearly $3 million in grants to more than 200 farms. The grant awards have been used to improve on-farm operations like the installation of new irrigation systems and hoop houses, purchase of tractors and delivery trucks and construction of barns and packing houses. A complete list of farms and projects is available here. 

The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation.

Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards.

We are all about the collaborative spirit, so bringing the Frontera restaurant experience to unexpected places like Brookfield Zoo will be thrilling for us—and completely unforgettable for guests.

Can’t wait to see you all! 


    1. Hi Cindy, someone from the Zoo should be responding very soon. I’ve also passed your message onto them directly. Thanks for your interest and we hope to see you there.

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