Suburban Hotel Provides Linens To Gorillas At Chicago Zoo

The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center Offers Cozy Linens to Lincoln Park Zoo’s Endangered Great Apes!

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May 19, 2015

Oak Brook, IL - Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is going above and beyond in its effort to give back to the community and help the environment.   In addition to local homeless shelters, the multi-faceted west suburban resort recently donated its premium linens to Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, where the 250-thread count bedding is being used as additional nesting material for the western lowland gorillas at Regenstein Center for African Apes.

"While we continue to elevate our guest experience at the hotel," said Nathan Karsten, Director of Sales & Marketing at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, "we're committed to operating a sustainable business and supporting the greater good of the whole community."

So far in 2015, Oak Brook Hills has launched two extraordinary new environmentally-friendly initiatives, including an innovative beekeeping program and a Horticultural Gallery.  However, the zoo donation may be among its most unique measures to date.  The same luxurious linens that Hilton guests used to relax are now being used as nesting material in the western lowland gorilla exhibits at the historic Lincoln Park Zoo.  The toddler gorilla females, Patty and Nayembi (shown below), also use the linens for enrichment; playing with the blankets helps keep them stimulated and active.  Bahati, the mother of two-month-old gorilla Bella, will use the linens for nesting material for the pair until Bella is less reliant on mother and can make her own nest.

For interview requests, please contact the hotel's publicist, Jody Grimaldi, at 630/470-0044 or  Photos and video of Lincoln Park Zoo's latest gorilla baby are available for download at   A high resolution photo of the gorilla with the red linen pictured in this release can be downloaded here.

About Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center
Just west of downtown Chicago and nestled into the quiet suburb of Oak Brook, Illinois, Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center (3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523) is a preferred destination for getaways, golf trips, family vacations, weddings and business events. With over 42,500 square feet of IACC certified meetings and event space, the hotel is an ideal venue for business meetings, conferences, retreats, banquets and social functions. The 348 rooms and 38 suites are complemented by extensive and flexible event space including a tented outdoor pavilion, exercise facilities, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, numerous dining options, and the award-winning Willow Crest Golf Club.  The property is managed by Westmont-based Portfolio Hotels & Resorts.  Visit for reservations or more information, or call the hotel direct at 1-630.850.5555.


Jody Grimaldi
Grimaldi Public Relations
+1 630 470 0044

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