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This Little Piggy Went to the Zoo

By Prescott Carlson in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 1, 2008 2:05PM

pinto.jpgIt's no secret that we're big fans of pigs here at Chicagoist (especially the mini variety). So of course we're going to be celebrating National Pig Day today at Brookfield Zoo. Started in 1972 by two sisters in North Carolina (where they also love their pigs), the day was set aside to honor the smart and tasty barnyard beast.

There's going to be a parade, a VW "Pigmobile", live entertainment, pig-themed activities, and our favorite, Pinto the Yucatan miniature pig who plays basketball and OHMIGOD he paints, too. The whole thing kicks off at 10:30 a.m. so start packing that lunch and head out the door soon.

While it's going to be a bit cold today, the sun is out, the wind is calm, and you can always duck into Tropic World to warm up. Besides, the chill helps thin out the stroller pushing herd.

Picture of Pinto, our new best friend, courtesy of the Brookfield Zoo