About Shedd Press Kit

The John G. Shedd Aquarium, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to public education and conservation, is known as “The World’s Aquarium.” Situated in Grant Park in downtown Chicago, Shedd is home to 32,000 aquatic animals representing more than 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world. 

Since its opening in 1930, the aquarium’s mission has been to connect individuals to the living world and inspire them to make a difference. Today, this educational goal has gained urgency as more species acquire endangered status. Shedd Aquarium is committed to a number of projects designed to preserve threatened or endangered aquatic species. 

Shedd Aquarium is supported by the people of Chicago and the State of Illinois. Shedd Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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Recent news

BLU guests go “Frog Wild!” at Shedd Aquarium

BLU 2015Chicago’s young philanthropists gathered July 25 to raise $415,000 during Shedd Aquarium’s soirée, BLU. Co-chairs and Shedd's Auxiliary Board shared their passion for Shedd’s education and conservation initiatives with nearly 1,050 guests at one of Chicago’s premier summer fundraising fêtes. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium’s annual black tie fête, Metamorphosis, raises $2 million for conservation, animal rescue and rehabilitation

Gala paddle raiseChicago’s top philanthropic leaders came together for a transformational evening on June 20 to support Shedd Aquarium’s conservation and animal rescue and rehabilitation programs, raising approximately $2 million during its annual black-tie gala. The Metamorphosis Ball attracted 770 guests that supported Shedd’s mission of connecting people to the living world. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Trustees Elect H. John Gilbertson Jr. to Board Chairman

John GIlbertsonShedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care, conservation education and research, proudly announces the election of H. John Gilbertson Jr. as its next Chairman of the Board of Trustees, made official during the governing body’s annual meeting Thursday. Gilbertson, a Shedd board member since 2000 and retired Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., succeeds Tyrone C. Fahner, partner for global law firm Mayer Brown who has served in the leadership position since 2012. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium President/CEO Ted A. Beattie to Retire

Ted BeattieAfter more than two decades of leadership for one of the world’s most-respected animal care, conservation and education organizations, Shedd Aquarium President and Chief Executive Officer Ted A. Beattie announced today his intent for retirement in late 2016, bringing to close a 35-year legacy of commitment to the advancement of conservation and education for animals and ecosystems. Continue Reading> 

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Shedd ranked top-attended cultural destination in Chicago for 7th consecutive year

Caribbean ReefShedd Aquarium announced that more than 2 million guests walked through the iconic bronze doors of the aquarium in 2013, making Shedd the top-attended cultural organization in Chicago for the seventh year in a row. Continue reading>