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SHEDD AQUARIUM BLU

Let the countdown begin! On Saturday, August 6, the Auxiliary Board of Shedd Aquarium will celebrate the 10th anniversary of BLU,
its signature fundraising event. Don’t miss out on the summer’s hottest party—a night to enjoy the animals, gourmet restaurant samples
and sips, dancing and fireworks on the lakefront terrace—plus a few surprises! Watch a preview >

tickets

$150—regular admission

Includes drinks, restaurant bites, access to Shedd's exhibits and entertainment throughout the evening.

 

$250—VIP admission

Perks include early admission, a VIP cocktail lounge with skyline views, special performances, exclusive aquatic presentation seating, premier food vendors and more.

 

Bulk tickets
$1,250 for 10 regular admissions

Limited quantity available.

 

Cocktail attire preferred. Guests must be 21 or older;
IDs will be checked at the door.

support shedd

BLU raises vital funds to support Shedd’s rescue
 and rehabilitation, conservation, and education initiatives, and there are many opportunities for
you to give throughout the evening.

 

Please consider making a contribution at BLU by raising your paddle during the show, participating in our Fund-a-Friend program, or bidding on a silent auction prize. If you are unable to attend BLU but would still like to support the event, donate here.

 

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact abradley@sheddaquarium.org.

 

 

6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

8:30 p.m.

 

 

  9:15 p.m.

 

10:30 p.m.

 

11:30 p.m.

 

Lakeside VIP reception gets BLU rolling

Listen to the smooth sounds of John Vincent
and
The Voice contestant Madi Davis

 

The 10th anniversary celebration begins!
Enjoy sips and samples among the animals
and a musical performance from Guy King

 

See how the dolphin calves have grown by leaps and bounds in the aquatic presentation in the Abbott Oceanarium

 

DJ KJ fires up the dance floor on the lakeside terrace

 

Don’t miss the Navy Pier fireworks!

 

BLU concludes but the fun goes on

Shuttle service available to River North
at the bus turnaround beginning at 10:30 p.m.

schedule

Thank you to our

2016 sponsors

Beluga Sponsors

Lauran and Myrna Bromley

sea turtle Sponsors

GATX Corporation

Northern Trust

penguin Sponsors

David and Samantha Trace

Golub Capital

Miller Family Foundation

Winston & Strawn LLP, Jay Healy

Exclusive Beer provider

official media sponsor

official airline

restaurants

A taste of the amazing Chicago restaurants you'll sample throughout the evening:

 

*Listing includes committed participants as of July 27, 2016.

720 South

Aurelio's

BEATRIX

Big Jones

Bombay Wraps

Boston Blackies

Cemitas Puebla

The Florentine

Hampton Social

Insomnia Cookies

Kinmont Restaurant

Knife & Tine

Macello Ristorante

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood and Steaks

More Cupcakes

Nespresso

Nick’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill

Public House

Q BBQ

The Radler

Shaw’s/Oyster Bah

Skinny Pop

Sunda New Asian

Valley Lodge Tavern

Vanille

 

gallery

Take a look back on previous years of BLU.

auxiliary board

Danielle Benjoya *

Ray Bogenrief *

Lee Boshes

Julie Canna **

Kelly Capre **

Ted Challenger

Nathaniel Clapp *

David Coghlan

Jennifer Mengelt Corridon

Gregory Curtis

Kathleen Dilenschneider

Bill Drehkoff

Jim Drury

Nate Fencl *

Dan Gibbons

Michael Gibbons

Mike Gift **

Drew Gravitt

Jay Healy ***

Susan Hedlund*

Eric Heininger

John Hennegan

Brett Herbison**

Lynnie Hickey-Mehic*

Carl Howe

Tim Huizenga*

Nick Johnson

Katy Johnstone

Ronny Kamal**

Whitney Key

Chris LaHurd

Lisa Liegl *

DJ Lipke

Stephanie Lippian**

Marcos Lopez

Alexandra Lozier

Doug McClure *

Kevin Mehta

Laura Micheli **

Alex Miller *

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Moore

Jessica Morris **

Megan Murley

David Myszkowski

Matt Newton

Jeff Ollada

Katie Oresar

Alex Osak

Brad Page

Steven Paramski

Ashley Pater

Susan Patience (Begley)

Jon Pfeffer**

Myron Powelson

Megan Robb *

Alex Ross *

Quincy Ross

Jeff Samotny

Chris Sandner

GP Searle
Alexa Shea

Jason Simon

Derek Snaidauf

Alexis Sutton

Tina Talarico **

Claudine Tambuatco *

Jenna Thomas*

David Trace

Tamer Tullgren

Stacy Tulloch

Leah Turnbull

Lynn Watkins-Asiyanbi *

Dana Waud

Sloan Wilson

Catie Wloch

Daisy Wood

Patrick Yappel ***

Hani Zabeneh

 

* BLU Committee Chair

** Auxiliary Board Executive Committee

2016 BLU Co-Chairs

Susan Hedlund, Doug McClure and Alex Ross

 

 

 

To make reservations or request additional information,
please contact Shedd Aquarium at 312-692-3284.

Learn more at www.sheddaquarium.org.

purchase tickets

Let the countdown begin! On Saturday, August 6, the Auxiliary Board of Shedd Aquarium will celebrate the 10th anniversary of BLU,  its signature fundraising event. Don’t miss out on the summer’s hottest party—a night to enjoy the animals, gourmet restaurant samples and sips, dancing and fireworks on the lakefront terrace—plus a few surprises! Watch a preview >

6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

8:30 p.m.

 

 

 

  9:15 p.m.

 

10:30 p.m.

 

11:30 p.m.

 

Lakeside VIP reception gets BLU rolling
Listen to the smooth sounds of John Vincent
and The Voice contestant Madi Davis

 

The 10th anniversary celebration begins!
Enjoy sips and samples among the animals
and a musical performance from Guy King

 

See how the dolphin calves have grown by
leaps and bounds in the aquatic presentation
in the Abbott Oceanarium

 

DJ KJ fires up the dance floor on the lakeside terrace

 

Don’t miss the Navy Pier fireworks!

 

BLU concludes but the fun goes on

Shuttle service available to River North
at the bus turnaround beginning at 10:30 p.m.

A taste of the amazing
Chicago restaurants you'll sample
throughout the evening:

 

*Listing includes committed participants as of July 27, 2016.

 

Let the countdown begin! On Saturday, August 6,
the Auxiliary Board of Shedd Aquarium will celebrate
the 10th anniversary of BLU,  its signature fundraising event. Don’t miss out on the summer’s hottest party—a night
to enjoy the animals, gourmet restaurant samples and sips, dancing and fireworks on the lakefront terrace—plus a few surprises! Watch a preview >

BLU raises vital funds to support Shedd’s rescue and rehabilitation, conservation,
 and education initiatives, and there are many opportunities for you to give throughout the evening.

 

Please consider making a contribution at BLU by raising your paddle during the show, participating in our Fund-a-Friend program, or bidding on a silent auction prize. If you are unable to attend BLU
but would still like to support the event,

 donate here.

 

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact abradley@sheddaquarium.org.

 

 

6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

8:30 p.m.

 

 

 

9:15 p.m.

 

 

10:30 p.m.

 

11:30 p.m.

 

Lakeside VIP reception gets BLU rolling

Listen to the smooth sounds of
John Vincent and
The Voice contestant Madi Davis

 

The 10th anniversary celebration begins!

Enjoy sips and samples among the animals and a musical performance
from Guy King

 

See how the dolphin calves have grown by leaps and bounds in the aquatic presentation in the Abbott Oceanarium

 

DJ KJ fires up the dance floor on the lakeside terrace

 

Don’t miss the Navy Pier fireworks!

 

BLU concludes but the fun goes on

Shuttle service available to River North
at the bus turnaround beginning at
10:30 p.m.

A taste of the amazing
Chicago restaurants you'll sample
throughout the evening:

 

*Listing includes committed participants as of July 27, 2016.

Danielle Benjoya *

Ray Bogenrief *

Lee Boshes

Julie Canna **

Kelly Capre **

Ted Challenger

Nathaniel Clapp *

David Coghlan

Jennifer Mengelt Corridon

Gregory Curtis

Kathleen Dilenschneider

Bill Drehkoff

Jim Drury

Nate Fencl *

Dan Gibbons

Michael Gibbons

Mike Gift **

Drew Gravitt

Jay Healy ***

Susan Hedlund*

Eric Heininger

John Hennegan

Brett Herbison**

Lynnie Hickey-Mehic*

Carl Howe

Tim Huizenga*

Nick Johnson

Katy Johnstone

Ronny Kamal**

Whitney Key

Chris LaHurd

Lisa Liegl *

DJ Lipke

Stephanie Lippian**

Marcos Lopez

Alexandra Lozier

Doug McClure *

Kevin Mehta

Laura Micheli **

Alex Miller *

Ryan Moore

 

 

 

 

Jessica Morris **

Megan Murley

David Myszkowski

Matt Newton

Jeff Ollada

Katie Oresar

Alex Osak

Brad Page

Steven Paramski

Ashley Pater

Susan Patience (Begley)

Jon Pfeffer**

Myron Powelson

Megan Robb *

Alex Ross *

Quincy Ross

Jeff Samotny

Chris Sandner

GP Searle
Alexa Shea

Jason Simon

Derek Snaidauf

Alexis Sutton

Tina Talarico **

Claudine Tambuatco *

Jenna Thomas*

David Trace

Tamer Tullgren

Stacy Tulloch

Leah Turnbull

Lynn Watkins-Asiyanbi *

Dana Waud

Sloan Wilson

Catie Wloch

Daisy Wood

Patrick Yappel ***

Hani Zabeneh

 

* BLU Committee Chair

** Auxiliary Board Executive Committee

 

 

 
 

purchase tickets

Let the countdown begin! On Saturday, August 6, the Auxiliary Board of Shedd Aquarium will celebrate the 10th anniversary of BLU,  its signature fundraising event. Don’t miss out on the summer’s hottest party—a night to enjoy the animals, gourmet restaurant samples and sips, dancing and fireworks on the lakefront terrace—plus a few surprises! Watch a preview >

tickets

$150—regular admission

Includes drinks, restaurant bites, access to Shedd's exhibits and entertainment throughout the evening.

 

$250—VIP admission

Perks include early admission, a VIP cocktail lounge with skyline views, special performances, exclusive aquatic presentation seating, premier food vendors and more.

 

Bulk tickets—$1,250 for 10 regular admissions

Limited quantity available.

 

Cocktail attire preferred. Guests must be 21 or older; IDs will be checked at the door.

 

purchase tickets

 

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schedule

6:00 P.M.

Lakeside VIP reception gets BLU rolling

Listen to the smooth sounds of John Vincent and The Voice contestant Madi Davis

 

7:00 P.M.

The 10th anniversary celebration begins! Enjoy sips and samples among the animals and a musical performance from Guy King

 

8:30 P.M.

See how the dolphin calves have grown by leaps and bounds in the aquatic presentation in the Abbott Oceanarium

 

9:15 P.M.

DJ KJ fires up the dance floor on the lakeside terrace

 

10:30 P.M.

Don’t miss the Navy Pier fireworks!

 

11:30 P.M.

BLU concludes but the fun goes on

Shuttle service available to River North at the bus turnaround beginning at 10:30 p.m.

support shedd

BLU raises vital funds to support Shedd’s rescue and rehabilitation, conservation, and education initiatives, and there are many opportunities for you to give throughout the evening.

 

Please consider making a contribution at BLU by raising your paddle during the show, participating in our Fund-a-Friend program, or bidding on a silent auction prize. If you are unable to attend BLU but would still like to support the event, donate here.

 

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact abradley@sheddaquarium.org.

Thank you to our

2016 sponsors

Beluga Sponsors

Lauran and Myrna Bromley

 

otter Sponsors

ArcelorMittal

Exelon

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

New Coast Ventures

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

 

sea turtle Sponsors

GATX Corporation

Northern Trust

 

penguin Sponsors

David and Samantha Trace

Golub Capital

Miller Family Foundation

Winston & Strawn LLP, Jay Healy

 

Exclusive Beer provider

official media sponsor

 

official airline

restaurants

A taste of the amazing Chicago restaurants you'll sample throughout the evening: *Listing includes committed participants as of  July 27, 2016.

720 South

Aurelio's

BEATRIX

Big Jones

Bombay Wraps

Boston Blackies

Cemitas Puebla

The Florentine

Hampton Social

Insomnia Cookies

Kinmont Restaurant

Knife & Tine

Macello Ristorante

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood and Steaks

More Cupcakes

Nespresso

Nick’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill

Public House

Q BBQ

The Radler

Shaw’s/Oyster Bah

Skinny Pop

Sunda New Asian

Valley Lodge Tavern

Vanille

gallery

Take a look back on previous years of BLU.

auxiliary board

2016 BLU Co-Chairs

Susan Hedlund

Doug McClure

Alex Ross

 

Danielle Benjoya *

Ray Bogenrief *

Lee Boshes

Julie Canna **

Kelly Capre **

Ted Challenger

Nathaniel Clapp *

David Coghlan

Jennifer Mengelt Corridon

Gregory Curtis

Kathleen Dilenschneider

Bill Drehkoff

Jim Drury

Nate Fencl *

Dan Gibbons

Michael Gibbons

Mike Gift **

Drew Gravitt

Jay Healy ***

Susan Hedlund*

Eric Heininger

John Hennegan

Brett Herbison**

Lynnie Hickey-Mehic*

Carl Howe

Tim Huizenga*

Nick Johnson

Katy Johnstone

Ronny Kamal**

Whitney Key

Chris LaHurd

Lisa Liegl *

DJ Lipke

Stephanie Lippian**

Marcos Lopez

Alexandra Lozier

Doug McClure *

Kevin Mehta

Laura Micheli **

Alex Miller *

Ryan Moore

Jessica Morris **

Megan Murley

David Myszkowski

Matt Newton

Jeff Ollada

Katie Oresar

Alex Osak

Brad Page

Steven Paramski

Ashley Pater

Susan Patience (Begley)

Jon Pfeffer**

Myron Powelson

Megan Robb *

Alex Ross *

Quincy Ross

Jeff Samotny

Chris Sandner

GP Searle
Alexa Shea

Jason Simon

Derek Snaidauf

Alexis Sutton

Tina Talarico **

Claudine Tambuatco *

Jenna Thomas*

David Trace

Tamer Tullgren

Stacy Tulloch

Leah Turnbull

Lynn Watkins-Asiyanbi *

Dana Waud

Sloan Wilson

Catie Wloch

Daisy Wood

Patrick Yappel ***

Hani Zabeneh

 

* BLU Committee Chair

** Auxiliary Board Executive Committee

 

 

 

 

 

To make reservations or request
additional information, please contact
 Shedd Aquarium at 312-692-3284.

 

Learn more at www.sheddaquarium.org.