Party with the fishes and take a deeper dive into Shedd Aquarium at Chicago’s premier young philanthropist event. Your ticket purchase and gifts help support Shedd's efforts around animal care, learning, community access, conservation and sustainability.

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All guests must be 21. IDs will be checked at the door.

Cocktail attire is preferred.

Be a part of the solution and make a difference!

A limited quantity of tickets to BLU will be available for purchase at the door. To purchase tickets, head to the main entrance of the aquarium on July 27 and our staff will be happy to assist you.

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The BLU Experience

7:00 P.M. — 9:00 P.M.

Enjoy Cocktails and Haute Cuisine

Indulge in gourmet tastings from more than 30 of Chicago's premier restaurants and beverage vendors.

9:00 P.M. — midnight

Indulge!

Step out on a dance floor that's one of a kind — the Sick Family Lakefront Terrace. Later, slip away to chocolate and other indulgences in the posh dessert lounge. Then end the night with a bang watching fireworks over Navy Pier!

Music

Enjoy sets from The Salt and the Sea, The Samples and one of Chicago’s hottest DJs. VIP will have an exclusive set with Bailiff.

The Samples Performance: 8:30 — 10:00pm Location: Lakefront Terrace http://www.thesamples.com The Samples band photo
BAILIFF Performance: 7:00 P.M. — 8:30 P.M. Location: North Terrace (VIP) http://bailiffmusic.com Bailiff band photo
The Salt & The Sea Performance: 7:00 P.M. — 9:00 P.M. Location: Under the Clock (Routunda - facing Caribbean Reef) (Main Party) http://pablosong.com The Salt and The Sea band photo
After the Navy Pier fireworks, DJ Trentino will spin on the Lakefront Terrace from 10:00pm-12:00am.

Tickets

  • $175 regular tickets include open bar, hors d'oeuvres and performances by local artists.
  • $1,500 bulk tickets to the main party (10 tickets-limited quantity)

Purchasing tickets or questions? Contact us at: blu@sheddaquarium.org or 312.692.3386

A limited quantity of tickets to BLU will be available for purchase at the door. To purchase tickets, head to the main entrance of the aquarium on July 27 and our staff will be happy to assist you.

VIP

Opt for a private viewing of Stingray Touch, special tastings and early access to the dessert lounge.

$250 VIP tickets include exclusive VIP party, unique tasting menu, specialty cocktails and premier viewing for Navy Pier fireworks show.

2012 Blu Photo Gallery

Premier Corporate Partners

Abbott
Bank of America
CocaCola
Toyota
Walgreens

Make a difference

Your BLU ticket purchase ensures that Shedd never misses a beat in providing high-quality care to 32,500 animals, rescue and rehabilitation to animals in urgent need, research to help conserve sensitive aquatic habitats around the globe, and learning programs to schoolchildren and their families right here in Chicago. Thank you!

Help even more with an additional gift to support Shedd's mission and work.

Make a gift

Your contribution will be matched 2:1, thanks to a generous matching gift, which will triple your impact.

Blu is Green

Shedd's big party has a small environmental footprint, with LED lighting, compostable table settings, recyclable signage and sustainable seafood selections informed by Shedd's Right Bite program, which promotes seafood choices that are good for you and the world's oceans.

Special thanks to our sponsors

We are pleased to recognize our sponsors whose contributions were received by May 20, 2013.

Benefactor

Lauran & Myrna Bromley

Champions

Chicago Magazine

Official Media Sponsor of BLU

Martin Codax

Official Wine Sponsor of BLU

United

Official Airline of Shedd Aquarium

Partner

Patron

Supporter

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Underground – Official After Party of BLU

2013 Auxiliary Board