BLU: Behold the Beauty will celebrate the diversity of beauty worth saving found in Shedd’s new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty. Come explore the shimmer, color, pattern and rhythm of the exquisite aquatic wildlife that call our oceans, lakes and rivers home.

TICKETS

GENERAL ADMISSION

$150

Includes drinks, restaurant bites, a special aquatic presentation and access to Shedd’s exhibits, including Underwater Beauty, and entertainment throughout the evening.

VIP ADMISSION

$225

Additional perks include one-hour early entry, access to VIP lounges throughout the event, exclusive seating at the aquatic presentation, premier food vendors and signature cocktails.

BULK TICKETS

$1250

Ten regular admission tickets. Save $25 on each ticket while supporting Shedd’s mission. Limited quantity available. Please call 312-692-2737 for more information.

PURCHASE

Cocktail attire preferred.

Guests must be 21 or older;

IDs will be checked at the door.

DEAR GUEST,

Shedd Aquarium’s Auxiliary Board is proud to host our 12th annual fundraising event, BLU: Behold the Beauty! BLU takes place August 18, from 6 p.m. to midnight, at Shedd Aquarium, on Chicago’s beautiful Museum Campus.

Join us for a night of celebration featuring Shedd’s newest exhibit, Underwater Beauty. Explore the world of color, rhythm, shimmer and pattern with special animal encounters, top restaurants from across Chicago and dancing on our beautiful outdoor terrace. The spectacular views include Lake Michigan, the Chicago skyline and fireworks from Navy Pier that you won’t want to miss. All the while, you’ll be supporting Shedd’s mission to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world.

Click here to purchase your tickets today, and we’ll see you August 18!

Best,

2018 BLU Co-Chairs, Nate Fencl, Drew Gravitt & Jessica Morris.

SCHEDULE

VIP

6 P.M.

Early-access cocktail reception on Shedd’s famous terrace with premier access to Underwater Beauty, special animal encounters, and food and drink

7 P.M.

Sips and food samples among the animals with a special VIP lounge

8:30 P.M.

An exclusive aquatic presentation

9 P.M.

The lakeside terrace and main foyer dance floor opens as well as the special late-night VIP terrace lounge

10:30 P.M.

Navy Pier fireworks display

MIDNIGHT

The party concludes

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

GENERAL ADMISSION

7 P.M.

Sips and food samples among the animals

8:30 P.M.

An exclusive aquatic presentation

9 P.M.

The lakeside terrace and main foyer dance floor opens

10:30 P.M.

Navy Pier fireworks display

MIDNIGHT

The party concludes

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

SPONSORS

 

Beluga Sponsor

Lauran and Myrna Bromley

otter Sponsor

sea turtle Sponsor

Jessica Morris and Michael Valitchka

penguin Sponsor

Nathaniel P. Clapp

Jeffrey Ollada

Jake, Brooke, and Madeline Morris

Sheridan Capital Partners

SUPPORT SHEDD

 

Shedd Aquarium has a vision to create a world thriving with aquatic life, sustained by people who love, understand and protect it. The Auxiliary Board’s annual fundraising event, BLU, is your chance to support this vision as well as our work celebrating beauty worth saving. Through BLU, we can do more for aquatic habitats around the globe and for the animals that call Shedd home, together.

DONATE NOW

FOOD & DRINK

Enjoy tastings from Chicago’s best restaurants and beverage vendors. Includes drinks, restaurant bites, access to Shedd’s exhibits and entertainment throughout the evening.

 

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

20E Restaurant

720 South at Hilton Chicago

Aurelio’s

Beatrix

BLVD

Bombay Wraps

Cemitas Puebla

Cesar’s—Home of Killer Margaritas

Cindy’s

FEW Spirits

HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen

Hubbard Inn

Hutch American Concepts

PROSECCO

Rockit Bar & Grill

Samson & Surrey

Shaw's Crab House

Split-Rail

Sunda New Asian

The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Two Brothers Brewery

Wow Bao

AUXILIARY BOARD

2018 BLU Co-Chairs

Nate Fencl, Drew Gravitt
and Jessica Morris

Jane Allen

Lauren Bell

Danielle Benjoya

Jake Billhorn

Ray Bogenrief

Steve Boruta

Lee Boshes

Julie Canna

Ted Challenger

David Chen

Nathaniel Clapp

Caroline Conese

Ashley Cook

Greg Curtis

Ryan Cwiklinski

Ronak Danak

Brian Desplinter

Kathleen Dilenschneider

Jim Drury

Dan Gibbons

Mike Gift

Susan Hedlund

Brett Herbison

Lynnie Hickey-Mehic

Samantha Hills

Carl Howe

Tim Huizenga

Nick Johnson

Katy Johnstone

Brooke Kahn

Whitney Key (Towey)

Emily Krall

Chris LaHurd

DJ Lipke

Marcos Lopez

Alexandra Lozier

Parker Magley

Doug McClure

Megan McKitterick

Kevin Mehta

Laura Micheli

Alex Miller

Jeannette Miyazono

David Myszkowski

Matt Newton

Jeff Ollada

Katie Oresar

Ashley Pater

Jon Pfeffer

Myron Powelson

Eric Powers

Henry Raether

Christa Reed

Megan Robb

Jeff Samotny

Tracy Schovain

Aaron Schuster

Alexa Shea (Colin)

Caitlin Sieg

Grace Sims

Claudine Tambuatco

Sarah Tinsman

David Trace

Tamer Tullgren

Dana Waud

Catie Wloch

Patrick Yappel

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Shedd Aquarium gratefully acknowledges our premier corporate sponsors Chase, Citadel, Coca-Cola, ComEd, the Dover Foundation and United Airlines
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TICKETS

GENERAL ADMISSION

$150

Includes drinks, restaurant bites, a special aquatic presentation and access to Shedd’s exhibits, including Underwater Beauty, and entertainment throughout the evening.

VIP ADMISSION

$225

Additional perks include one-hour early entry, access to VIP lounges throughout the event, exclusive seating at the aquatic presentation, premier food vendors and signature cocktails.

BULK TICKETS

$1250

Ten regular admission tickets. Save $25 on each ticket while supporting Shedd’s mission. Limited quantity available. Please call 312-692-2737 for more information.

PURCHASE

Cocktail attire preferred.

Guests must be 21 or older;

IDs will be checked at the door.

SCHEDULE

VIP

6 P.M.

Early-access cocktail reception on Shedd’s famous terrace with premier access to Underwater Beauty, special animal encounters, and food and drink

7 P.M.

Sips and food samples among the animals with a special VIP lounge

8:30 P.M.

An exclusive aquatic presentation

9 P.M.

The lakeside terrace and main foyer dance floor opens as well as the special late-night VIP terrace lounge

10:30 P.M.

Navy Pier fireworks display

MIDNIGHT

The party concludes

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

GENERAL ADMISSION

7 P.M.

Sips and food samples among the animals

8:30 P.M.

An exclusive aquatic presentation

9 P.M.

The lakeside terrace and main foyer dance floor opens

10:30 P.M.

Navy Pier fireworks display

MIDNIGHT

The party concludes

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

SUPPORT SHEDD

Shedd Aquarium has a vision to create a world thriving with aquatic life, sustained by people who love, understand and protect it. The Auxiliary Board’s annual fundraising event, BLU, is your chance to support this vision as well as our work celebrating beauty worth saving. Through BLU, we can do more for aquatic habitats around the globe and for the animals that call Shedd home, together.

DONATE NOW

SPONSORS

 

Beluga Sponsor

Lauran and Myrna Bromley

otter Sponsor

sea turtle Sponsor

Jessica Morris and Michael Valitchka

penguin Sponsor

Nathaniel P. Clapp

Jeffrey Ollada

Jake, Brooke, and Madeline Morris

Sheridan Capital Partners

FOOD & DRINK

Enjoy tastings from Chicago’s best restaurants and beverage vendors. Includes drinks, restaurant bites, access to Shedd’s exhibits and entertainment throughout the evening.

 

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

20E Restaurant

720 South at Hilton Chicago

Aurelio’s

Beatrix

BLVD

Bombay Wraps

Cemitas Puebla

Cesar’s—Home of Killer Margaritas

Cindy’s

FEW Spirits

HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen

Hubbard Inn

Hutch American Concepts

PROSECCO

Rockit Bar & Grill

Samson & Surrey

Shaw's Crab House

Split-Rail

Sunda New Asian

The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Two Brothers Brewery

Wow Bao

Jane Allen

Lauren Bell

Danielle Benjoya

Jake Billhorn

Ray Bogenrief

Steve Boruta

Lee Boshes

Julie Canna

Ted Challenger

David Chen

Nathaniel Clapp

Caroline Conese

Ashley Cook

Greg Curtis

Ryan Cwiklinski

Ronak Danak

Brian Desplinter

Kathleen Dilenschneider

Jim Drury

Dan Gibbons

Mike Gift

Susan Hedlund

Brett Herbison

Lynnie Hickey-Mehic

Samantha Hills

Carl Howe

Tim Huizenga

Nick Johnson

Katy Johnstone

Brooke Kahn

Whitney Key (Towey)

Emily Krall

Chris LaHurd

DJ Lipke

Marcos Lopez

Alexandra Lozier

Parker Magley

Doug McClure

Megan McKitterick

Kevin Mehta

Laura Micheli

Alex Miller

Jeannette Miyazono

David Myszkowski

Matt Newton

Jeff Ollada

Katie Oresar

Ashley Pater

Jon  Pfeffer

Myron Powelson

Eric Powers

Henry Raether

Christa Reed

Megan Robb

Jeff Samotny

Tracy Schovain

Aaron Schuster

Alexa Shea (Colin)

Caitlin Sieg

Grace Sims

Claudine Tambuatco

Sarah Tinsman

David Trace

Tamer Tullgren

Dana Waud

Catie Wloch

Patrick Yappel

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Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium gratefully acknowledges our premier corporate sponsors Chase, Citadel, Coca-Cola, ComEd, the Dover Foundation and United Airlines

SCHEDULE

VIP

6 P.M.

Early-access cocktail reception on Shedd’s famous terrace with premier access to Underwater Beauty, special animal encounters, and food and drink

7 P.M.

Sips and food samples among the animals with a special VIP lounge

8:30 P.M.

An exclusive aquatic presentation

9 P.M.

The lakeside terrace and main foyer dance floor opens as well as the special late-night VIP terrace lounge

10:30 P.M.

Navy Pier fireworks display

MIDNIGHT

The party concludes

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

GENERAL ADMISSION

7 P.M.

Sips and food samples among the animals

8:30 P.M.

An exclusive aquatic presentation

9 P.M.

The lakeside terrace and main foyer dance floor opens

10:30 P.M.

Navy Pier fireworks display

MIDNIGHT

The party concludes

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

SUPPORT SHEDD

Shedd Aquarium has a vision to create a world thriving with aquatic life, sustained by people who love, understand and protect it. The Auxiliary Board’s annual fundraising event, BLU, is your chance to support this vision as well as our work celebrating beauty worth saving. Through BLU, we can do more for aquatic habitats around the globe and for the animals that call Shedd home, together.

DONATE NOW

SPONSORS

 

Beluga Sponsor

Lauran and Myrna Bromley

otter Sponsor

sea turtle Sponsor

Jessica Morris and Michael Valitchka

penguin Sponsor

Nathaniel P. Clapp

Jeffrey Ollada

Jake, Brooke, and Madeline Morris

Sheridan Capital Partners

Jane Allen

Lauren Bell

Danielle Benjoya

Jake Billhorn

Ray Bogenrief

Steve Boruta

Lee Boshes

Julie Canna

Ted Challenger

David Chen

Nathaniel Clapp

Caroline Conese

Ashley Cook

Greg Curtis

Ryan Cwiklinski

Ronak Danak

Brian Desplinter

Kathleen Dilenschneider

Jim Drury

Dan Gibbons

Mike Gift

Susan Hedlund

Brett Herbison

Lynnie Hickey-Mehic

Samantha Hills

Carl Howe

Tim Huizenga

Nick Johnson

Katy Johnstone

Brooke Kahn

Whitney Key (Towey)

Emily Krall

Chris LaHurd

DJ Lipke

Marcos Lopez

Alexandra Lozier

Parker Magley

Doug McClure

Megan McKitterick

Kevin Mehta

Laura Micheli

Alex Miller

Jeannette Miyazono

David Myszkowski

Matt Newton

Jeff Ollada

Katie Oresar

Ashley Pater

Jon Pfeffer

Myron Powelson

Eric Powers

Henry Raether

Christa Reed

Megan Robb

Jeff Samotny

Tracy Schovain

Aaron Schuster

Alexa Shea (Colin)

Caitlin Sieg

Grace Sims

Claudine Tambuatco

Sarah Tinsman

David Trace

Tamer Tullgren

Dana Waud

Catie Wloch

Patrick Yappel

“BLU: Behold the Beauty” will celebrate the diversity of beauty worth saving found in Shedd’s new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty. Come explore the shimmer, color, pattern and rhythm of the exquisite aquatic wildlife that call our oceans, lakes and rivers home.

Shedd Aquarium
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