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Please join us during this historic time: Donate to our It’s Time reopening campaign or honor your Shedd memories by creating your own fundraiser.

  • Select “Make a Gift” and choose a donation amount that’s right for you.
  • Create and “Form a Fundraising Team” to join friends to raise funds. Don’t forget to share on Facebook!

In this unprecedented time, we now focus on galvanizing our community around the reopening of the aquarium: a symbolic celebration of our collective ability to overcome a global threat and gather, again, in unity. Shedd’s work continues with joy and optimism during the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue after it. But our ability to adapt to our changing world is only possible through long-standing donors and partners. Thank you to our reopening sponsors!

Thank you to our benefactors



Reed Family Foundation


The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Byron Smith


Brian Kenney and Kristin Longley /GATX


Anna and Bob Livingston



Rick and Dixie Erwin 

Katie and Brent Gledhill 

Learn more about getting started

If you’re new to fundraising or looking for instructions on how to create a team, we’re happy to help! You can view our instructional PDF to find answers to your questions. We also invite you to watch our instructional webinar where Shedd staff members discuss how to set up a personal fundraising page and share it with your contacts, with tips for reaching your goal.

A red and yellow fish swims above coral in blue water.

Make a gift

Contributions come in all shapes and sizes, and we appreciate your support. See how your donation makes a difference by visiting our OneCause page and select “Make a Gift.” Contributions of $50 or more support our ongoing animal care and will be recognized with invitations to exclusive monthly virtual events featuring some of your favorite animals! If you can give $1,500, you’ll become a member of Shedd's Aquarium Council and enjoy year-round membership benefits, invitations to all It's Time virtual events and personalized donor visits at Shedd when we reopen!

Three belugas swim in blue waters as a rock hopper penguin looks on.

Form a fundraising team

Shedd’s It’s Time campaign is all about the social experience: doing things that are fun, rewarding and good for the community, and sharing them with your friends. Highlight your support of Shedd among your friends, family and social community by forming a fundraising team. And be sure to use #itstimeforshedd when posting on social media.

A giant Pacific octopus with eight arms covered in round, grasping suckers spread out to feel its habitat.

Celebrate with Shedd 

To thank everyone who participates, we hosted a series of virtual events on Facebook leading up to Shedd’s 90th anniversary featuring conservation talks, live otter footage and of course WellingtonFrom now until June 22, you can also win free VIP tickets to Shedd by stopping by our Do312 page and “Entering to Win.”

Learn more

If you have questions or need more information on how to create a fundraising campaign, watch our instructional webinar above or download our instructional PDF to learn more!

Thank you to all of our donor patrons



Amy and Paul Carbone

Paula and David Epstein

Ty and Anne Fahner

Kathryn and John Gilbertson

Anders and Donna Gustafsson

Jerry and Jayne Krulewitch

Harvey L. Miller Supporting Foundation


JPMorgan Chase

Tom and Alissa King, KeyBanc

David and Lesly Koo

Chris and Nikki Klingenstein

Peoples Gas Community Fund

PFK Family Foundation

Walder Foundation

Jane Warner and John Hegener

William Blair & Company



Bruce and Deb Crown


Doug McClure

The Gallo Family

Sarah and John Garvey

David and Gillian Foulkes

George L. Shields Foundation, Inc

Meg and John Hesselmann

Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation

Christopher Kim Family

Klein & Hoffman

Erma S. Medgyesy

Jeff Ollada

Power Construction

Jeanine M. Sheehan

Ed and Pat Sutarik