Fundraising Events

Shedd Aquarium’s annual fundraising events include our Board of Trustees gala, and BLU, hosted by our Auxiliary Board. A variety of opportunities are available to support the community’s most talked-about events.

Sponsorship benefits may include exposure on event marketing collateral, on-site recognition, event tickets and more. All event proceeds benefit Shedd Aquarium’s education and conservation initiatives.

Auxiliary Board annual fundraising event, BLU

BLU: Behold the Beauty
Saturday, August 18, 2018

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

See a photo recap of BLU 2017

Held at the aquarium and on Shedd’s north and lakeside terraces, BLU invites guests to celebrate a favorite Chicago institution while enjoying dazzling city skyline views, tastings from many of Chicago’s best restaurants and beverage vendors, and exciting performances.

BLU is hosted by Shedd Aquarium’s Auxiliary Board and attracts more than 1,000 of Chicago’s up-and-coming social and business leaders to attend. Sponsorship benefits include on-site naming areas, on-site activation and sampling, prominent logo and/or text recognition on event collateral, VIP event tickets and more.

Board of Trustees gala

2018 Shedd Gala: Underwater Beauty
Co-Chairs Rick & Dixie Erwin

Shedd Aquarium’s annual black-tie gala is attended by approximately 850 of Chicago’s philanthropic and business leaders for a night of cocktails, dinner, entertainment and dancing.

On June 9, 2018, the Board of Trustees hosted “Underwater Beauty” Shedd’s Aquarium’s 2018 gala. Funds raised through “Underwater Beauty” support Shedd’s conservation research, environmental stewardship and animal rescue and rehabilitation endeavors.

See a photo recap of Gala 2017

Sponsorship benefits include on-site naming areas, prominent logo and/or text recognition on event collateral, tables for up to 10 total guests and more. 

For more information, please contact

Contact info

For more information on fundraising events, please contact:

Wendy McGuigan
Director of Special Events