Vamos comemorar! Let’s celebrate!

Join the Shedd Aquarium Auxiliary Board at a Brazilian-themed “festa” as dramatic as the rise and fall of the Amazon River. Celebrate summer and Shedd’s Amazing Rising exhibit with more than 1,000 young Chicago philanthropists and the 32,000 animals who call Shedd home as we raise funds for Shedd’s animal care, sustainability, conservation and learning initiatives.

Amid the cool residents of rivers and reefs, indulge in gourmet tastings from more than 30 of Chicago’s premier restaurants and beverage vendors, explore the animal exhibits and enjoy a special evening of dancing and fireworks on the terrace — the city’s BEST view. As they say in Brazil, vamos festejar — let’s party!

Não fique de fora! Don’t miss out!

$175 – Regular tickets include an open bar, Shedd’s exhibits, seats at an aquatic show, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment throughout the evening.

Early Bird pricing! Purchase regular admission tickets before July 1 to receive a discounted price of $150. This offer will sell out, so don’t wait!

VIP Admission – $250
Includes regular ticket perks, in addition to access to the VIP Samba Lounge with premier food vendors and signature cocktails, VIP seating at the aquatic show, and exclusive Shedd experiences during the party.

Bulk tickets – $1,500 for 10 regular tickets. Limited quantity available.

Cocktail attire is preferred. All guests must be 21. IDs will be checked at the door.

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Animação! Fun!

6:00 p.m. – Join us for cocktail hour in the Abbott Oceanarium. Stroll the exhibits and enjoy the stunning views from the North Terrace.

7:00 p.m. – Enjoy the aquatic show, with beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins and more, in the Rice Amphitheater while learning how your participation in BLU supports Shedd’s education and conservation programs.

7:45 p.m. – Sip cocktails and visit tasting stations from Chicago’s best restaurants and beverage providers in the original aquarium galleries. Samba, sip and sample your way through Shedd’s Amazon Rising exhibit and learn about its projects in South America.

9:00 p.m. – Dance the night away on the Sick Family Lakefront Terrace. Watch the Navy Pier fireworks and sample desserts in the late-night lounge.

Midnight – The party continues at Filini Bar at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago!

2014 Co-Chairs: Julie Canna, Laura Micheli and Jon Pfeffer

  • Rebecca Asfour
  • Charlie Asfour
  • Ray Bogenrief
  • Julie Canna*
  • Nathaniel Clapp
  • David Coghlan
  • Greg Curtis
  • Katelyn Danielski
  • Bill Drehkoff
  • Jim Drury**
  • Alexis Geocaris*
  • Dan Gibbons* **
  • Mike Gift
  • Jack Hammond
  • Katy Hartnett
  • Jay Healy*
  • Susan Hedlund*
  • Eric Heininger**
  • John Hennegan
  • Tom Hennessy**
  • Brett Herbison
  • Carl Howe
  • Tim Huizenga
  • Tiffany Irving
  • Whitney Key**
  • Meghan King
  • Chris Klingenstein
  • Josh Kolar
  • Chip Leen
  • Alex Levy
  • Lisa Liegl
  • Stephanie Lippian
  • Marcos Lopez
  • Doug McClure
  • Kevin Mehta
  • Jennifer Mengelt Corridon
  • Laura Micheli*
  • Duke Miglin
  • Ryan Moore
  • Jessica Morris*
  • Megan Murley
  • Brad Page**
  • Steven Paramski
  • Ashley Pater
  • Susan Patience* **
  • Jon Pfeffer*
  • Myron Powelson
  • Adam Powers
  • Leah Riggs
  • Megan Robb*
  • Alex Ross
  • Carlos Salazar
  • Chris Sandner
  • GP Searle
  • Aubrey Sharman
  • Mariah Shaver
  • Alexa Shea
  • Andrew Sinclair
  • Derek Snaidauf
  • Tina Talarico*
  • Claudine Tambuatco*
  • Michael Thompson
  • David Trace**
  • Tamer Tullgren
  • David Ventura**
  • Lynn Watkins-Asiyanbi
  • Dana Waud
  • Gina Wolf
  • Abby Wood
  • Daisy Wood
  • Patrick Yappel**
  • Rommie Zats

* BLU Committee Chair

** Auxiliary Board Executive Committee

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