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BLU: Festa Brazil In Chicago To Benefit Shedd Aquarium


Shedd Auxiliary Board members Megan Robb, Katelyn Danielski, and Claudine Tambuatco. (Photo credit: Brenna Hernandez, 2013)

The Shedd Aquarium Auxiliary Board will host their annual BLU event for a Brazilian-themed “festa” on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The event raises essential funds to support Shedd’s animal care, conservation, learning and sustainability initiatives.

More than 1,000 of Chicago’s young philanthropists are expected to attend and will be treated to specialty cocktails and indulge in cuisine from more than 30 of Chicago’s premier restaurants before connecting with the living world during an aquatic show. To top the evening off, guests will enjoy dancing and fireworks on the Shedd’s lakeside terrace. Not ready to end the night? No problem! The official after-party will be held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, 60601)


Shedd Auxiliary Board member Megan Murley and guests on the dance floor. (Photo credit: Brenna Hernandez, 20103)

BLU forgoes traditional event waste, utilizing LED lights, compostable cutlery, plates and napkins for tastings, post-consumer or recyclable signage, and showcases the aquarium’s Right Bite program – serving only best choices for sustainable seafood at the event – all donated by partnering Chicago restaurants and seafood vendors.

The event is sponsored, in part, by Lauran and Myrna Bromley, Toyota and H2O Plus.

WHEN: Saturday, July 26, 2014 from  6 p.m. to midnight

John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Ph. 312-939-2438

General Admission Tickets: $175;  includes open bar, hors d’oeuvres, an aquatic show and performances from local artists

VIP Tickets: $250;  includes access to the VIP Samba Lounge featuring a unique tasting menu and specialty cocktails and premier seating for the aquatic show

Please click here to purchase tickets.


Guests dance on Shedd’s Lakeside Terrace. (Photo credit: Brenna Hernandez, 2013)

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