Out of the BLU supporting John G. Shedd Aquarium
John G. Shedd Aquarium

About BLU

This year, BLU, the Shedd Aquarium Auxiliary Board's signature party with a purpose, will also be Chicago's largest Zero Waste event of the year! 

Join us for an evening of Out of the BLU experiences and special animal encounters. Dine, drink, and dance on Shedd's lakeside terrace while helping to protect our blue planet!

How Your Support Makes a Difference

Shedd Aquarium has a vision to create a world thriving with aquatic life, sustained by people who love, understand and protect it. Out of the BLU is your chance to support Shedd's core priorities of conservation and sustainability and make a difference in combating plastic pollution. 

As a Zero Waste event, BLU aims to decrease harmful debris that wind up in our waterways and negatively impacts the amazing animals that call our oceans, rivers, and lakes home.

About Shedd Aquarium

Every year Shedd Aquarium welcomes 2 million guests for unforgettable encounters with 32,000 animals from the world’s aquatic environments. But Shedd is more than a destination. Our scientists are saving endangered species and their habitats. Our animal care experts rescue and rehabilitate wildlife in need, across the country and around the world. 

Thank you to our Sponsors

Beluga Sponsor


Dolphin Sponsor


Otter Sponsor


Sea Turtle Sponsor

BMO Harris

White Claw Hard Seltzer

Penguin Sponsor

Bennett Day School

Billhorn Family


Clerestory Consulting LLC

David Chen

Duane Morris LLP


Jeff Ollada

Nathaniel Clapp

Perkins Coie LLP

The Shedd Aquarium Auxiliary Board is looking forward to Out of the BLU on Saturday, July 27! This year, our annual "party with a purpose" aims to protect aquatic animals and their habitats by going Zero Waste and decreasing plastic pollution. We are inviting all Shedd supporters to help raise awareness and funds for BLU this year by joining this virtual fundraiser.

For those who may not be able to attend BLU, participating in this fundraiser is a great way to show your support and help us reach our goal of $30,000 raised through this platform by July 27. Every donation makes a difference! You can also show your support by using the hashtag #SheddBLU on Twitter or Instagram and your photo will be streamed on this site! 

Learn more about BLU or purchase tickets here. Thank you so much for your support!