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Shedd's BLU Gala Raises Money for Fish

 A snapshot from last year's BLU gala at the Shedd.
A snapshot from last year's BLU gala at the Shedd.
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Courtesy Shedd Aquarium

MUSEUM CAMPUS — Inspired by the World Cup festivities, this year's Shedd Aquarium summer fundraiser BLU will be "a Brazilian-themed 'festa' as dramatic as the rise and fall of the Amazon River," according to an announcement from the South Loop institution.

The event annually brings more than 1,000 young Chicago philanthropists to the aquarium at 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive. Ticket sales help fund Shedd's animal care, education and conservation initiatives, including the aquarium's "Right Bite" sustainable seafood campaign.

The July 26 event aims to be sustainable in other ways, using LED lights, compostable servingware and recyclable signs for the six-hour affair, which kicks off at 6 p.m.

Cocktails and cuisine from more than 30 Chicago restaurants will be served on the aquarium's lakeside terrace, along with tunes for a night of dancing and fireworks after sunset.

Tickets are $175 for regular admission and $250 for VIP, which includes access to a special lounge with a larger hors d'oeuvres and cocktail menu. Both passes include access to an aquatic show.

Buy tickets before July 1 for a discounted general admission price of $150.

Tickets are available online at the Shedd Aquarium's BLU website.

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