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A Splashy Scene

| October 1, 2014 | Parties

The Party
We don’t know about you, but a trip to the Shedd Aquarium is an exciting outing on any occasion. Throw in Brazilian dancers, a sprawling buffet of gourmet sampling stations and a lakeside fireworks-lit dance party and that’s one trip to the aquarium we wouldn’t miss.

The People
The evening kicked off with an exciting aquatic show featuring white-sided dolphins and beluga whales. Afterward, a lively paddle raise to support Shedd’s community access programs was an astounding success. Brazilian music filled the oceanarium as samba performers entered and ushered guests upstairs to the main galleries, where more than 30 restaurants offered up gourmet tastings (think oysters from Shaw’s Crab House and lobster ravioli from Tesori).

Best in Show
While enjoying bites and sipping spirits from Koval, partiers bid on exciting silent auction lots (we had our eyes on the Lake Michigan yacht cruise) before being invited to the late-night party on the terrace, complete with colorful Vanille Patisserie macarons. Even sweeter: The evening, which raised $318,000, was capped off with a surprise lakefront fireworks display. -Heidi Zeiger and Brenna Hernandez


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