Shedd Aquarium: Project notes + updates

Shedd Aquarium

We are so thrilled to continue to partner with and support the Shedd Aquarium here in Chicago. Like you, I once thought that a place like this was about dolphin shows and a bunch of really cool-looking fish in large tanks. But, as I’ve truly gotten to know this place and its people, I realize it is so much more. In addition to animal care and wellness, we are truly honored to support their research, rescue, and conservation work.

To-date we have donated $4,500. CLICK HERE to further support our #AnimalRescue work! — Todd


28 January 2022 – Before some briefings at Shedd today, we had the pleasure to get close and personal with the Belugas during morning feeding. Such amazing animals…

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Photo credit: Todd

We spent some time behind-the-scenes of – and on top of – the Wild Reef exhibit, and observed feeding time for the Zebra Sharks! It was a really cool experience. We also received a private briefing about a new conservation project involving the Zebra Sharks, and it’s pretty amazing. We’ll be publishing details of the program when we get a few more details clarified. It’s a new project, and further details are still being crystalized. Can’t wait to share…

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Zebra shark (photo credit: Shedd)

Finally, we had preliminary discussions about our pledge to support Shedd’s 2030 Centennial Commitment, a major reinvestment in the aquarium to coincide with their centennial.

There is a lot here, and we have a little time to talk about it. We’re planning a significant investment in the capital campaign. What will happen? Lots. Shedd will likely DOUBLE their capacity to showcase the wonders of the ocean (see a rendering below). There is more that we aren’t at liberty to talk about just yet. Needless to say, we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this project, eight years in the execution. More details soon!

(Photo credit: Shedd)

2 August 2021 – We attended a Surge Forward VIP reception at Steak 48 restaurant, an event honoring and celebrating VIP supporters of the Surge Forward program, a dedicated community for Earth-friendly living. We are proud to have supported this program with a $1,500 grant. 


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Todd kayaking on the Wild Mile

18 June 2021 – Todd went kayaking on the Chicago River to see their conservation work firsthand. You can get a sense of the floating eco-park behind me in the photo below. This eco-park is helping bring back fish populations in a big way, going from just five native fish species to now over sixty. This is a huge win! Congrats to the Shedd team, feels so good to help support this work. Smiling behind me is John Kinzer, of Shedd Aquarium…


22 March 2021 – Meet Cruz! He’s a 250 pound *blind* sea lion that the Shedd’s team rescued. He was shot by a fisherman in California and brought here to Chicago for rehabilitation and a new life.

As part of our dedication to animal rescue, we got to meet Cruz live and in person today! He’s doing extremely well and performed lots of incredible tricks for us. He even danced! Because this was a special, behind-the-scenes tour, we were asked not to share our photos or video, so I am sharing this one that they provided.

Fun fact: It costs $20,000 to feed a sea lion for one year! ? They eat restaurant quality sushi, basically, and LOTS of it! Other sea lions at the Shedd weigh as much as 500+ pounds!

The Shedd does some amazing rescue, research, and conservation work. The next time you visit Chicago, we highly recommend it!

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Cruz, the sea lion