A Magical Night at the Aquarium with Jodi Benson

Arts & Entertainment

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There’s magic under the sea that simply cannot be replicated anywhere else – come experience an exclusive after-hours enchanted evening at the world-renowned Shedd Aquarium accompanied by Jodi Benson, the original voice of one of the most recognized princesses of all time, The Little Mermaid’s Ariel.

Cardmembers will begin their evening by enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and exploring the Abbott Oceanarium where they’ll come face to face with animals like beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins. Guests will make their way through the North Lobby, Mezzanine and the Underwater Beauty special exhibit; trainers and aquarists will be on hand to answer questions and share exciting facts throughout the experience -- before entering Shedd’s historic foyer and rotunda for a four-course seated dinner set against the Caribbean Reef, a turquoise coral reef home to mesmerizing aquatic animals like Nickel the green sea turtle.

As dinner culminates and dessert is served, guests will have the opportunity to hear Jodi discuss her journey as the voice of Ariel, experiences after The Little Mermaid, and anecdotes from her memoir Part of My World during the moderated Q&A. Following the Q&A, guests will have the opportunity take pictures with Jodi and explore additional exhibits prior to departing with a curated giftbag.

Jodi Benson is blessed and honored to be the recipient of the prestigious Disney Legend Award and proud to serve The Walt Disney Company for the past 35 amazing years. Jodi has received worldwide recognition and critical acclaim as the beloved singing and speaking voice of Ariel in the Academy Award-winning Walt Disney animated feature film, The Little Mermaid, as well as the bubbly voice of Tour Guide Barbie in Disney Pixar's Toy Story II, winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. Ms. Benson received a Tony Award and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for creating the starring role of Polly Baker in the Tony Award-winning Broadway Gershwin musical Crazy For You.

Shedd Aquarium sparks compassion, curiosity, and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Home to 32,000 aquatic animals representing 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and mammals from waters around the globe; Shedd is a recognized leader in animal care, conservation education and research. Shoulder to shoulder with more than 200 million people over the last nine decades, communities across Chicago, and partners around the world, Shedd Aquarium has served as a portal to life beneath the surface. Generating millions of moments that evoke inspiration, create compassion, and catalyze action, nearly 2 million guests each year look nature in the eye through one-of-a-kind experiences and millions more join together in neighborhoods, on rivers, across classrooms and virtually on screens to create meaningful change for our shared blue planet.

*Children under the age of 2 are free, but must be included in your shopping cart notes at checkout. 


Please be assured that the health and safety of our guests is paramount to us. We will follow all venue COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the event and will ask the same of our guests. Safety protocols may be posted by the venue leading up to the event. Chase, United & the Event Partners cannot guarantee that attendees will not be exposed to or contract COVID-19 while attending the event. By attending, cardmembers and their guests assume this risk and agree to release and hold Chase, United & the Event Partners harmless from any cause of action relating to exposure or contraction of COVID-19 arising out of your attendance at the event.

Experience Includes

  • Private after-hours access to the entire John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • Cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres
  • Four-course seated dinner
  • Moderated Q&A and photo opportunity with Jodi Benson
  • Curated gift bag

Tentative Event Schedule


*Due to the nature of this experience and the importance of animal health and safety, special experiences with animals are subject to change. Please note: All times are Central time. Schedule subject to change. The event begins promptly at 6:15pm.

Event Location

John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605