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Shedd Aquarium

Famous for its beautiful architecture, Shedd Aquarium inspires and connects people to 25,000 fish and animals from the waters of the world. This massive aquarium features incredible galleries, animal encounters, shows and exhibits, including Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Waters of the World, Polar Play Zone, Stingray Touch and the FX 4-D Experience. See giant sharks, eels and shimmery corals in the Wild Reef. Discover Pacific dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters and sea lions at the Oceanarium, and watch the dolphins soar and whales dance at the aquatic show, One World: Make a Difference. Explore the mysterious realm of sea jellies in the special exhibit, Jellies.

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Hours -

Mondays through Fridays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prices -

General Admission: $8 & $6; Total Experience Pass - $34 & $25.95; Shedd Pass: $28.95 & $19.95; Shed Pass Plus: $32.95 & $23.95.

Events

  • Aquatic Show, One World: Make a Difference
  • 4-D Experience Films
  • Trainer For A Day
  • Feeding Tours

Activities

  • Behind the Scenes Tours
  • Beluga & Penguin Encounters
  • Aquatic Shows & 4-D Movie
  • Group Tours & Field Trips
  • Dining & Shopping

Exhibits

Shedd Aquarium features incredible permanent exhibits, including Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Waters of the World, Polar Play Zone, Stingray Touch. See giant sharks, eels and shimmery corals in the Wild Reef. Meet Pacific dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters and sea lions at the Abbott Oceanarium. Explore the mysterious world of sea jellies in the special exhibit, Jellies.

Interactive Experiences

Shedd Aquarium features exciting attractions, aquatic shows, touch tanks, behind-the-scenes tours, field trips and animal encounters with penguins and whales. Watch breathtaking movies in the FX 4-D Experience, including Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 4-D. Watch dolphins soar and whales dance at the aquatic show, One World: Make a Difference. Get into the water with the whales in the Grainger Beluga Encounter Habitat. See Shedd from the unique perspective of the trainers and staff on the 50-minute guided Behind-the-Scenes Tour.

FAQs

  • When are the best times to visit the Aquarium?

    The Shedd Aquarium is one of Chicago’s most popular family attractions, so it gets crowded on the weekends, in the summer and on holidays. The best times to visit are either early mornings when the aquarium opens at 9 am or Sunday mornings – perfect for relaxed family experiences. Plan ahead and remember that it takes about 3 hours to see everything.
  • Is there dining at Shedd?

    Shedd Aquarium offers casual dining experiences and marine-themed restaurants. Enjoy fresh salads, wraps and sandwiches with local and organic ingredients at Soundings Café. Grab pan pizzas, Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef or chicken sandwiches and hamburgers at the Bubble Net – a fun food court. Located in Polar Play Zone, the Deep Ocean Café serves tasty kid fare, including hot dogs, mac and cheese, cookies, and ice cream.

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