Shedd Aquarium

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Shedd Aquarium

At Shedd Aquarium, animals connect you to the living world, inspiring you to make a difference. From whales to snails, tarantulas to turtles, you’ll meet 32,500 creatures from aquatic habitats around the world. Explore Shedd’s Abbott Oceanarium, where you can get face to face with beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, sea lions and penguins. Polar Play Zone is a permanent exhibit where kids and their families can play, pretend and discover through hands-on activities. See the aquatic show, starring the dolphins, belugas and more, and don't miss the "Jellies" special exhibit. Then meet some of Shedd's critters up close during live animal encounters in the Waters of the World galleries, talk to a diver in the 90,000-gallon Caribbean Reef, take a walk through a flooded forest in Amazon Rising and watch sharks overhead in Wild Reef. And visit Granddad, the oldest fish in any aquarium or zoo! Two million annual visitors can’t be wrong: Shedd Aquarium is the "must-sea" destination in Chicago!

  • ADA Compliant
  • ATM Machine On-site
  • Discover
  • Family-friendly
  • Hours of Operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Labor Day to Memorial Day; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day, weekends, holidays; closed Christmas Day
  • MasterCard
  • Miles from Downtown: 1.0
  • Miles from McCormick Place: 1.0
  • Miles from Midway Airport: 10.0
  • Miles from Navy Pier: 2.0
  • Miles from O'Hare Airport: 18.0
  • Military Discount
  • Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate: 15
  • Number of Restaurants On-site: 2
  • Number of Retail Stores: 2
  • Restaurant(s) On-site
  • Self-Parking Available: Off-site
  • Special Interest Tours Offered
  • Visa
  • Average Visit/Tour Length: 3 hours
  • Complimentary Policy: 1 per 25
  • Maximum Group Number: 500
  • Minimum Group Number: 15
  • Motorcoach Parking: Off-site
  • Separate Group Entrance
  • Wheelchair Accessible
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  • Complete Buy-out Available
  • Exclusive Audio/Visual Provider(s)
  • In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s)
  • Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated): 650
  • Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing): 1200
  • Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated): 650
  • Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing): 1200
  • Max Venue Capacity: 1500
  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 1
  • On-site Audio/Visual Equipment
  • On-Site Catering
  • Private Meeting Space Available