Shedd Aquarium


1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago IL 60605

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At Shedd Aquarium, our mission is to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world by inviting guests to look nature in the eye. Whether you visit our special Underwater Beauty exhibit or watch sharks glide overhead in Wild Reef in-person, or you visit us from afar through our Virtual Encounters, there’s always more to explore at Shedd. From belugas to bluegill and from sea otters to sea turtles, discover the wonder of the aquatic animal world.

It’s time to celebrate! Chicago is fully reopening, and so are we! Safety precautions include:
Masks strongly recommended for non-vaccinated guests (over the age of 2)
Advance purchase of timed tickets required
Hand sanitizer available for all guests and staff
Increased cleaning of high-touch areas
Plexiglass shields at all counters
High-touch experiences will gradually resume, including Sea Star and Sturgeon Touch

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Health and Safety

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Health Screening Required-Staff

Reservations Required

CDC Recommended Cleaning Procedures

Hand Wash/Sanitizer Stations

Mobile Payments Accepted

Reduced Occupancy/Occupancy Limits

No Contact Services

Wheelchair Accessible

Complimentary Policy1 comp per 15 guests (for tour operators)

Motorcoach ParkingOff-site

Group Policy

Separate Group Entrance

Average Visit/Tour Length3 hours

Team Building Activities Offered

Minimum Group Number15

Group Discounts Available

Virtual Tour

Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate15

Miles from O'Hare Airport18.0

Miles from Midway Airport10.0

Miles from Navy Pier2.5

Miles from McCormick Place2.0

Miles from Downtown




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Student Group Friendly

Special Interest Tours Offered

Public Space Wi-Fi Available

Restaurant(s) On-site

ATM Machine On-site

ADA Compliant

Public Space Wi-Fi COMP or FeeComplimentary

Self-Parking AvailableOff-site

Food On-siteFood Court & Restaurant

Number of Retail Stores2

Number of Restaurants On-site2

Hours of Operation9 a.m.-5 p.m. Labor Day to Memorial Day; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day, weekends, holidays; closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day


Military Discount

Buy-out Max Capacity1600

Number of Meeting Rooms

Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing)1200

Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated)650

Exhibit Space Available

On-Site Catering

On-site Audio/Visual Equipment

In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s)

Complete Buy-out Available

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing)1600

Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated)650

Exclusive Audio/Visual Provider(s)

Max Venue Capacity1600

Private Meeting Space Available



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