Shedd Aquarium

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1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago IL 60605

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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 presentation, starring the dolphins, belugas and more, and don’t miss our special exhibit, Underwater Beauty. 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.

Facility Amenities


Private Meeting Space Available

Max Venue Capacity 1600

Exclusive Audio/Visual Provider(s)

Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated) 650

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing) 1600

Complete Buy-out Available

In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s)

On-site Audio/Visual Equipment

On-Site Catering

Exhibit Space Available

Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated) 650

Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing) 1200

Number of Meeting Rooms

Buy-out Max Capacity 1600

Military Discount


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 Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Number of Restaurants On-site 2

Number of Retail Stores 2

ADA Compliant

ATM Machine On-site

Restaurant(s) On-site

Public Space Wi-Fi Available

Special Interest Tours Offered

Student Group Friendly




American Express




Miles from Downtown

Miles from McCormick Place 2.0

Miles from Navy Pier 2.5

Miles from Midway Airport 10.0

Miles from O'Hare Airport 18.0

Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate 15

Group Discounts Available

Minimum Group Number 15

Team Building Activities Offered

Average Visit/Tour Length 3 hours

Separate Group Entrance

Group Policy

Complimentary Policy 1 comp per 15 guests (for tour operators)

Wheelchair Accessible


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