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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. We have officially reopened to the public, and we have stringent measures in place to create a safe and enriching experience. 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. Shedd Aquarium has developed a phased approach to reopening that includes new protocols such as highly limited admission capacity, safe social distancing and increased air filtration, cleaning and sanitation measures throughout the 276,000 square feet of public space at the aquarium. New visitation requirements will also allow guests to safely stretch their wings and visit animals from green-winged macaws to red-bellied piranhas. Full operational adjustments and know-before-you-go information is available at our website.

Among those include: •New, separate entrance and exit points •Limited hourly building capacity •Timed-admission to maintain an even flow of guests throughout the day •Required face coverings (ages 2+) •Social distancing of at least 6 feet required •Circulation paths to encourage one-directional flow •Additional handwashing and sanitization stations •Expanded sanitization and cleaning regimen, including frequently scheduled cleaning on high-touch surfaces and deep cleanings every night •Physical barriers installed in places where social distancing cannot be maintained •Temporarily pausing experiences such as aquatic presentations to reduce large gatherings and groups.

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!

Health and Safety

Health & Safety Policy URL View Policy

Health Screening Required-Staff

Masks Required-Guest

Masks Required-Staff

Reservations Required

CDC Recommended Cleaning Procedures

Hand Wash/Sanitizer Stations

Mobile Payments Accepted

Social Distancing Guidelines Enforced

Limited Elevator Occupancy

Reduced Occupancy/Occupancy Limits

No Contact Services

Wheelchair Accessible

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

Motorcoach Parking Off-site

Group Policy

Separate Group Entrance

Average Visit/Tour Length 3 hours

Team Building Activities Offered

Minimum Group Number 15

Group Discounts Available

Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate 15

Miles from O'Hare Airport 18.0

Miles from Midway Airport 10.0

Miles from Navy Pier 2.5

Miles from McCormick Place 2.0

Miles from Downtown




American Express




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 Fee Complimentary

Self-Parking Available Off-site

Food On-site Food Court & Restaurant

Number of Retail Stores 2

Number of Restaurants On-site 2

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


Military Discount

Buy-out Max Capacity 1600

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 Capacity 1600

Private Meeting Space Available



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