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Shedd Aquarium
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  • Service unavailable Takeout
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  • Service available Patio


1200 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr., Chicago IL 60605

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Here, there and everywhere, Shedd Aquarium’s mission is to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. From whales to snails, tarantulas to turtles, look nature in the eye as you meet 32,000 animals from aquatic habitats around the world.

Take a walk through a flooded forest in Amazon Rising and marvel at sharks swimming overhead in Wild Reef. Explore Shedd’s Abbott Oceanarium, where you can get face to face with beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea otters, sea lions and rockhopper and Magellanic penguins. Stop at Polar Play Zone where kids and their families can play, pretend and discover through hands-on activities.

Be amazed by the dolphins’ 20-foot jumps, the belugas’ incredible sounds and more at an animal spotlight. Dip your hand into the water to feel the armored lake sturgeon or the slippery back of a sea star. Meet a penguin or a sea otter during an unforgettable Extraordinary Experience or go behind the scenes during a Must See Tour or Shark Feeding Tour. Sit on our breezy terrace with the best view of the Chicago skyline as you enjoy delicious food and drinks from Bubble Net Food Court or Soundings Café.

Shedd Aquarium is more than just a destination for nearly 2 million annual visitors, but we’re protecting endangered species, conducting research, rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife in need across the globe, educating youth, partnering with communities and restoring habitats in our own backyards to ensure our blue planet thrives. We can hardly wait for you to explore the world’s oceans, lakes, rivers and reefs — all in the heart of Chicago!

Health and Safety

Health & Safety Policy URLView Policy

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

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

Reservation Cancellation Policy

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, Theater Style1000

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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Shedd Aquarium Building ExteriorBeluga WhaleKelp ForestOctopus 2020Dolphins 2020Fish 2020Sea Turtle NickleLuna sea otterEdward and Annie rockhopper penguinsZebra sharkBuilding, lake and skyline

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