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Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago
IL
60605
Tel: 312-939-2438

Directions

From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 18th Street.

Where are we going today?

Who's ready to explore underneath the ocean! No, you don't have to get wet we promise. You just need to go to Shedd Aquarium!

Shedd Aquarium gives families just like you a great way to explore underneath our oceans, without having to leave Chicago!

You don't need to head out onto the ocean to sail across the ocean on a whale-watching cruise. You don't even have to strap on that diving mask to get right up close to a shark. Perhaps you have always wanted to encounter a sea turtle in the Caribbean? You can do it all at Shedd Aquarium!

Shedd Aquarium has a number of exhibits that you can explore, each with a different theme, and something new to learn!

How about heading deep into the Amazon, with Amazon Rising? Did you know that all of the people, plants and animals live lives that are determined by the yearly floods? Where people stand in dry season, the fish swim in wet season!

Don't forget to look out for those snappy piranhas! 

From the Amazon to the Caribbean, kids will love explore the 360 degree tour of the underwater reef community, where you might even spot a moray eel peeking out the rock crevices! 

Ever wanted to take a trip around the world? You can at Shedd Aquarium with the Waters of the World exhibit - that takes you around the globe in 80 habitats! Explore the rivers of Asia, the flooded forests of South America, to the lakes of Africa...

Leave that diving gear at home, because you don't need it at this family Chicago attraction - because they have brought the ocean to you! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$37.95 (total experience online ticket)
  • Children$28.95 (total experience online ticket) Ages 3 to 11)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 6pm. 5pm close weekdays in winter

All year round

Teachers corner

There is plenty of educational fun to be had. Explore the world of water, and make discoveries! Give them a call about taking a field trip out to the aquarium - they will love to have you! .

I'm Hungry!

Get those rumbling tummies to Soundings Cafe, The Bubble Net (family friendly menus) and The Deep Ocean Cafe where there is plenty of food options to enjoy!.

Healthy Eating!

The Bubble Net offers healthy options and vegetarian. Yum yum!.

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you visit the aquatic show and the 4d experience - they are great fun! .

Doing our bit

They love taking care of the planet! Through worldwide collaborations, hands-on programs, “green” practices and downright persistence, Shedd is working at conservation every day. You can too! .

Need a little extra help?

Shedd Aquarium is fully accessible and wheelchairs can be rented There are also tours available for visitors with difficulty of hearing of low vision.

Can I get one of those?

The souvenir store not only has cool, fun and educational toys and games, but all proceeds go to support Shedd's non-profit mission..

More information

Tickets can be cheaper online so make sure you check!.

What people are saying?

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    Have you seen the Jellies yet?!? GO NOW! It ends in 2015!!
    I am not one who goes out of the way to see aquatic species, but the Jellies exhibit is a mind-blowing experience. There's always a line to get in the Shedd, and there will likely be a like for the Jellies, but go with a friend and you chat the time away. You do NOT want to miss this exhibit just because it meant waiting a total of 30-45 minutes.
    The exhibit is well executed, in a small, intimate area with a lower ceiling (average height, as it were) that sets the tone for awe and wonder...Read More

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    Came here a couple of times as a kid, but recently attended one of their late night exhibitions, where adults come and have fun. The experience was of course much more enjoyable without tons of tourists ogling every square inch of the place. But, even if you can't come late at night, don't miss it! It's one of the best aquariums in the nation for a reason, you'll definitely feel that you got your money's worth.

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    I typically come here once a year during the summer when they have their Jazzin' at the Shedd events which occurs on Wednesdays. Not all the exhibits are included but it's not overly crowded so you can get a great experience and take your time visiting the tanks. Plus, live jazz music + being able to explore the Shedd with a beverage in hand is kinda cool. Also, huge plus that you get a nice view of the fireworks at Navy Pier. I recommend bringing a blanket so you can lay down on the grass and just enjoy the fireworks and the breathtaking view...Read More

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    You can't come to Chicago and not come here. Even as an adult, I can never miss the chance to see the wonder. I love this place. ♡

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    Had a great time at the Shedd! Went on one of the Illinois Resident Days but definitely had to upgrade and pay for a ticket to see the good stuff. The aquatic show was great! Absolutley loved the sea lion, he stole the show! I also really like the Polar Play Zone, which may be for kids but it was a great under water viewing of my favorite animals and I touched a star fish. The sting ray exhibit was really cool. I really enjoyed touching them, so cool! We also saw the 4-D sea monsters movie which was fun. The rest of the exhibits were nice but not...Read More

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by B Hutchison

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Have you seen the Jellies yet?!? GO NOW! It ends in 2015!!
I am not one who goes out of the way to see aquatic species, but the Jellies exhibit is a mind-blowing experience. There's always a line to get in the Shedd, and there will likely be a like for the Jellies, but go with a friend and you chat the time away. You do NOT want to miss this exhibit just because it meant waiting a total of 30-45 minutes.
The exhibit is well executed, in a small, intimate area with a lower ceiling (average height, as it were) that sets the tone for awe and wonder that the jellyfish instill. The colored light in each tank contrasts perfectly with the jellyfish inside, bring to mind colors you might see in an Andy Warhol exhibit.
There is such a variety in size - some that are teeny-tiny, others that are just small, and there is a sculpture hanging from the ceiling to show just how huge jellyfish can be!
Don't let the price scare you off - it's definitely worth it, and the Shedd offers discount days. Take advantage!

by Thongsy Singvongsa

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I typically come here once a year during the summer when they have their Jazzin' at the Shedd events which occurs on Wednesdays. Not all the exhibits are included but it's not overly crowded so you can get a great experience and take your time visiting the tanks. Plus, live jazz music + being able to explore the Shedd with a beverage in hand is kinda cool. Also, huge plus that you get a nice view of the fireworks at Navy Pier. I recommend bringing a blanket so you can lay down on the grass and just enjoy the fireworks and the breathtaking view of the city.

by Kimberly Geraci

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Had a great time at the Shedd! Went on one of the Illinois Resident Days but definitely had to upgrade and pay for a ticket to see the good stuff. The aquatic show was great! Absolutley loved the sea lion, he stole the show! I also really like the Polar Play Zone, which may be for kids but it was a great under water viewing of my favorite animals and I touched a star fish. The sting ray exhibit was really cool. I really enjoyed touching them, so cool! We also saw the 4-D sea monsters movie which was fun. The rest of the exhibits were nice but not extraordinary.

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