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Shedd Aquarium

Save 53% on VIP admission to the top 5 Chicago attractions with CityPASS.


  • Travel the world in 80 habitats and see some of the world’s most fascinating animals in Waters of the World.
  • Learn about the yearly flood cycle of the mighty Amazon and see piranhas, tarantulas, stingrays, monkeys and an anaconda in Amazon Rising.
  • Splash into a coral reef in the Philippines and get a diver’s-eye view of a diverse marine metropolis in the award-winning Wild Reef, home to more sharks, stingrays and live coral than any other exhibit at Shedd.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant coastal ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest and encounter beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions and sea otters in the Abbot Oceanarium.
  • Watch your kids as they try out life as a sleek sliding penguin or a deep-sea submarine explorer in Polar Play Zone.


Museum Campus Chicago
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
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Winter: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun & Holidays, 9am-6pm
Summer (Jun 12, 2016-Labor Day): Open daily, 9am-6pm
Closed Christmas Day
Please call ahead to verify hours.

(312) 939-2438


4D Experience: CityPASS includes your choice of a 4D Experience, subject to availability; see details.

Penguin Encounter: The Shedd's most popular Extraordinary Experience, the Penguin Encounter is offered Fri-Sun (7 days a week in the summer). Children must be at least 6 years old, and children 6 to 11 must be accompanied by a paying guardian. One chaperone is required for each 6-year-old. Reservations are strongly required as Penguin Encounters sell out months in advance. Cost for CityPASS holders: $40. Call (312) 692-3355 to check availability and make reservations.

Behind-the-Scenes-Tour: See Shedd from the perspective of our animal care staff during a 50-minute guided behind-the-scenes tour. Available Fri-Sun (7 days a week in the summer). Children must be age 10 or older. Guests ages 10-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 or older). Reservations are recommended. Cost for CityPASS holders: $20. Call (312) 692-2723 to check availability and make reservations.

Discount: 10% off a purchase of $25 or more in the Shedd Aquarium Gift Stores and 10% off any entry photo package purchase; see booklet for details.

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Advice for Visitors


  • Check out daily dives, feedings, animal chats, and presentations schedules; see details.


  • Dining: Soundings Café, Bubble Net, Deep Ocean Café
  • Gift Shops: Shedd Aquarium Gift Shops

Best time to visit: Wednesday through Friday and mornings before 11am are least crowded. Arrive earlyfor the best selection of show times for the Aquatic Presentation, which often sells out on busy days.

Accessibility: Accessible entrance is on the ground level, SW side of the Aquarium. Wheelchairs available for checkout.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Keep booklets together and present to a Shedd representative. Group leader will be directed to priority entrance location to check in the entire group.