Save 51% 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
Winter: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun & Holidays, 9am-6pm
Summer: Open daily, 9am-6pm
Closed Christmas Day.
Please call ahead to verify hours.
4-D Experience: CityPASS includes your choice of a 4-D Experience, subject to availability; see details.
Penguin Encounter: Shedd's most popular experience 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: $77.36. 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 7 or older. Guests ages 7-15 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.
Advice for Visitors
- Check out daily dives, feedings, animal chats, and presentations schedules; see details.
- For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
- The aquatic presentations are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can sell out. Upon arrival, we suggest going directly to the kiosks in the North Lobby in front of Soundings Café to reserve your seats.
- While CityPASS guests can enter through the Will Call line or other priority entrance, there may be wait times on peak days (such as some weekends, holidays, summer, Illinois Resident Free Days).
- 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 early for the best selection of show times for the aquatic presentation, which often sells out on busy days.
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.