Shedd Aquarium

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  • 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.
  • Where’s Wellington? Meet the rockhopper and Magellanic penguins on Lower Level 2 of the Abbot Oceanarium.


Museum Campus Chicago
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
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Hours vary by day and season; check hours here when planning your visit.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

(312) 939-2438


$2 off a Virtual Reality Experience: Regular cost: $9. Cost for CityPASS guests: $7.

Penguin Encounter: Shedd's most popular experience is offered Fri-Sun (7 days a week in the summer). Reservations are strongly required as Penguin Encounters sell out months in advance. Call (312) 692-3355 to check availability and make reservations. Cost for CityPASS guests: $94.95.

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase of $50 or more at the Shedd Store.

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). Reservations are recommended. Call (312) 692-2723 to check availability and make reservations. Cost for CityPASS guests: $20.

Advice for Visitors


  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.


  • Dining: Bubble Net Food Court is operating with limited hours. See the latest updates. Any food or drink you bring or purchase must be consumed in designated dining areas.
  • Gift Shops: Shedd Store - Find plushes, books, apparel and more, including a range of sustainable items—there's something for everyone at our Shedd Store.

Visitor Safety:

  • Shedd Aquarium has safety protocols in place to ensure a safe environment for its guests and staff; learn more on the Aquarium's website.

Best time to visit: Monday through Thursday and mornings before 11am are least crowded. Be sure to reserve your visit date and time in advance.

Accessibility: Find accessibility information here. For guests who require sensory support, Shedd Aquarium has a sensory-friendly app; find details here.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions. Valet Parking is available most weekends.

Groups: Advance reservations are required. Group size is currently limited in accordance with Chicago regulations. See latest updates.