John G. Shedd Aquarium

Chicago, Ill.


1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Ill. 60605
(312) 939-2438
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and holidays. Closed Christmas day. Check website for extended summer hours.
Admission: General Admission (original galleries only): $8, $6 kids. Total Experience pass: $39.95, $30.95 kids.

Visitors can explore the ever-changing world of amphibians in the aquarium's new special exhibit. Guests can also discover the dolphins and whales in the Oceanarium and get a view from below after watching the aquatic show. In the Polar Play Zone, kids can get a diver's eye view of all kinds of sea creatures, including otters, dolphins and beluga whales, plus they can touch a live sea star. Sharks swim around visitors and stingrays swim below their feet in Wild Reef. For an extra fee, take a behind-the-scenes tour, become an animal trainer for a day, or get up-close to the penguins or beluga whales. Food is available at the aquarium's restaurants, or bring your own. Public, paid parking lots are located nearby on the museum campus or take public transportation. Shedd offers discount days for Illinois residents, but avoid the long lines by purchasing tickets online in advance. Be prepared for crowds in the exhibits on free days.

Upcoming Events

Spooky Seas

October 16, 2015 - October 17, 2015

Ongoing events


May 16, 2015 - December 31, 2015

Stingray Touch

May 16, 2015 - October 31, 2015

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