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Shedd Aquarium Chicago: Underwater Exhibits and Aquatic Performances

Dive into family fun under the sea at the world's largest aquarium in downtown Chicago. Located on Museum Campus, Shedd Aquarium is home to over 19,000 aquatic creatures from around the world. Explore amazing galleries and cool ocean exhibits including Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, and the children's Polar Play Zone. Watch giant sharks and stingrays swim through iridescent corals in the Wild Reef. Discover beluga whales, sea otters, and sea lions at the Oceanarium, and witness the dolphins dance at the beloved Aquatic Show. Save time for a 4D movie about sharks and predators in the deep blue for a must-see viewing experience.


Prices -  Adult: $39.95; Children (3-11): $29.95; Chicago Residents: Adult $19.95, Children (3-11): $14.95

Hours -

Oct. 1 - June 2019: Weekdays: 9 am to 5 pm; Weekends: 9 am to 6 pm
Summer (June - Aug 2019): All days: 9 am to 6 pm


  • Calm Waters
  • Asleep with the Fishes
  • Holiday Breakfast at Shedd


  • Exhibits
  • Aquatic Presentations
  • 4D Theater
  • Dining
  • Gift Shop
  • Tours


  • How much is parking at Shedd Aquarium?

    Shedd Aquarium offers valet parking for its guests most weekends for $26 per vehicle at the guest drop-off area on the south side of the aquarium off Solidarity Drive. Prices at the garages and lots around the Museum Campus vary. On event days or game days, prices go up. You can reserve a spot using apps like SpotHero for discounts up to 50% off.
  • How far is Navy Pier from Shedd Aquarium?

    Getting around downtown Chicago is easy. It is approximately a 9-minute drive (2 miles) from Shedd Aquarium to Navy Pier via Lake Shore Drive. For a fun way getting there, visitors can hop on the water taxi and enjoy the great river views or endure a leisurely 40-minute walk along the coast.

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