Plan a Visit
Museum Campus Happenings
Everything that defines Chicago—world-class museums, vast expanses of public parkland, sports, a dazzling skyline and that big, big lake—can be found on 57 acres called the Museum Campus. After a Shedd visit, check out more things to see and do.
Chicago CityPASS includes admission to all three Museum Campus attractions: Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium. But there's more! CityPASS includes other Chicago favorites: Skydeck Chicago and a choice between the John Hancock Observatory OR the Museum of Science and Industry—all for 50 percent off. Buy yours now.
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Destination Solar System is a live show that takes adventurous space explorers on an immersive tour of the solar system. Set in the future, Destination Solar System flies audiences from one end of the solar system to the other in under 30 minutes! From sizzling solar flares on the sun to liquid methane lakes on Saturn's moon Titan, tours to the hottest hot spots and the coldest, stormiest and most spectacular sites in the solar system will launch daily from Adler's Grainger Sky Theater beginning May 16. Find out more on the Adler Planetarium's website.
The World’s Columbian Exposition was a glittering showcase of architecture, culture, technology and peoples from around the world. Now, 120 years later, in Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair (through Sept. 7, 2014), the Field Museum is opening its collections to display incredible artifacts and specimens that will bring to life one of the most spectacular occasions in the Windy City’s history. Get the details at fieldmuseum.org.
Experience more than the parking garage—take a short walk west on McFetridge Drive to check out the Doughboy Statue and Veteran’s Memorial water wall.
Stroll under Lake Shore Drive and into Grant Park, with spectacular gardens and the world-famous Buckingham Fountain.
The Chicago Region Birding Trail
Twice a year, Chicago is a major rest-and-refuel stop for millions of migrating birds. Many migratory species also make Chicago their summer home, where they raise their families. The Chicago-region birding trail (PDF) runs through the Museum Campus, including Grant Park and Northerly Island. So bring your binoculars when you visit. You might also add to your life list around Shedd’s native gardens.
Water Taxis and Sightseeing Boats
Take a different approach to Shedd—take a water taxi! Shoreline Sightseeing water taxis run between Navy Pier and the Museum Campus dock, at lake level on the north side of Shedd.