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 52 percent off. Buy yours now.
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
This summer take a journey of discovery as the world's most technologically advanced dome theater transforms into a virtual observatory in the live show, Cosmic Wonder, opening May 17 at Adler Planetarium. Experience the night sky—and the universe—like never before in the most immersive space environment ever created. The Crab Nebula appears close enough to touch; the constellation Orion is revealed as a hotbed of active star formation; and a Hubble Extreme Deep Field image envelopes you in 5,500 galaxies. 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. In Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence (through Jan. 5, 2014) explore the world of the extraordinary light-producing organisms of our planet. From glowing mushrooms of the North American woodlands to vampire squid of the deep, dark ocean, learn about the variety of ways creatures use light in order to survive. 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.