Member Perks

Exclusively for members

Your membership unlocks hidden adventures and opportunities for you to engage with Shedd. From our special members events, to our exclusive members-only communications, we bring you the inside scoop because your dollars support the work that we do within our walls and around the world. Learn more about what a Shedd membership has in store for you!

Just for members, receive 10% off in our online store with the promo code TREEFROG.

Member Events

July 27 - 100 Days of Success, 9:30 a.m. – Help us celebrate the first 100 days of Kukdlaa! Hear about the calf’s first 100 days during this members-only trainer chat. Check in at the membership desk and join us for the chat in Bubble Net food court.

July 30 - Finding Dory Scavenger Hunt, all day - Swim over to Shedd to learn more about your favorite species from Finding Dory. Grab a member-exclusive scavenger hunt on your way in and explore the galleries to find some familiar faces… and fins!

August 10 - Jazzin Science Pub with Jack Gilbert, 7 p.m. - Invisible Influence: The microbiome in human and animal health 

August 13 - A member exclusive look at the Great Lakes Gallery, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - The gallery will be closed to the general public and members will be treated to information from experts regarding animals in the Great Lakes Gallery.

August 17 - Jazzin Science Pub with Chuck Knapp, Ph.D., vice president, conservation and research, 7 p.m. - Before Chuck leads another expedition to the Bahamas to study endangered iguanas, he’ll discuss how the data that he and his teams of citizen scientists have collected over 21 years have been applied to conserving these large, colorful lizards.

August 17 - Science Pub Pre-Reception, 6 p.m. – Meet and mingle with the night’s Science Pub Scientist during Jazzin’! Science Pub to follow at 7 p.m.

August 20 - A member exclusive look at the Oceans Gallery, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. – The gallery will be closed to the general public and members will be treated to information from experts regarding animals in the Oceans Gallery.

August 24 - Aquarium Council Operation Tour and Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. - For Aquarium Council members and above: Tour Shedd's operations and join us for breakfast!

August 27 - Back to School Terrace Event, 9 a.m. – Advocate and above members are invited to join us on the terrace to enjoy the end of summer

September 5 - Pop-up Reception, 11:00 a.m. - Advocate level members and above: Join us after the 10:30 a.m. Aquatic Show for a special member event beyond the crowds during a busy day at Shedd! Check in at the Membership Desk.

September 14 - Jazzin Science Pub Dr. Bill Van Bonn, vice president, animal health, 7 p.m. - The always-engaging Dr. Bill will take you on a photo tour of Shedd’s brand-new aquatic microbial ecology laboratory. Aquarium Council dinner to follow.

September 22 - Aquarium Council Lunch and Tour, 11:30 a.m. - Aquarium Council members and above: Tour Shedd's award winning organic gardens and 86 year old national historic landmark facility with Shedd experts!

September 24 - Sea Otter Awareness Terrace Event, 9:00 a.m. - Advocate level members and above: Join us in celebrating the conclusion of Sea Otter Awareness week on our North Terrace!

October 1 - Member Appreciation Event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month – check back for more details

October 3 - Aquarium Council rescue and rehabilitation event – details TBD

October 8 - Member Morning Coffee, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Join us for light refreshments and coffee in the Bubble Net food court.

October 15 - Special Member Event, 9:00 a.m. - Advocate level members and above: Join us for a special event! Check in at the Membership Desk for more details.

October 29 - Member Morning Coffee with a Halloween Twist, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Join us in the Bubble Net food court for light refreshments, coffee and a kids costume parade!

November 18 - Member Holiday Event, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Save the Date for our Member Holiday Event! Check back soon for more details.

Members communications

First Look!: Your exclusive inside scoop on a variety of animal stories and programs.
E-news: Monthly highlights of what's happening at Shedd.