Gift Ideas

Looking for the perfect gift? At Shedd Aquarium, we have something for everyone!

Adopt-an-Animal Program

When you symbolically adopt an animal at Shedd, you support the aquarium's mission and top-quality animal care. Choose your favorite animal and then select from three different donation levels to help support Shedd! A portion of your contribution is tax-deductible.



Adopt-a-Penguin
Adopt-a-Dolphin
Adopt-a-Beluga

$25 donation
• Photo of the symbolically-adopted animal
• Information about the species
• Certificate of your support
• Special pin
$50 donation*
• Animal plush in gift packaging
• Photo of the symbolically-adopted animal
• Information about the species
• Certificate of your support
• Special pin
$75 donation*
• Large animal plush in gift packaging
• Photo of the symbolically-adopted animal
• Information about the species
• Certificate of your support
• Special pin

*Shipping and handling will be included at the time of purchase.


Gift Membership

Give a gift that lasts all year: a Shedd Aquarium membership! Share everything that you enjoy—free admission, live animal encounters, exclusive members events, discounts and, of course, 32,500 amazing animals—with your family and friends.

Purchase a gift membership online.


Extraordinary Experiences

Give the unforgettable gift of a Beluga Encounter, Penguin Encounter, Behind-the-Scenes Tour or Trainer for a Day experience. Visit the Extraordinary Experiences page for more information. 


Online Gift Shop

Find great aquatic-themed gifts for everyone in your family. We have everything - from collectible ornaments and home décor items for adults, to plush animals and air swimmers for kids.

Check out the array online in Shedd's online store!




VIP Tickets to Shedd Aquarium

Treat your friends and family like VIPs and give them express entry tickets to Shedd this holiday season. A family four-pack of VIP tickets includes express entry into the aquarium, tickets to the aquatic show and access to the general aquarium galleries, the Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Wild Reef, and Jellies.

To purchase a four-pack of VIP tickets for $124, call 312-692-3373.


Chicago CityPASS

Give the gift of Chicago's top attractions! Save 46% off Chicago’s 5 best attractions, plus skip lines. Chicago CityPASS includes immediate VIP entry to Shedd Aquarium, including Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, the Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Wild Reef, Shedd's daily aquatic shows, Jellies, and a special FX 4-D Experience (ticket value $37.50). Also, admission to The Field Museum, Skydeck Chicago, Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute of Chicago, and John Hancock Observatory OR Museum of Science and Industry. Valid 9-days.

Purchase a CityPASS today.

Travel with Shedd Adventures

Our new, immersive travel programs cater to your love of nature and curiosity about wildlife. Dive in to see what you can explore with Shedd's experts!

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