Shedd Aquarium online ticket sales are sold out for today, September 23!
We have reached capacity for today, we apologize for the inconvenience! Please plan your visit for a future date.
Welcome to Shedd Aquarium! We can't wait for you to meet 32,000 amazing animals and explore the world’s oceans, rivers and reefs — right in the heart of Chicago.
The best Shedd visit begins online, not in line. We offer three easy ways to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid a long wait:
Other ticket packages are available on site. Quantities are limited and may sell out.
Please note, areas of the aquarium may be closed for a portion or all of any given day without prior notice. Please contact us if you have questions about exhibit availability.
Fall (Now - June 11)Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Summer (June 11 - Aug 20)All days: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Special Hours:Saturday, Sept. 30 - Early close at 5:30 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 4 - Early close at 3 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 2 - Early close at 4 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 23 - Early close at 4 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 24 - Early close at 4 p.m.
*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.
Adult: 12+ yearsChild: 3-11 yearsInfant (free admission): 2 years and under
Walk, drive, or take the bus—let’s find the best route for you.
Check our calendar so you don't miss exciting upcoming programs and events.
Carribean Reef Dive: 10:30 a.m. | 12 p.m.| 2 p.m. | 3 p.m. | Carribean Reef
Shark Chat: 9:45 a.m. | 11:15 a.m. | 3:45 p.m. | Wild Reef
Belugas and Sea Lions Chat: 11 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. | 3 p.m. | Abbott Oceanarium
Penguins Chat: 9:45 a.m. | 12:45 p.m. | 4 p.m. | Polar Play Zone
Aquatic Presentation and 4-D Experiences: Occuring throughout the day
See the full listing of today's animal experiences!
Give your school or community group an unforgettable experience. Plan your field trip today!
You’ll find ways to save, along with other offers here.
Make the most of your trip with our tips for a great visit!
Help us keep Shedd safe for our guests and animals — review our policies before you arrive.
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Located in our historic rotunda, this 90,000-gallon habitat has been thrilling guests since 1971. Learn more.
Experience the Amazon’s yearly floods and meet some of the mighty river’s diverse residents. Learn more.
Discover amazing animals from oceans, rivers, lakes and wetlands around the world in Shedd’s original galleries. Learn more.
Find out more about life along the Great Lakes, and touch a sturgeon, a living fossil. Learn more.
Dive deep into the magical coral reefs of the Philippines and get within inches of sharks and rays! Learn more.
Take an unforgettable stroll through the Abbott Oceanarium, where you’ll encounter dolphins, belugas, sea otters, sea lions and more. Learn more.
Play! Splash! Pretend! Join the fun in this exhibit created especially for families with kids 2 to 7 years old. Learn more.