Around Town

Chicago is a beautiful city to visit, and we want to help your stay be the best possible. View our suggestions for hotels and restaurants in the area, and take a look at nearby attractions:

Museum Campus

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

Explore the universe with the Adler Planetarium. Look inside the historic Gemini 12 spacecraft and experience America’s first steps to space through the eyes of Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr. and his family in Mission Moon. A variety of fall activities starts with the Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party on Sunday, Sept. 27. This rare celestial event marks the fourth and last total lunar eclipse visible from Chicago in the 2014-1015 lunar eclipse tetrad. Adler will have telescopes available along with special lectures by staff astronomers, a lunar sky show and more. Then take an interplanetary stroll through the city with Planets on the Path, a scale model of the solar system that spans the full length of Chicago’s lakefront. Don't forget to start your weekend early every third Thursday of the month at Adler's themed 21+ event, Adler After Dark. All tickets include admission to the museum, access to all scheduled sky shows and an opportunity to peek through the Doane Observatory.

The Field Museum

Take an exceptional journey through 5,000 years of Greek history and culture in the Field Museum’s latest exhibition, The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great. Now through April 10, encounter Mycenaean rulers and priestesses, warriors and princesses of Archaic Greece, and heroes and athletes of Classical Athens and Sparta. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition features more than 500 priceless treasures—many of which never have been displayed outside of Greece—from 21 Greek museums. Discover how the ancient Greeks saw themselves, their society and their gods. Explore pivotal moments that led to the birth of Western democracy, philosophy and theater, and learn how Greek culture continues to shape the modern arts, science, medicine and sports. Get the details at

Soldier Field

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. 

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Formerly known as “Charter One Pavilion”, this seasonal concert hall is one of the city’s newest spots to catch an outdoor concert. Though it may be intimate in size (it seats only 8,000), the atmosphere and skyline views are anything but small.

Grant Park

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.

Special Chicago Offers

Check out the Chicago CityPASS and Go Chicago Card for special multi-venue discounts.

Participate in Research Study, Visit Shedd for free

Want to take part in a research study with Shedd and visit for free? Get the details!