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. Discover some of the world’s oldest and most unique telescopes in Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass. Crawl, climb and fly through Planet Explorers, a modern-day space adventure for kids and families. Take a fast-paced tour of your cosmic backyard in Destination Solar System. 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, opening April 11. And starting in May, 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.

The Field Museum

Sail the wild seas with Vikings — virtually excavate a boat grave, try your hand at a game that entertained families hundreds of years ago, marvel at ancient armor and artifacts, and see if you’re up to lifting a Viking’s sword. Were the Vikings seafaring invaders and plunderers? Or were they also innovative explorers, traders and craftsmen? Then transport yourself back millions of years to walk among Mammoths and Mastodons: Feel the steely glare of a saber-toothed cat, discover cave drawings and touch the mastodon’s gigantic teeth in an exhibition so fascinating it has returned to the Field Museum by popular demand! Get the details at fieldmuseum.org

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!