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

Space is mind-blowingly awesome: Explore it at the Adler Planetarium. Follow Apollo 13 Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr. to the moon and back in Mission Moon. In the interactive Community Design Lab, hands-on activities challenge visitors to think about science—and the Adler—in new ways. In the new temporary exhibit, What Is a Planet?, learn how new approaches and perspectives in science can change how we define worlds near and far. Explore the largest of Pluto's neighbors in the Kuiper belt, and hunt for a new ninth planet in the Adler's newest sky show, Planet Nine, opening May 28.

The Field Museum

Stand among larger-than-life warriors in the Field Museum's newest exhibition, China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors. Tasked to guard Qin Shihuangdi's tomb for eternity, archers, infantrymen and armored officers hold watch over a striking underground model of China's first empire. Explore the life of the ruler who vanquished his rivals, unified China's many warring states, constructed the first Great Wall, built roads throughout his vast territory and standardized China's script, currency, weights and measures. Learn about his desire to reign over the universe and his obsession with immortality. His fierce warriors are so revered that the Field Museum is the only place in North America that they can be seen this year. 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!