Experiences

We don’t want you to just see everything that Shedd has to offer—we want you to touch, feel and learn, too! Our guests can take in the aquatic show, learn from Shedd’s experts, or even feel a penguin’s slick feathers. At Shedd, anything’s possible!

How do you want to experience Shedd?

Aquatic Show

Dolphins JumpingSee and hear how animals like beluga whales, sea lions and dolphins at Shedd are cared for every day by their trainers. Then see how the Shedd way of training highlights their incredible natural behaviors.

4-D Experience

Dad and Daughter 4DTease your senses at Shedd’s 4-D Experience, where anything can happen. Get so close to the action that you want to reach out and touch it

Stingray Touch

Stingray Up CloseDiscover the unique texture and movement of a school of stingrays as these fishes glide through the water in their custom-designed, outdoor environment.*

*This experience is seasonal May - October. 

Extraordinary Experiences

Shark in the LightAre you looking for a Shedd experience that’s a little more special, more personal, more in-depth? Whether it’s a guided tour behind the scenes or a fabulous sustainable seafood dinner, we’ve got experiences you’ll never forget.

Overnights

Boy on OvernightGrab your pajamas and sleeping bag, and join us for a nighttime aquatic adventure with your favorite Shedd animals.

Travel with Shedd

Toucan on BranchTravel the world with Shedd Aquarium! Our custom-designed Shedd Adventures cater to your love of nature and the outdoors, your curiosity about wildlife and wild places, and your quest for a meaningful travel experience.

Learning Experiences

Girl ColoringShedd’s educators are learning innovators, constantly developing engaging ways to connect you to the living world, inspiring you to make a difference. Let’s get started!

Jazzin' at the Shedd

Fireworks Over LakeHear some of the finest jazz musicians in the city, from bebop to funk, while enjoying beverages, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. Learn more