Asleep with the Fishes

Spring into a new season with a sleepover at Shedd! At our Asleep with the Fishes overnights, you'll spend the night exploring the aquarium to learn about animals through a scavenger hunt, an aquatic presentation and our Amphibians special exhibit. Stay the night to sleep next to the fishes, or head home after the evening's activities. Whether you're with a group or want to attend an overnight with your family, find your adventure here. Ticket options include:

Regular: $75/person ($60/member)
Reserve your spot and pack your sleeping bag, jammies and toothbrush. Purchase regular tickets here.

VIP (Caribbean Reef): $90/person ($75/member)
VIPs can bring an air mattress, receive VIP seating at the aquatic presentation and enjoy other perks. Purchase Caribbean Reef VIP tickets here.

VIP (Wild Reef): $100/person ($85/member)
VIPs can bring an air mattress, receive VIP seating at the aquatic presentation and enjoy other perks. Wild Reef VIPs will spend the night next to Shedd's sharks, stingrays and more! Purchase Wild Reef VIP tickets here.

Evening only: $40/person ($20/member)
Join our special activities without staying the night. Purchase evening-only tickets here.

Questions? Check out our Overnight FAQs here!

More than 10 people in your group? Call our group reservations team at 312-692-3333.

Who can attend?

Overnights are for kids 5 and older. Most activities are geared toward 5- to 12-year-olds. If you are attending the overnight as a family, all children must be accompanied by an adult. If you are attending as a group, one adult needs to accompany every five children.

What will we do?

Guests are free to explore any of the open exhibit spaces. We also have scheduled events and activities throughout the night, including an obstacle course, scavenger hunt, animals stories, crafts and more! 

Here is a typical itinerary for an overnight event:

6:00-8 p.m.—Check-in, pizza dinner and time to explore the Abbott Oceanarium 
7:30 p.m.—Event orientation and aquatic presentation
8-9:30 p.m.—Planned activities in the aquarium galleries, exploration of Wild Reef
9:30 p.m.—Caribbean Reef dive presentation
10 p.m.—Set up sleeping space, late-night snack, movie and game room open
11 p.m.—Lights out! 
6:30 a.m.—Rise and shine, explore aquarium galleries
7 a.m.— Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m.—Explore Abbott Oceanarium
8 a.m.—Explore Wild Reef
8:30 a.m.—Depart

Dates

Jan. 27, 2017
Feb. 10, 2017
Feb. 24, 2017
Mar. 10, 2017
Mar. 24, 2017
Apr. 7, 2017

Overnight FAQs

Questions? Please check out our FAQs!

Award-Winning!

Chicago Parent named Shedd Aquarium "Best Museum Overnight" for 2013! See our overnight options above.

Refund Policy

Please review our refund and cancellation policy.

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