Public Transportation

Public transportation is the best way to get to Shedd. Whether you start on Metra or take CTA all the way, you'll arrive within steps of our door!

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

For all CTA transit information, go to www.transitchicago.com or call 312-836-7000.

CTA’s # 146 Bus to Museum Campus
Operates daily until 10:30 p.m.
Please note that the #146 to Harrison/State will not take you all the way to Shedd.

CTA’s #130 Bus eastbound
Operates between Memorial day weekend and Labor Day only. 
Best for those heading from State Street downtown, North Michigan Ave. or the north side of Chicago.
Best bet for Metra or Amtrak users! Buses leave Union/Ogilvie stations between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The last #130 bus leaves Shedd at 6 p.m.

From O'Hare Airport:
Board the Blue Line CTA train and exit at Washington, where you can grab the southbound #146 bus on State Street.

From the south side of Chicago or from Midway Airport:
Board CTA bus #6 Jackson Park Express (daily) and exit at 11th Street and Columbus Drive, across from the Museum Campus. Or board the Orange or Green Line CTA train toward the Loop and exit at the Roosevelt Road/Museum Campus station, where you can transfer to the #146 Museum Campus bus.

From State Street downtown, North Michigan Avenue, or the north side of Chicago:
Board the southbound CTA bus #146 Marine-Michigan to the Museum Campus (daily) or board the Red, Orange, or Green Line CTA train toward the Loop and exit at the Roosevelt Road/Museum Campus station, where you can transfer to the #146 Museum Campus bus.

Tips for using the CTA
For estimated arrival times, use the CTA's online bus tracker or text “ctabus(space) [stop ID] to 41411. Common bus stop IDs for Shedd guests are 316 (Roosevelt and State), 5023 (Ogilvie Station, Clinton and Washington) and 14461 (Union Station, Jackson and the river). For either bus route westbound, use 4595 (Solidarity Drive and aquarium).

Best deal if you're visiting from out of town
The CTA offers multiday passes good for unlimited rides within the timeframe. 

Metra Commuter Rail

For all Metra information, please visit metrarail.com or call 312-322-6777.

Leave your car at home! Metra serves more than 100 communities with 241 stations on 11 lines running through Chicago’s downtown.

It's easy to transfer from Metra to CTA. Find your downtown Metra station below for the best CTA route to Shedd Aquarium!

Union Station
(Memorial Day through Labor Day midmorning through early evening only)
Board the eastbound #130 bus at Jackson and the river. Please view the #130 schedule for more information. 

For all other times, walk to Canal and Adams/Jackson and take the #28 bus toward Olive Harvey. Exit at 1100 S. Columbus (pedestrian underpass). Follow the signs through the Museum Campus and walk approximately 10 minutes to Shedd Aquarium. Please view the #28 schedule for more information.

Ogilvie Transportation Center
(Memorial Day through Labor Day midmorning through early evening only)
Board the eastbound #130 bus south on Clinton at Washington. Please view the #130 schedule for details.

For all other times, walk to Clinton and Madison and take the number J14 bus toward 103rd/Stony Island. Exit at 1100 S. Columbus (pedestrian underpass). Follow the signs through the Museum Campus and walk approximately 10 minutes to Shedd Aquarium. Please view the J14 schedule for detailed information.

Van Buren Station 
Board the #146 bus at State and Van Buren towards Museum Campus. Exit at Shedd Aquarium. Please view the #146 schedule for more information.

Millenium Station
Board the #146 bus at State and Washington towards Museum Campus. Exit at Shedd Aquarium. Please view the #146 schedule for more information.

LaSalle Street Station
Board the #146 bus at State and Harrison toward the Museum Campus. Exit at Shedd Aquarium. Please view the #146 schedule for more information.