Daytime Private Event Space

Mix business with nature by hosting your next meeting, breakfast, luncheon, or cocktail reception at Shedd Aquarium. Whether your event is for five or 250, we can fulfill your needs, from catering to technology, in gracious indoor or outdoor spaces that include panoramas of the lake and skyline. We’ll set you up for a successful event and throw in unforgettable at no extra charge!

Click here to see our Daytime Private Events brochure for more photos and information about our spaces.

To inquire about an event, please fill out our inquiry form and send it to Michelle Daciolas, at mdaciolas@sheddaquarium.org

Main Foyer/Kovler Hall

You guests will be wowed by the Beaux-Arts beauty of our main foyer. The realistic marble, terra cotta and bronze portrayals of aquatic animals on every surface are as astonishing as they were on opening day in 1930. You can even see marine fossils in the polished limestone floor! Learn more about Shedd’s history and architecture.

Soundings

Soundings is a private event space located on the mezzanine level of the Abbott Oceanarium. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, Monroe Harbor and the city skyline. The most versatile of all our daytime event spaces, Soundings can be configured for a casual breakfast, formal luncheon, or unique cocktail hour.

Soundings usage includes full access to Shedd including the main aquarium galleries, Wild Reef (sharks), the Amphibians special exhibit, the Abbott Oceanarium (dolphins and belugas) and Polar Play Zone (penguins and underwater viewing).

Presentation capacity: 120
Seated capacity: 175
Reception capacity: 200

Click here to see our Daytime Private Events brochure for more photos and information about our spaces.

To inquire about an event, please fill out our inquiry form and send it to Michelle Daciolas at mdaciolas@sheddaquarium.org

Soundings Boardroom

Soundings Boardroom is a private space with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of Lake Michigan as far as the eye can see. It can be set up boardroom style with one large table, classroom style, in pods, or cocktail style for a reception. It also includes access to our secluded Sea Otter Overlook.

Boardroom usage includes full access to Shedd including the main aquarium galleries, Wild Reef (sharks), the Amphibians special exhibit, the Abbott Oceanarium (dolphins and belugas) and Polar Play Zone (penguins and underwater viewing).

Seated capacity: 30
Reception capacity: 40

Click here to see our Daytime Private Events brochure for more photos and information about our spaces.

To inquire about an event, please fill out our inquiry form and send it to Michelle Daciolas at mdaciolas@sheddaquarium.org

Sea Otter Overlook

Sea Otter Overlook is a secluded space with views of the two-story sea otter habitat, parts of the Abbott Oceanarium and Lake Michigan. Included with the usage of the Soundings Boardroom, this space can be used to accommodate your catering needs, reception, or breakout space.

Reception capacity: 40

Click here to see our Daytime Private Events brochure for more photos and information about our spaces.

To inquire about an event, please fill out our inquiry form and send it to Michelle Daciolas, at mdaciolas@sheddaquarium.org

North Terrace

Make this space your own for a summer outing or a relaxing reception as lake breezes waft across the terrace. Cooler by the lake takes on a new meaning as you enjoy the panorama of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, Monroe Harbor and the city skyline. The North Terrace is the perfect tented space to take full advantage of summer in Chicago.

Terrace usage includes full access to Shedd including the main aquarium galleries, Wild Reef (sharks), the Amphibians special exhibit, the Abbott Oceanarium (dolphins and belugas) and Polar Play Zone (penguins and underwater viewing)

Seated capacity: 125
Reception capacity: 175

Click here to see our Daytime Private Events brochure for more photos and information about our spaces.

To inquire about an event, please fill out our inquiry form and send it to Michelle Daciolas at mdaciolas@sheddaquarium.org

Culinary & Beverage Selections

Our culinary and events team will assist you with your food and beverage needs.

Equipment & Services

Complement your event with these equipment and services.

Contact Us

Request more information about planning an event.

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL60605

Phone 312-692-3275
Fax 312-939-3793
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