The safety and well-being of our guests, staff members and animals is a top priority. Please note these policies when visiting Shedd Aquarium:

Bag size
Any bag larger than 12”x 12”x 12” will not be permitted, with the exception of diaper bags and carriers for medical supplies. Bags, strollers, backpacks and packages are subject to inspection.

Except for law enforcement and on-duty security personnel, carrying firearms on Shedd property is not allowed.

Shedd Aquarium is a prohibited area under Section 65 of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Individuals licensed to carry a concealed fiream are prohibited from carrying a firearm on, or into, Shedd Aquarium

Prohibited items
The following items are not allowed:
• Weapons, including mace and/or pepper spray
• Signs
• Alcoholic beverages
• Clothing with offensive or vulgar language
• Illegal drugs
• Laser pens and pointers
• Noise-making devices (horns, whistles, etc.)
• Any other items deemed to be dangerous or inappropriate

Prohibited behavior/code of conduct
Distribution of propaganda, flyers, pamphlets, or other literature is not allowed on Shedd property unless it has been authorized by Shedd Aquarium. Courteous behavior is expected of all guests. Unruly or unsafe behavior that endangers people or animals, disrupts other guests’ ability to enjoy their visit, or interferes with business operations will not be tolerated and can result in ejection without a refund.

Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, attempting to enter the building with prohibited items listed above; smoking; offensive or disorderly conduct; throwing any object; entering or attempting to enter pools or exhibits; failure to follow the instructions of aquarium personnel; actions that might harm or endanger others; and any other conduct that is deemed inappropriate in a public setting.