Current Projects

In the Teen Learning Lab, projects are driven by teen interests. If you are not sure where to begin, check out the list of ongoing projects below. They are available throughout the year and are open to anyone who visits the Teen Learning Lab. You can use these opportunities to learn about the Teen Learning Lab while trying something new.

If you have a specific project in mind beyond those listed below, email to get started.

New Teen Orientations

When you're ready to dive into the Teen Learning Lab, start with one of our new teen orientations, where we'll introduce you to the mentors, projects and resources available to teens at Shedd Aquarium. New teen orientations will focus on providing you with an overview of the Teen Learning Lab and launching points for your next visit to Shedd Aquarium.

Come by the free space to make new friends, work on projects and explore careers in aquatic science!


  • November 16th 5:00p - 7:30p
  • December 16th 1:00p - 3:30p

Registration for Orientations can be found at

Teen Learning Lab Mentors

Get career insights straight from the experts. Aquarists, designers, educators, exhibit designers and other Shedd staff members will spend time in the Teen Learning Lab this summer in a new mentoring program. You'll have a chance to ask them about their careers while helping them complete real Shedd projects.

Dates vary, check the Teen Learning Lab calendar.

All events are hosted in the Teen Learning Lab at Shedd Aquarium and are free unless otherwise indicated. (Note: Ventra CTA passes will be available for teens who attend. Each teen will receive one single-ride pass.)


Memorial Day to Labor Day:
Tues., Weds. & Thurs.
2 to 7 p.m.

Labor Day to Memorial Day:
Weds. & Thurs. 4 to 8 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Check out our upcoming events, workshops and hours!

Where We’re Located

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Please use the Learning entrance (on the north side of the building, to the left of the main entrance).

Frequently Asked Questions

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