Every year Shedd Aquarium welcomes 2 million guests for unforgettable encounters with belugas and bluegills, stingrays and sturgeons. But Shedd is more than just a destination. With partners in Chicago and around the globe, we’re also protecting endangered species and their habitats and rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife in need.
Who We Are
Here, there and everywhere, Shedd Aquarium is committed to supporting a world thriving with aquatic life, sustained by people who love, understand and protect it. See how we're working with partners and peers around the world to spark curiosity, compassion and conservation for the aquatic animal world.
“It’s a vision Shedd Aquarium is thrilled to embrace. It’s a vision of hope and action. We hope you join us on the journey.”BRIDGET COUGHLIN, PH.D., PRESIDENT AND CEO
What's it like to drop everything and rush to Canada to help rescue a stranded beluga whale? Discover yourself with Shedd's stories and updates, sharing everything from new arrivals to animal rescues across the globe!
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Researching a Great Lakes Migration: The Sucker Spawning Run
Sometime between March and May, a massive migration takes place in the Great Lakes: the spawning run of white and longnose suckers.
Introducing Magellanic Penguin Chick Nia
The penguin chick nicknamed “Megatron” by her caregivers now has a real name: Meet Nia (NEE-ah)!
Six Underwater Beauties Not to Miss
Shedd's new special exhibit, features a rainbow of fishes and invertebrates and a panoply of patterns in motion.
Work With Us
The animals are the focus at Shedd, but the staff, volunteers, and interns are the aquarium’s most vital resource. From animal care to accounting, find the right opportunity for you!
“At the end of the day, it's a wonderful feeling that by caring for and teaching people about these amazing animals, I have made a difference in the natural world, a difference we can all make together.”LAURA BRAKHAGE, MARINE MAMMALS ANIMAL CARE SPECIALIST
Annual Reports and Financial Statements
As a not-for-profit organization, Shedd Aquarium publicly discloses financial statements and reports. These reports give depth to Shedd’s mission, stories and practices.