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
See Shedd’s commitments, from offering the best in care to eliminating single-use plastics from our operations wherever possible.
A historic landmark, Shedd Aquarium honors a proud past while constantly evolving to meet tomorrow’s standards.
From accreditation to animal-rescue efforts, Shedd is strengthened by partners around the globe.
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!
Discover media tools and the latest news in Shedd's press room!
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 Shedd, you can make a difference every day—for animals, for conservation and for our guests.
If you’re passionate about aquatic life, and you love to learn, teach and inspire, you'll be a great volunteer!
College students can build experience alongside committed professionals with a Shedd internship.
“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.