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!
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 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
A not-for-profit organization, Shedd Aquarium relies on your support to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. From a child’s first encounter with a beluga to an Animal Response Team springin...
Dive into the aquatic world at Shedd—and take action to support it around the globe! A membership is the best way to explore Shedd Aquarium, with benefits including member-only programs, events and discounts.
Every gift to Shedd makes a difference. Your support is a partnership in carrying out Shedd’s mission, from supporting everyday animal care throughout the building to responding to wildlife in urgent need halfway around the wor...
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.