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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A Weighty Anniversary for Nickel
On Nickel’s first day in the 90,000-gallon Caribbean Reef habitat on July 22, 2003, she took to her new home as if she’d always lived there.
The Great Big Unknown: Studying Freshwater Mussels in Central America
As part of Shedd’s designation as a Center for Species Survival: Freshwater by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Species ...
6 Ways to Reduce Plastic Consumption
Explore six ways you can help reduce plastic at home.
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.