New galleries and experiences are coming soon. Learn more about what’s coming and plan your visit to be one of the first to see these exhibits when they open.
Integrated Aquatic Science Labs
The Integrated Aquatic Science Labs bring together the aquarium’s scientists, animal care team and field researchers in one spot at the heart of the building. This state-of-the-art space centralizes several scientific laboratories focused on water chemistry, pathology, microbiology and more — maximizing collaborations, expanding the aquarium’s capacity to accelerate applied science and amplifying the impacts of results.
A highly functional, activated entry and ticketing pavilions enhance the aquarium’s current Accessible Entrance, accelerating the start of the aquarium experience and creating a sense of arrival from the moment guests walk up. Participatory programs, animal encounters and facilitated experiences will be available to everyone visiting Museum Campus – not just those headed inside for a visit.
Get up close with the animals and plants that make up the ecosystem of Shedd’s 4 acres of green space — including the well-established Smith Family Gardens and Sick Family Gardens that provide food and shelter for local animals, even in the heart of a bustling city. Here, a suite of activities nestled among the foliage reflects what is happening both on the surface and underground. From the role that pollinators play with their plants, to why seeds are the shape they are, these activities will invite hands-on exploration of plants, leaves, seeds, animals and soil!
Start your Shedd journey even faster with expedited and automated ticketing and security scanning amenities. Fully accessible, the reimagined entrance can welcome larger groups with ease, even during the busier months. A new atrium and improved circulation pathways will feature several ways for guests to start their journey, while also significantly reducing level changes and significantly improving Shedd’s physical accessibility.
A new home for the Shedd store will allow guests to peruse a range of sustainable items on their way in and out of the aquarium. Guests can take home items designed or made by local artists, sustainable souvenirs, animal plushes and great reusable products to replace single-use items, including water bottles, thermoses, straws, cutlery sets, bags, bowls and even plastic wrap.
Wonder of Water
Water is the element that allows all life on Earth to thrive. Experience the wonder of the diversity of aquatic life while standing at the center of two towering saltwater and freshwater habitats, complete with hidden nooks where fishes raise their young, colorful coral reaching toward the light and a special surprise that is revealed when you step between two distinct aquatic worlds.
With a landscape that completely transforms twice a year, the Amazon River basin is a hotspot of biodiversity. In the refreshed Amazon Rising exhibit, you can explore the array of astounding adaptations that these amazing animals have developed to thrive, from the colossus arapaima to elusive electric eels. Up-close experiences and interactive elements allow you to see the world through an anaconda’s eyes, while educational opportunities tackle conservation topics like the illegal pet trade.
Learn more about the Experience Evolution.
Read more about how we are evolving our aquarium to be more immersive, accessible, bilingual and science-rich.
There’s always something new to see, touch and experience. Check out the latest exhibits to explore now as we continue to evolve.
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