Open 9 am - 5 pm

Fall 2023

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.

Entry level rendering of Shedd Aquarium
Rendering of children and adults on an escalator in the Shedd Aquarium entry hall

Summer 2024

Welcome Plaza

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.

Rendering of Caribbean Reef
Rendering of Amazon Rising exhibit

Summer 2024

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.

Summer 2024

Amazon Rising

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.

Aerial rendering of Shedd Aquarium entry

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