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Shedd After Hours Events Launch for Adult-Only Audiences

February 27, 2019

Under the purple-lighted canopy protecting Shedd's north terrace from the elements, a man spins a woman as they dance salsa to a stage of live musicians in the background. He is wearing nice but casual white shirt and brown dress slacks, and she is wearing a comfortable, breezy striped yellow and black dress with tasteful ruffles at the hem.

Shedd Aquarium is launching a new series of events for guests 21 and older with special programming and custom food and drink options designed to offer more mature, unexpected ways to look nature in the eye. At ‘Shedd After Hours’ attendees can relax and take in spectacular skyline views – all while in the company of beluga whales and bluegills, stingrays and sturgeons. These evening events will include full access to the aquarium, including touch experiences and Shedd’s newest special exhibit.


Leave winter behind by dancing to the music of Latin Inspiration, one of Chicago’s hottest Latin ensembles. Warm up with a salsa lesson led by a professional dancer at 6:30 p.m. Afterward, take a break and immerse yourself in our tropical exhibits, including Amazon RisingWild Reef and the rhythms, patterns and colors of Underwater Beauty, Shedd’s latest special exhibit.

  • Thursday, March 7 from 6-10 p.m.

The enrichment the aquarium offers its animals, from the sea otters to beluga whales, gives them an opportunity for creative play. These games and toys keep the animals learning and stimulated, so attendees can also stimulate their own brain with Shedd's game night! Grab a cocktail and challenge opponents with jumbo Jenga or snag a snack and test one’s wits in some Game Show revelry during this all-access evening.

  • Wednesday, April 3 from 6-10 p.m.

Spend an evening at Shedd with cocktails, fresh eats and loveable penguins! Wander the aquarium and pay a visit to the Magellanic and rockhopper penguins in Polar Play Zone, and maybe join a Penguin Encounter as an add-on to your evening. Learn all about how Shedd partners with the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) to help rescue, rehabilitate and release endangered African penguins.
  • Thursday, May 30 from 6-10 p.m.

PRICES: Non-resident: $24.95

Chicago resident: $19.95

Shedd members: Free

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Photo credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez