Shedd Aquarium will continue to remain closed to the public through April 30 as part of city and statewide preventative measures to limit the additional spread and transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). During this period, all scheduled events and programs will be cancelled but may be rescheduled.
“As impacts of COVID-19 evolve, we continue to assess and evaluate both near-term and long-term impacts, ensure the future sustainability of our operations as well as do our part to bolster the wellness of our community,” said Dr. Bridget Coughlin, president and CEO of Shedd Aquarium. “Our animal caretakers continue to ensure exceptional welfare of the 32,000 animals in our care – like penguins Wellington, Edward and Annie – during the closure, and we are striving to provide exceptional ways for guests to continue to look nature in the eye through our web-based and social media platforms. Until the time when we can welcome people back through our physical doors, we are committed to continuing to welcome them through our digital ones to fill them with compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world.”
Ways in which the aquarium is offering for the public to stay connected and enriched during the extended closure includes keeping up-to-date on the daily lives of the aquarium’s animals on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; creating learning experiences for early learners through its Sea Curious YouTube series; sharing live views from the Underwater Beauty special exhibit, 360-video views to Keep Sharks Swimming and more.
Additionally, to help mitigate the financial impacts on the organization, the aquarium is asking the public to help support its mission through various ways, including symbolic adoption of an aquatic animal, making a donation, or becoming a member. The public can also show support by donating the value of previously-purchased tickets for a visit, group and experience reservations, programs and events and more.
Shedd will continue to work in support of City of Chicago and State of Illinois officials, in addition to following recommendations provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and US State Department to determine a return to public operations.
For information on previously purchased tickets, group and experience reservations, programs and events, please email [email protected] or call (312) 939-2438. Updates to operations will also be made available on Shedd’s website at www.sheddaquarium.org.