Open 9 am - 6 pm

New Winter Hours and Offers at Shedd Aquarium

October 30, 2020

Flower Hat Jellies in Underwater Beauty

Shedd Aquarium is shifting its hours through the end of the year to meet the needs of guests. In November and December, the aquarium will be open:

  • Non-holiday Mondays–Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays–Sundays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Shedd will also adjust operation hours on traditionally well-attended weeks, like the weeks of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

  • Thanksgiving Week:
  • Monday-Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Christmas Week:
  • Monday-Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday: Closed
  • Monday- Thursday (following week): 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

As temperatures get colder, the aquarium offers guests an escape into several exotic habitats from across the globe, all in one building. Guests can see vibrant corals and patrolling sharks in the depths of a Filipino reef system of Wild Reef or watch a slithering emerald tree boa in the humid Amazon Rising exhibit. 4-D films have also returned to the aquarium, creating another exhilarating and immersive experience that guests can add to their visit.

Shedd has also adopted several stringent measures to help ensure that a visit remains safe and fun for everyone. The aquarium’s restaurants are temporarily closed starting Friday, Oct. 30. More details about these policies and procedures can be found on the aquarium’s website.

WHERE: Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

TICKETS: Visit or call (312) 939-2438 to purchase tickets in advance of a visit.

VISUALS:  High resolution photos from Shedd Aquarium can be found here:
Photo credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez