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Aquarium Council members get an up-close look at a Magellanic penguin held by a trainer.
A young girl points to an animal in Shedd's Underwater Beauty special exhibit as her mother reads the animal's description for her.

Aquarium Council Membership Benefits

Your annual membership unlocks VIP access to Shedd, allowing you to look nature in the eye while helping communities here, there and everywhere to be transformed by Shedd's mission and vision. 

Benefits include

  • Free and unlimited entry to all aquarium exhibits
  • VIP parking assistance
  • Concierge-like visit coordination and ticket setup
  • Invitation to exclusive events throughout the year, including education events with Shedd experts and leading external experts
  • Family-friendly perks, including early access to learning programs
  • Early access to the Shedd Adventures travel program

Aquarium Council Membership Perks by Level

Aquarium ($1,500)

One personalized, private tour of Shedd per year

Fellow ($2,500)

One special behind-the-scenes tour per year

Guardian ($5,000)

One special up-close interaction with an animal per year

Conservator ($10,000)

One lunch and special tour with a Shedd expert per year

If interested in joining Shedd Aquarium's leadership donor society, contact Donor Services, [email protected]

Aquarium Council membership and other donations can be made via gifts of stocks and securities.