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🌎 Join a community 🌍

  1. Sign up for Surge: A new community dedicated to building a healthy and equitable future for all. Fishes school, bees swarm and frogs form an army. Take action with us, your friends and neighbors to protect the planet we share. When you join Surge, you will discover a wealth of information of how to maximize your positive impact on earth. Are you in?

  2. Shedd Aquarium Action Days: Volunteer and take action for animals to restore and protect nearby aquatic habitats. You’ll support animals from frogs to fish while having fun and learning along the way. Learn more and sign up!

  3. Dine outHead to lunch or dinner at one of our our Let's Shedd Plastic restaurant collaborators who are making a commitment to healthier rivers, lakes and oceans.

🌎 Experience the aquatic world 🌍

Support our mission of a world thriving with aquatic life, sustained by people who love, understand and protect it. Experience the wonders of the aquatic animal world in-person or virtually with a virtual animal encounter for all ages or virtual learning programs for kids and families.  

  1. Shark Feeding Tour: Join the ocean's most dynamic and misunderstood predators — sharks — and other marine predators for brunch on this feeding tour. Discover how each shark and ray species in Wild Reef has been trained to respond to an aquarist’s signal for mealtime.

  2. Penguin EncountersMeet one of Shedd’s penguins! During this 30-minute experience you will be right next to the action. Discover what makes these birds so amazing! 

  3. Virtual Otter Encounter: There is never a dull moment while observing and learning about how sea otters eat, swim, vocalize, groom, dive, and play.

  4. Visit in person: Plan a fun visit to Shedd with your loved ones to look nature in the eye and experience the aquatic animal world.

  5. MembershipGive a gift to a loved one that’s a great deal for them and means a great deal to us! Choose “Buy as a Gift” for recipients to get free admission to Shedd for a year—they'll get the gift now, but can choose to activate when they feel comfortable.

🌎 Shop eco-friendly apparel 🌍

Be a part of the "slow fashion" movement when you shop new looks. The apparel in our store is made in partnership with Kastlfel, a company that uses recycled plastics and water-based inks to help eliminate waste and conserve natural resources. Kastlfel is also part of the transitional cotton project which promotes chemical and pesticide free farming for healthy soil, water conservation and biodiversity!

SHOP apparel

🌎 Shop plastic free 🌍

Shop plastic alternatives! We've recently launched a collection with Zefiro, a Chicago based company with the goal of reducing waste by offering sustainable options to everyday products that are free of unnecessary packaging, minimize single use waste and are safe for both us and the planet.

Shop zero waste

🌎 Support aquatic life 🌍

Share your love for the aquatic animal world by supporting aquatic life. With you by our side, we are able to care for resident animals, create learning programs for families and educators and take action for animals and our blue planet.

Adopt an animal

Have a special connection with penguins, belugas, otters or turtles? Symbolically adopt one and receive a matching plush! When you symbolically adopt an animal at Shedd, you support our mission and top-quality animal care.


Make a difference monthly

Looking for ways to simplify your contributions? Consider scheduling reoccurring donations monthly or annually. Save time on set up and start giving on an ongoing basis.