Our catering specialists will assist you with all your food and beverage needs through our on-site food services department. We can create special menus and theme ideas for your event.

Here’s a taste of what we can do for you.

Hors d'oeuvres
We offer a selection of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres as well as hors d’oeuvres buffet displays that give you a delicious choice of vegetables, fruits, sustainable seafood, cheeses and meats in sophisticated combinations.

Strolling reception
Our strolling reception stations offer your guests the opportunity to sample a variety of foods and cuisines in an engaging atmosphere. Menus are designed to include three or more stations:

• Soup and salad
• Taste of Chicago neighborhoods
• Potato martini bar
• Pasta bar
• Asian stir-fry
• Fajitas
• Caribbean
• Carving (multiple)
Right Bite seafood
• Sustainable sushi (multiple)
• Shedd dessert (multiple)

Seated dinners
Our talented culinary team can design a seated dinner menu to reflect of the style of the event or the current season’s flavor palate.

View our sample dinner menu.

Beverage packages
To accompany the food, we also have beverage packages to suit any occasion: open bar, wine and beer bar, hosted martini or margarita bar, and a nonalcoholic beverage option.


Along with handling equipment and linen rentals, our sales staff can also arrange for 
• flowers, decorations and auxiliary lighting
• music and other entertainment
• hosted coat checking
• exhibit interpretation
• guided tours

Contact Us

Request more information about planning an event.

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL60605

Phone 312-692-3275
Fax 312-939-3793
Email us

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