Daytime Private Event Space

Mix business with nature by hosting your next meeting, breakfast, luncheon, or cocktail reception at Shedd Aquarium. Whether your event is for five or 250, we can fulfill your needs, from catering to technology, in gracious indoor or outdoor spaces that include panoramas of the lake and skyline. We’ll set you up for a successful event and throw in unforgettable at no extra charge!

Click here for more information about hosting your Daytime Event at the Shedd Aquarium.

To request more information about an event, please contact us at 312-692-3275 or via email at event@sheddaquarium.org.

Main Foyer/Kovler Hall

You guests will be wowed by the Beaux-Arts beauty of our main foyer. The realistic marble, terra cotta and bronze portrayals of aquatic animals on every surface are as astonishing as they were on opening day in 1930. You can even see marine fossils in the polished limestone floor! Learn more about Shedd’s history and architecture.

Soundings

Soundings is a semi-private event space located on the mezzanine level of the Abbott Oceanarium. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, Monroe Harbor and the city skyline. The most versatile of all our daytime event spaces, Soundings can be configured for a casual breakfast, formal luncheon, or unique cocktail hour.

Soundings usage includes full access to Shedd including the main aquarium galleries, Wild Reef (sharks), the Underwater Beauty special exhibit, the Abbott Oceanarium (dolphins and belugas) and Polar Play Zone (penguins and underwater viewing).

Presentation capacity: 120
Seated capacity: 120
Reception capacity: 140

Food and beverage minimums vary based on season and availability.

Soundings Boardroom

Soundings Boardroom is a private space with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of Lake Michigan as far as the eye can see.

Boardroom usage includes full access to Shedd including the main aquarium galleries, Wild Reef (sharks), the Underwater Beauty special exhibit, the Abbott Oceanarium (dolphins and belugas) and Polar Play Zone (penguins and underwater viewing).

Seated capacity: 16

Food and beverage minumums vary based on season and availability.

North Terrace

Make this space your own for a summer outing or a relaxing reception as lake breezes waft across the terrace. Cooler by the lake takes on a new meaning as you enjoy the panorama of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, Monroe Harbor and the city skyline. The North Terrace is the perfect tented space to take full advantage of summer in Chicago.

Terrace usage includes full access to Shedd including the main aquarium galleries, Wild Reef (sharks), the Underwater Beauty special exhibit, the Abbott Oceanarium (dolphins and belugas) and Polar Play Zone (penguins and underwater viewing)

Seated capacity: 90
Reception capacity: 175

Note: during peak attendance days the North Terrace is unavailable for private events.

Culinary & Beverage Selections

Our culinary and events team will assist you with your food and beverage needs.

Equipment & Services

Complement your event with these equipment and services.

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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