Equipment & Services

Complement your event with these opportunities.

Tables & Settings

The aquarium has a limited inventory of dinner tables and chairs in house. Depending on your event needs, additional dinner tables and cocktail seating needs can be quoted.

The fee for equipment rental is based on that evening’s delivery, setup, tear down and removal following your event.

Your catering sales manager can provide you with information on rental linen and pricing as well.

Coat Check

Hosted coat check, with rolling racks, can be arranged for a fee. We also offer self-check coat racks for your guests.


Street parking, with Pay to Park boxes, may be available on Solidarity Drive. When additional parking is required, the north Soldier Field parking garage and east parking lot between the Field Museum and Shedd are available for a fee. Call 312-235-7202 for more information. 

Valet parking is permitted but must be arranged by the client. We can provide a list of companies that handle valet parking.


Shedd staff members will be on hand to assist your guests and answer questions. Our security team will also be on site during your event.


Your guests will enjoy getting professional keepsake portraits set against their choice of a computer-generated aquarium scene, ready for pickup at the end of the event. The photo service can also provide you with an on-site photo booth for your event. You can coordinate services by working directly with a photo representative.

Event Favors

Let your guests peruse a wide variety of aquatic-themed items in our gift stores. You can work directly with a retail representative. Or surprise your guests with a return visit to Shedd, either with Shedd tickets, CityPASS, or one of our Extraordinary Experiences.

Make a difference

In lieu of the “traditional” event favors for your guests, the Shedd Aquarium development team can work directly with you in arranging an aquarium donation.