Equipment & Services

Complement your event with these opportunities.

Tables & Settings

The aquarium can provide 20 complimentary 66-inch round dinner tables that each seat eight to 10 guests. Additional dinner and cocktail seating needs can be quoted.

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

Your event manager will provide you with information about our linen selection and prices.

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.