Open 9 am - 2 pm (Early Close)
Shedd Aquarium will be closing at 2:00 p.m. today for a private event.

Safety precautions

  • Advance purchase of timed tickets is required.
  • Hand sanitizer available for guests and staff.
  • Increased cleaning in high-touch areas.

Help protect our community!

Do you have a fever, cough or feel short of breath? Have you been exposed to someone with these symptoms? Are you visiting from a state or have you recently visited a state that is a part of the City of Chicago's Emergency Travel Order?

Join us at a later date! Already have tickets? Call 312-939-2438 or email [email protected] and we’ll gladly reschedule your visit.

During your visit

  • We implemented timed entry to keep an even flow of guests throughout the day.
  • We've installed additional hand sanitization stations throughout the aquarium. The entire building will also get a deep cleaning every night after closing.

Enhanced cleaning measures

Building ventilation and air flow

  • Shedd Aquarium is operating under ASHRAE COVID-19 Building Readiness/Reopening Guidance dated May 7, 2020.
  • All of our air handlers are running 24-hours, 7-days a week.
  • Each day 2 hours before we open and 2 hours after we close, we perform a flushing of the building. This includes operating the exhaust fans as well as opening the outside air dampers to 100%.
  • We have increased our pre-filter change out schedule and changed our final filters to MERV 14.
  • The interiors of our air handlers and air conditioning coils are disinfected as a part of scheduled preventive maintenance of the aquarium.


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