Open 9 am - 5 pm
  • A selection of appetizers sit on a tray, garnished with olives and sprigs of thyme.
  • A table with a selection of appetizers is set up on the north terrace. There is a vase with peonies on the table and the skyline is seen in the background.
  • Tablesettings featuring silver plates and blue napkins are set up on a table covered with a blue tablecloth.
  • Tables are set up for a private event in the President's Conference Room. The tables feature striped tablecloths and a floral centerpiece, with glass dishes and pale blue folded napkins.
  • Tables are set up for a private event in the Caribbean Reef. The tables feature blue and gold tablecloths tablecloths and a glass centerpiece topped with a bowl of red roses.


We can supply you with a variety of menu options or create a menu especially for your event. Our dishes feature sustainably grown or procured products.

Shedd Aquarium will provide all liquor, wine and beer. We offer standard- and premium- brand liquors, a selection of fine house wines and domestic, craft, local and imported beers.

Tables are set up around the Caribbean Reef with white tablecloths and candles for a private event.

Tables are set up around the Caribbean Reef for a private event. The tables feature dark brown tablecloths and large palm centerpieces.

Tables featuring gold tablecloths and large floral centerpieces are set up for a private event in Kovlar Hall.

Tables are set up in the Rivers Gallery for a private event.

Tables are set up around the Caribbean Reef for a private event. The tables are decorated with blue tablecloths and palm centerpieces and are surrounded by lucite chairs.

Tables and settings 

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.


Metered street parking may be available on Solidarity Drive. The north Soldier Field parking garage and east parking lot by the Field Museum are available for a fee. Valet parking must be arranged by the client.

Dietary restrictions

Our culinary team is experienced with all dietary requests, from allergen- and sensitivity-free to vegan and vegetarian. We also work closely with partners that specialize in the preparation of halal and kosher cuisine for special events.

Staff and security

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 against their choice of a computer-generated aquarium scene, ready for pickup at the end of the event.

Event favors

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

Coat check

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

Make a difference

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

Contact us

Have questions? Call us at 312-692-3275 or email [email protected]