From intimate formal dinners for as few as 100 to strolling receptions of 1600, Shedd Aquarium offers an ideal location to host a private event. The best part-your guests will have access to the entire aquarium!
Begin the evening with a cocktail reception on the mezzanine level overlooking a stunning re-creation of a Pacific Northwest coastline. Guests can stroll down to the water’s edge to visit with Pacific white-sided dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters and more!
Caribbean Reef and aquarium galleries
Classical Greek architecture and our signature Caribbean Reef exhibit create a dining setting fit for King Neptune, with seating either around the aquamarine reef habitat or in the aquarium’s elegantly vaulted galleries.
This large, soaring space, enlivened with handcrafted sea life ornamentation in marble, bronze and terra cotta, is perfect for dining and dancing.
North terrace and lakeside terrace
These seasonal spaces combine sweeping vistas of the lakefront and skyline with gentle breezes. Add amenities like a full canopy and bars.
Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline are the backdrop in this beautiful window-lined room, perfect for dinner parties or large receptions.
We are now accepting short-term bookings for our newly renovated Bubble Net event space!
Overlooking Lake Michigan’s shore, this indoor venue is available for evening events, giving guests a dazzling view of Chicago’s lit-up skyline. Guests begin their evening viewing the playful sea otters at Shedd’s Otter Trail habitat, then move to Bubble Net for a lively cocktail reception or an elegant plated dinner. Bubble Net is the perfect size for groups of fewer than 100 guests.
In this seasonal (May through September) outdoor exhibit area, your guests will delight in the sensation of sleek stingrays gently gliding under their outstretched hands.
Our auditorium features state-of-the-art audiovisual technology that can be tailored to your presentation’s specs. It’s available at an additional cost
Rice Foundation Amphitheater
Part of the Abbott Oceanarium, it features seating for up to 1,000 guests and a state-of-the-art sound system. It’s perfect for a special welcome or presentation for your group.
Plan a Private Event
When you join us for an event, your guests are offered access to the entire aquarium, from archerfish to zebra sharks! Whether you are looking to h...
Corporate & Special Events
Treat your colleagues to the eye-popping architecture and global animal collection at Shedd Aquarium during your next corporate or special event. W...
Weddings and Receptions
Discover another side of Shedd—as an aquatic wonderland for your wedding or reception. Shedd’s professional events team will fulfill all your needs...
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