Open 9 am - 6 pm
Museum Campus parking will be severely limited for the morning and early afternoon. Taking public transportation or parking off campus is highly recommended and may be required.
Shedd's main gift store is located just off of the main foyer, and features a large octopus hanging from the ceiling.
Shedd's main gift store features interactive toys and a constantly changing collection of toys and novelties.

Shopping at Shedd

Plushes, books, apparel and more—you’ll find something for everyone at our stores, including a range of sustainable items. We have toys made from recycled materials as well as great reusable products to replace single-use items, including water bottles, thermoses, straws, cutlery sets, bags, bowls and even plastic wrap! Because we’re a not-for-profit organization, your purchases directly support Shedd’s mission.

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Shedd's oceanarium gift store is located at the bottom of the blue stairwell, in front of the 4-D theater.
Shedd's oceanarium gift store features aquatic-themed books and toys for everyone.
Shedd's gift stores feature aquatic t-shirts, gifts and accessories.
Shedd's Amazon gift store is located near the exit to Amazon Rising and features Amazon-themed stuffed animals and novelties.
A girl in Shedd's gift store cuddles up to two soft penguin toys.
Shedd's gift shops feature sustainable and artisan-made products.
Shedd's main gift store is located just off of the main foyer, and features a large octopus sculpture hanging from the ceiling.

Dining Options

Bubblenet cafeteria is located below Soundings in the Oceanarium, and features cafeteria-style dining from several different food stations.

Bubble Net Food Court

Open daily, 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. during late hours, Friday, June 11 and Wednesdays in June and July)

Explore a family-friendly menu that features pizza, iconic Chicago foods like the Chicago dog and Italian beef, grass-fed burgers, sustainable-sourced fish and chips, house-made soups, and artisan grain bowls. We also offer vegetarian choices like the Beyond Burger™ and feature Partnership for a Healthier America kids meals.

The Bubble Net Food Court is located in the Abbott Oceanarium on lower level 1, near the sea otters.

For the safety of our guests, please wait until you are seated with food ready before removing your mask to eat.

Soundings Café in Shedd's Oceanarium serves up paninis, soups and sandwiches.

Soundings Café 

Open daily, 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a full line of Starbucks drinks and coffee, fresh-baked pastries and sandwiches.

Soundings Café is located in the Abbott Oceanarium on the ground level, near the foot of the green staircase.

For the safety of our guests, please wait until you are seated with food ready before removing your mask to eat.

The Farmer's Fridge is a vending machine operated by a touch screen, where one may buy fresh salads, snacks and other healthy food options.

Farmer’s Fridge 

Currently closed but other vending options are available.

Any food or drink you bring or purchase must be consumed in designated dining areas. 

The Marine Munchroom is located on the main level, at the bottom of the stairs leading to the Aquatic Education Center in the main lobby.

Any food or drink you bring or purchase must be consumed in designated dining areas. 

Shedd's Deep Ocean Café is located in the underwater viewing galleries, so that guests can eat snacks as they watch whales swim by.

Deep Ocean Café

Temporarily closed.

Satisfy the kid in everyone with this café in the Polar Play Zone on lower level 2. Choose from favorites like hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, popcorn and Dippin’ Dots.

The popcorn cart near the centrally located Caribbean Reef habitat features several stations tucked together into an alcove, each with a countertop where coffee, snacks and popcorn are arranged for purchase.

Popcorn kiosk 

Temporarily closed.

Freshly popped popcorn, Dippin’ Dots and sweet and salty snacks enhance your Caribbean Reef viewing experience. Grab a cold beverage as you’re enchanted by the wonders of the underwater reef.

Caribbean Reef is located centrally on the main level.

Bringing Your Own Food?

Any food or drink you bring must be consumed in designated dining areas. Marine Munchroom is located on the main level, at the bottom of the stairs leading to the Aquatic Education Center in the main lobby. Deep Ocean Café is located in the Polar Play Zone on lower level 2. 

For the safety of our guests, please wait until you are seated with food ready before removing your mask to eat.

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