Dining & Shopping

From plushes and books to gift memberships and ornaments, you’ll find something for everyone at our stores — both at the aquarium and online. Don’t forget: Because we’re a not-for-profit organization, your purchases directly support Shedd’s mission!

In order to help support Shedd’s sustainability efforts and help protect our waters and the animals that call them home, Shedd offers reusable bags for purchase in our gift shop. Learn more about other ways you can help reduce your single-use plastic use.

Visiting Shedd can work up an appetite. We offer family fare at several locations throughout the aquarium.

Helpful hint: All food outlets become very busy following an aquatic presentation. You can enhance your experience and reduce your wait by planning your dining before or during a presentation.

Soundings Café

Coffee shop open daily at 8:30 a.m. until one hour before closing 
Offering a full line of Starbucks drinks and coffee, fresh-baked pastries and sandwiches.

Soundings Restaurant
Restaurant open 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. seasonally
Enjoy a wholesome menu in a casual atmosphere — either inside with lakefront views or on one of our outdoor terraces. Find fresh salads, wraps and burgers fresh off the grill, all featuring sustainable and locally grown ingredients when in season. 

The Bubble Net

You’ll find a family-friendly menu that boasts pizza, burgers, sandwiches, burritos and salads. We also offer vegetarian choices and Healthy Fare for Kids meals.

Deep Ocean Café 
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.(seasonal)
This café caters to the kid in everyone. Located in the Polar Play Zone, you can choose from favorites like hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, popcorn and Dippin’ Dots.

Stingray Touch
Open daily at 11 a.m. until one hour before closing (seasonal and weather dependent)
Grab a quick Vienna hot dog, Dippin’ Dots or a refreshing beverage after your Stingray Touch animal encounter. Convenient outdoor seating provides a quick break before hopping along to your next adventure.

Popcorn kiosk
Open daily at 11 a.m. until one hour before closing
Freshly popped popcorn, Dippin’ Dots and sweet and salty snacks enhance your Caribbean Reef viewing experience. Grab an ice-cold beverage while being enchanted by the wonders of the underwater reef.

Bringing your own food?

Guests are welcome to bring their own brown-bag lunch to Shedd. The Marine Munchroom vending area at the ground-level entrance has tables and chairs. You can purchase snacks and bottled beverages here. Outdoor picnic tables are also available in Shedd's lawn area.