Aquatic Presentation

Shedd’s aquatic presentation offers guests an introduction to Pacific white-sided dolphins, beluga whales and a changing lineup of other favorite animals. Our experts highlight awe-inspiring animal adaptations in a live setting, sharing how a variety of aquatic species are uniquely equipped to thrive in nature. Guests leave with a greater understanding of animal anatomy and what we learn from animals every day―at Shedd and in the wild.

Warning: The aquatic presentation contains flashing lights that may not be suitable for people who experience migraines, have epilepsy, or experience other photosensitive conditions. Viewer discretion advised.

You must separately reserve your free aquatic presentation tickets at one of the North Lobby kiosks in front of Soundings Cafe on the day of your visit.

Please be aware that programming, including the aquatic presentations, can change based on the needs of the animals. Be sure to check the "Today at Shedd" signs in the aquarium for up-to-date information when you arrive.

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How you can help

There are lots of ways to help. Get involved in the care of these animals by becoming a Shedd member, donating to the annual fund or volunteering at Shedd.

Aquatic Presentation Times

Check out our Today at Shedd page for daily showtimes!

Plan your next trip to Shedd!

Experience unbelievable animals from around the world! Admission includes all permanent exhibits, Amphibians special exhibit, aquatic presentation (subject to availability) and seasonal Stingray Touch (open late May to October). Buy tickets online today!

Multi-venue passes

If you’re visiting more than one cultural attraction in Chicago, this is the best option for you. Check out Chicago CityPASS and Go Chicago Card. Prices vary.

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