Asleep with the Fishes

At our Asleep with the Fishes overnights, your family or group will see the aquarium like never before—at night!

Overnights are designed for families and groups with children ages 5-12. All overnights include animal and science activities, an aquatic presentation, animal encounters, aquatic crafts, a scavenger hunt and a Caribbean Reef feeding dive. You’ll also be free to explore any of the open exhibit spaces throughout the evening.

Whether you’re with a group or want to attend an overnight with your family, find your adventure here!

Dates:

Friday, Oct. 25
Spooky Seas
Grab your costume and join us for our annual Halloween overnight! Meet animals that come out at night, bust myths about animals like snakes and spiders, and learn about the slimy creatures that live below the waves. Show off your costume on the dance floor and enjoy all the tricks and treats that Shedd overnights have to offer!

Friday, Nov. 15
Asleep with the Fishes: Give Thanks for Animals
Celebrate animals with us as we explore their favorite foods! Who eats what? Who eats WHO? How does Shedd feed 32,000 animals? Find out at this harvest-themed overnight.

Friday, Dec. 20
Asleep with the Fishes: Winter Wonderland
Grab a cup of cocoa and create fond memories with loved ones at this Winter Wonderland overnight! Explore how animals survive in chilly temperatures and discover how living things illuminate the icy depths with bioluminescence, fluorescence, and more!

Ticket options include:

Regular: $85/person ($70/member)
Reserve your spot and pack your sleeping bag, jammies and toothbrush. Purchase regular tickets here.

VIP (Caribbean Reef): $100/person ($85/member)
VIP guests sleep in premium locations and are permitted to bring one twin-sized air mattress per one or more people, and one queen-sized air mattress per two or more people. You'll sleep around the Caribbean Reef exhibit, home to green sea turtle Nickel and bonnethead sharks. Purchase Caribbean Reef VIP tickets here.

VIP (Underwater Beauty): $110/person ($95/member)
VIP guests sleep in premium locations and are permitted to bring one twin-sized air mattress per one or more people, and one queen-sized air mattress per two or more people. You'll sleep in the Underwater Beauty special exhibit featuring stunning creatures like mantis shrimp, ribbon eels and weedy seadragons. Purchase Underwater Beauty VIP tickets here.

VIP (Wild Reef): $120/person ($100/member)
VIP guests sleep in premium locations and are permitted to bring one twin-sized air mattress per one or more people, and one queen-sized air mattress per two or more people. You'll sleep in the Wild Reef exhibit, featuring corals, rays and sharks of the Philippines. Purchase Wild Reef VIP tickets here.

VIP (Oceanarium): $130/person ($110/member)
VIP guests sleep in premium locations and are permitted to bring one twin-sized air mattress per one or more people, and one queen-sized air mattress per two or more people. Wake up next to penguins, whales and dolphins! You'll sleep in the underwater viewing area of the Abbott Oceanarium. Purchase Oceanarium VIP tickets here.

Evening only: $40/person ($30/member)
Join our special activities without staying the night. Purchase evening-only tickets here.


Questions? Check out our Overnight FAQs here!

Questions regarding our overnight program? Call our Group Reservations number at 312-692-3333 or email at overnights@sheddaquarium.org.

Who can attend?

Families and groups with children ages 12 and under are invited to attend Shedd overnights. Children must be 5 or older to spend the night. One adult must attend for every five children, and one child must attend with every three adults.

What is included?

Breakfast and a late-night snack are included for guests who spend the night.

What is not included?

Dinner is not included with this ticket. Guests can purchase dinner from our Bubblenet Café until 8 p.m. Guests may not bring their own food into the aquarium unless arranged ahead of time for medical reasons.

What is included in an evening-only ticket?

Evening-only guests can explore open exhibits and enjoy activities and presentations until 11 p.m.

What is included in a VIP ticket?

VIP guests sleep in premium locations, get VIP seating for the aquatic presentation and are permitted to bring one twin-sized air mattress per one or more people, and one queen-sized air mattress per two or more people.

VIP Caribbean Reef guests sleep around the Caribbean Reef exhibit, home to green sea turtle Nickel and bonnethead sharks.

VIP Underwater Beauty guests sleep in the Underwater Beauty special exhibit featuring stunning creatures like mantis shrimp, ribbon eels and weedy seadragons.

VIP Wild Reef guests sleep in the Wild Reef exhibit, featuring corals, rays and sharks of the Philippines.

VIP Oceanarium guests sleep in the underwater viewing area of the Abbott Oceanarium, home to Shedd's penguins, whales and dolphins.

Sample itinerary

6-7 p.m. - Check-in and time to explore the Abbott Oceanarium

6-8 p.m. – Dinner available for purchase in the Bubblenet Cafe

7 p.m. - Event orientation and aquatic presentation

7:30-9:15 p.m. - Planned activities in the aquarium galleries, time to explore Wild Reef

8:15-9:15 p.m. - Movie in Phelps Auditorium

9:30 p.m. - Caribbean Reef dive presentation

10 p.m. - Sleeping space setup, late night snack, movie and game room activities

11 p.m. - Lights out!

6:30 a.m. - Wake-up, time to explore aquarium galleries

7-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

7:30 a.m. - Time to explore Abbott Oceanarium

8 a.m. - Time to explore Wild Reef

8:30 a.m. - Departure

Dates

Friday, Oct. 25
Friday, Nov. 15
Friday, Dec. 20

Overnight FAQs

Refund Policy

Please review our refund and cancellation policy.

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