Asleep with the Fishes

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

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, October 26
Friday, November 9
Friday, December 7

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 (Wild Reef): $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 Wild Reef exhibit, featuring corals, rays and sharks of the Philippines. Purchase Wild Reef VIP tickets here.

VIP (Oceanarium): $125/person ($110/member)
December only. 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. Oceanarium VIP tickets are sold out.

Evening only: $50/person ($30/member)
Join our special activities without staying the night. Purchase evening-only tickets here.

Check out our monthly themes!

October 26
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!

November 9
Give Thanks for Animals
Celebrate animals with us as we explore their favorite foods! Who eats what? Who eats WHOM? From corals to beluga whales, how does Shedd feed more than 1,500 kinds of animals? Find out at this harvest-themed overnight.

December 7
Holiday Overnight
Grab a cup of cocoa and create fond memories with loved ones at this holiday-themed overnight! Explore how animals survive winter, create a holiday craft and keep an eye out for a special visit from Santa!


Questions? Check out our Overnight FAQs here!

More than 10 people in your group? Call our Group Reservations number at 312-692-3333.

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 in an evening-only ticket?

Evening-only guests can enjoy dinner, activities and presentations until 10 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 Wild Reef guests sleep in the Wild Reef exhibit, featuring corals, rays and sharks of the Philippines.

December only: Wake up next to penguins, whales and dolphins! VIP Oceanarium guests sleep in the underwater viewing area of the Abbott Oceanarium.

Sample itinerary

6-8 p.m. - Check-in, dinner and time to explore the Abbott Oceanarium

7:30 p.m. - Event orientation and aquatic presentation

8-9:30 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

October 26
November 9
December 7

Overnight FAQs

Refund Policy

Please review our refund and cancellation policy.

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