Animal Chats

Learn more about the animals that call Shedd home at one, or more, of our daily animal chats! Your questions are encouraged!

Caribbean Reef

Attend a diving session at our Caribbean Reef and talk with a diver as he or she feeds the animals! Daily: 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

Wild Reef

Shark in the Wild Reef

Ever wonder why sharks don’t eat the fishes they swim with? Find out during our shark animal chat. Daily: 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 3:45 p.m.

Abbott Oceanarium

beluga animal chat

Understand how trainers and animals build trusting relationships during our beluga and sea lions animal chat. Daily: 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.

Polar Play Zone

penguin animal chat

Encounter the playful residents of the Polar Play Zone during our penguin animal chat. Daily: 9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 4 p.m.

Hours

Fall (Now - June 11)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer (June 11 - Aug 20)
All days: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Hours:
Wednesday, Dec. 13 - Early close at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 24 - Early close at 3 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 25 - Closed.
Monday, Jan 1 - Late opening at 11 a.m. and extended close at 6 p.m.
Monday, Jan 15 - Extended close at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan 16 - Closed
Wednesday, Jan 17 - Closed
Monday, Feb. 19 - Extended close at 6 p.m.

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.

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.

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!

Tips for a great visit

Make the most of your trip with our tips for a great visit!

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