Upcoming Shedd Events

Calm Waters: Extended Hours for Guests with Disabilities

A couple with their son at a touch poolWednesday, Nov. 14
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Price: $10 (free for members)
Calm Waters is an exclusive event for guests with disabilities to explore Shedd Aquarium’s exhibits and experiences in a comfortable and accepting environment. Modifications for this event will include limited capacity and streamlined entry with advanced registration. Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Private Personalized Tours

Nov. 15, 20
Dec. 6, 20

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Price: Adult $74.95, Child $64.95 ($35 for members)
Want to experience Shedd like an insider? Join one of our experts on this mini-tour of Shedd hotspots! Share your favorite animals when you register to set the agenda for your guide! Guests will visit up to three habitats during this 45-minute guided walk through Shedd's main galleries. Purchase tickets >

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Adult Mornings: Yoga + Animals

Nov. 17
8-10 a.m.
Price: $35 ($25 for members)
Before Shedd opens, our animals are already starting their day. Calm your body and mind surrounded by underwater seascapes with a yoga class in one of Shedd’s peaceful animal exhibits before we open to the public. After class, look nature in the eye with an up-close animal experience. BYO yoga mat. Purchase tickets >

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Family Mornings: Game Day at Shedd!

Nov. 25
10 a.m. to noon
Price: $40 ($30 for members)
Thanksgiving weekend is full of games and fun. Spend the morning exploring how animals at Shedd Aquarium stay healthy through play. Go behind the scenes to get an up-close look at our play experts, the sea otters! With tips from our animals, test your play skills in our obstacle course. Dress to play and represent your favorite sports team or physical activity! Purchase tickets >

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Adult Programs: Wine and Waves

Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m.
Dec. 12, 6-9 p.m.

Price: $60 ($50 for members)
The underwater world has long inspired artists. Now gain a new perspective on the beautiful underwater seascapes at Shedd! Spend an hour learning about an animal habitat, followed by an artist-led painting class of that space after we close to the public. Grab your friends and turn this class into a fun night out with a drink from the cash bar. Purchase tickets >

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Holiday Breakfast at Shedd

Girl with SantaSunday, Dec. 2
Sunday, Dec. 9
Saturday, Dec. 15
Sunday, Dec. 16
Saturday, Dec. 22
Sunday, Dec. 23

It's the most wonderful time of the year... Shedd's holiday breakfast! Join us for breakfast, a 4-D Experience and more surprises. Ticket sales are now live!

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Youth Mornings: Stay Warm Out There!

Dec. 2
9 a.m. to noon
Price: $40 ($30 for members)
The temperature is dropping—are your kids dressed up to stay warm? Learn how animals stay warm in the deep ocean, the Antarctic and even a Great Lakes in winter.  You’ll have fun doing science during this day of exploring the most impressive cold-climate animals. Purchase tickets >

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Asleep with the Fishes

Mother and daughter sleeping overnight at SheddFriday, Dec. 7
6 p.m. 
Price: From $50 to $125 ($30 to $110 for members)
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. Learn more and purchase tickets>

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Family Mornings: Who's Hungry?

Dec. 8
10 a.m. to noon
Price: $40 ($30 for members)
Discover what Shedd’s animals, from sea jellies to sea lions, eat and how our animal care team prepares so many diverse nutritious meals 365 days a year. Meet an animal up close, and help chop and cut to make a healthy meal for our animals. You’ll also receive recipes for your own delicious snacks made from the same foods! Dress to cook, with closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bring an apron, if you like.  Purchase tickets >

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Adult Mornings: Shedd's Morning Routine

Dec. 15
10 a.m.-noon
Price: $35 ($25 for members)
What’s your morning routine? Adults can see how Shedd staff members and animals get ready for each day. Go behind the scenes to watch our aquarists prepare morning meals, meet an animal up close to learn more about its diet, and sample juice blends inspired by our animals’ favorites (fruits and veggies only; no fish smoothies, we promise!). Purchase tickets >

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Great Lakes Action Days

Great Lakes Action DaysVarious dates and locations
Get your hands dirty cleaning beaches, removing invasive plants and collecting important data through citizen science projects. Events are held year-round at natural areas along our local Lake Michigan shore and throughout the Chicago metro area. See all upcoming GLAD dates>

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