Upcoming Shedd Events

Asleep with the Fishes

Mother and daughter sleeping overnight at SheddFriday, May 24
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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Shedd Yoga Flow

A woman doing YogaMay 26, June 8 and 23
8-10 a.m.
Price: $40 ($35 for members)
Before Shedd opens for the day, calm your body and mind with a yoga class, surrounded by the animals in one of our peaceful habitats. After class, look nature in the eye with an up-close animal encounter or behind-the-scenes experience. Learn more and purchase tickets >

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After Hours: Penguin Party

Penguin with ice cubeThursday, May 30
6 to 10 p.m.
Price: $24.95 ($19.95 for Chicago residents)
Free for Shedd members
Spend an evening at Shedd with cocktails, fresh eats and loveable penguins! Enjoy special penguin appearances and meet the Shedd team that helps rescue, rehabilitate and release endangered African penguins in partnership with the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB). Ages 21+. Black and white attire encouraged.

Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Jazzin' at the Shedd

Man playing the guitar at Jazzin'Every Wednesday evening, June 19 through Aug. 28
5 to 10 p.m.
Price: $24.95 ($19.95 for Chicago residents)
Free for members
Live jazz lives at Shedd every Wednesday night this summer! Jazzin’ at the Shedd is back with a festival-worthy lineup of three of Chicago’s top jazz ensembles each week. As the sun goes down and the music heats up, relax with a drink on our breezy terrace. Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Kayak for Conservation

A woman kayakingJune through September
In Shedd Aquarium’s Kayak for Conservation program, we invite you to join us on one of two programs in which you’ll paddle along the North Branch Canal of the Chicago River and visit Shedd’s River Islands, new, uniquely designed floating habitat. Along the way, you’ll learn about the Chicago River ecosystem, discover the native flora and fauna above and below the water’s surface and learn how this new habitat is benefiting native wildlife. Learn more and reserve a spot >

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Family Workshop: Underwater Rhythm

jellySunday, Jun. 2
10 a.m. to noon
Price: $35 ($30 for members)
Get inspired by our Underwater Beauty animals, which pulse, dance and sway. Explore movement and sound in this creative workshop. Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Shedd Pride Night

Pride FlagFriday, June 14
5 to 9 p.m.
Price: $24.95 ($19.95 for Chicago residents)
Free for Shedd members
Shedd Aquarium celebrates the diversity of the natural world and of our city! During this LGBTQ community night, connect with animals and savor the Chicago skyline. Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Aquarium Adventure Kids: What Do We Learn from Animal Poop?

man with microscopeJun. 15, 2019
9 a.m. to noon
$35 ($30 for members)
From a penguin to a sea otter, an animal’s poop can tell us a lot about its diet and health. Get the scoop on Shedd animals in a whole new way by investigating their poop! Put your nose to the test! Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Family Festivals

girl guestJune 16
10 a.m. to noon
Price: $25 ($20 for members)
Celebrate our amazing natural world with the whole family! Held on special celebration days throughout the year, admission to this program allows you to see animals up close, explore hands-on activities, get creative with take-home crafts and party with a purpose! Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Camp Shedd: Summer Splash

Stingray TouchSession 1: June 17-21
Session 2: August 12-16
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Price: $325 ($295 for members)
Join us for a week of summer camp to explore the world of animal super powers! Your camper will look nature in the eye as they meet animals up close, explore Shedd Aquarium’s habitats and take part in hands-on science activities that uncover animal adaptations. Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Family Workshop: Exploring the Colorful Aquatic World

Giant Pacific OctopusSunday, Jun. 23
10 a.m. to noon
Price: $35 ($30 for members)
Explore the concept of color in the natural world, inspired by Shedd’s special exhibit, Underwater BeautyLearn more and purchase tickets >

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Summer Road Trip

Session 1: June 24 - 29
Session 2: August 5 - 10
Grades 6-8

Price: $400 a person
Are you ready to explore the great outdoors? Join us this summer for a week of excitement and exploration. We’ll use the aquarium as our home base as we set out on a new adventure every day. At each destination, outdoor activities and environmental investigations will open your mind and spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. The week will end with an overnight stay at the aquarium!  Learn more >

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Family Workshop: Upcycled Art

Sunday, July 7
10 a.m. to noon
Price: $35 ($30 for members)
Animals thrive in clean, healthy environments. Learn more about what animals need, explore healthy habitats and keep trash out of the environment by creating an upcycled art project. Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Aquarium Adventure Kids: Do Animals Lose Teeth Too?

stingrayJul. 20, 2019
9 a.m. to noon
$35 ($30 for members)
Row upon row of sharp, slicing teeth. A circle of five beaklike teeth that scrape the seafloor. From sharks to sea urchins, different animals have specialized teeth for the job of eating. Become a dental detective and see what you can learn about an animal just from its teeth! Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Teen Science Expedition: The Bahamas

July 2019
Grades 9-12

Price: $4,500 ($4,200 for members)
What it’s like to be a marine biologist? Join us for Teen Science Expedition: The Bahamas to find out! You’ll get firsthand experience exploring the coral reefs of the Bahamas using scientific techniques to learn about the animals and their habitats. Working from Shedd’s research vessel, you’ll experience life as a marine science researcher, immersing yourself in discoveries by conducting research and learning about important Bahamian ecological challenges.  Learn more >

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Teen Science Expedition: Apostle Islands

July 2019
Grades 9-12

Price: $2,100 ($1,900 for members)
Imagine kayaking through a sea cave and exploring North America’s largest freshwater lake. Now make it a reality: Join us in the Apostle Islands as we discover the beauties of Lake Superior's natural treasures while learning about aquatic science and exploring the ecology of the Great Lakes region. No camping or kayaking experience is necessary. Learn more >

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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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