Upcoming Shedd Events


Members-only preview for Underwater Beauty

Flower Hat JellyMay 18 through 24
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Members will be among the first to enjoy an exclusive opportunity to see Shedd's stunning new special exhibit before it opens to the public during our special members-only preview days. No reservations are needed, just check in at the Membership Desk. Not a member? Sign up here! >

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Underwater Beauty Exhibit Opening

Fish at SheddMay 25
9 a.m. to close

Celebrate the unbelievable beauty living in our oceans, lakes and rivers with the public opening of Shedd's new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty! Let beauty worth saving inspire you at our Underwater Art Workshop and step-and-repeat photo op. The first 100 guests can also “Spin to Win” a special giveaway! Stay tuned for more opening day activities and prizes. Read more about Underwater Beauty >

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Jazzin' at the Shedd

Man playing the guitar at Jazzin'Every Wednesday evening, Jun. 20 through Oct. 10
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (5 to 9 p.m. in Sept/Oct) 
Price: $25
Every Wednesday evening during the summer, enjoy live jazz, cool drinks and a relaxed visit with 32,000 animals. Take in the Chicago skyline while listening to some of our area's top jazz musicians. It's the perfect way to savor the summer! Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Shedd After Hours

Chicago skylineSelect weekdays during Sept. and Oct.
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Price: $25 (free for Illinois residents)
Shedd After Hours is a time for adults to relax, socialize, enjoy music, dance and take in spectacular skyline views on the lakeside terraces. Starting this fall, Shedd expands its evening offerings to three themed nights a week. Check out all of them: Caribbean flavors and flair, live Latin rhythms and house music. Learn more and 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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