Upcoming Shedd Events

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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Kayak for Conservation

A woman kayakingJuly 12 through Oct. 27
Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 to 11 a.m. 
Price: Free ($23 refundable deposit required)
In our Kayak for Conservation program, we invite you to hop in a kayak, paddle along the North Branch Canal of the Chicago River and visit Shedd’s River Island, a new, uniquely designed floating habitat. Along the way, you will learn about the Chicago River ecosystem, discover the native flora and fauna above and below the water’s surface and learn how this habitat is benefiting native wildlife! Learn more and reserve a spot >

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Shedd Boat Excursion: Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan SunsetJuly 23-27
10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Price: $25 ($20 for Members)
This summer, Chicagoans can connect with the aquatic life in their own backyard on our Shedd Boat Excursion: Lake Michigan. Spark your curiosity alongside Shedd experts by discovering what lives in our great lake on a 1½-hour boat excursion. Take part in hands-on activities exploring local waters and the animals that call them home—then learn how you can help protect both! Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Shedd Aquarium Science Pub: Shark Trivia at Trader Todd’s

SharkTuesday, July 24
7:30 p.m.
Price: $15 ($10 for members)
21+
Support Shedd’s campaign to #KeepSharksSwimming as you sip a tropical cocktail and test your shark IQ, from whale sharks to wobegongs. You’ll also hear stories from Shedd shark scientist Steve Kessel, Ph.D., who dives into Caribbean waters to study some of the healthiest shark populations on the planet! A prize will be awarded to the winning team! Learn more and purchase tickets >

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Shark Jazzin' at the Shedd

Shark in the Wild ReefJuly 25
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: $25
Shedd shark scientist Steve Kessel, Ph.D., will discuss his current conservation research project in the Bahamas and Shedd’s conservation campaign, Keep Sharks Swimming. Afterward, cruise the aquarium and let our knowledgeable volunteers introduce you to sleek blacktip reef sharks, low-profile wobbegongs, compact bonnetheads and more! Learn more and purchase tickets >

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BLU: Behold the Beauty

A pink fish in Underwater BeautyAug. 18
6 p.m. to Midnight
Price: $150
BLU: Behold the Beauty will celebrate the diversity of beauty worth saving found in Shedd’s new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty. Explore color, rhythm, shimmer and pattern with special animal encounters, top restaurants from across Chicago and dancing on our beautiful outdoor terrace. All the while, you’ll be supporting Shedd’s mission to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. 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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