Open 9 am - 9 pm (Late Close)
Night Dives: Illinois Resident Free Evenings are SOLD OUT today, Tuesday, July 16.


Members: Free General Admission every day.

Chicago residents: $19.95 Adult General Admission every day.

General Admission: Adult and children (3-11) prices vary - guests can save on Shedd admission by booking in advance. Learn more.

Know Before You Go

  • Advance tickets highly recommended: Secure your spot by booking your tickets in advance. Find the dates you are looking for with ease, knowing first-hand when dates are sold out.
  • Directions and Parking: Between public transportation and parking nearby, you’ll be on your way to Shedd in no time.
  • Accessibility offerings: At the information desk, wheelchairs, assistive listening devices and noise-cancelling headphones are available on a first-come, first-served basis. See details on Shedd’s accessibility offerings.
  • Restaurants: Bubble Net food court and Soundings Café will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 2 hours before the aquarium closes that day. Any food or drink you bring with you or purchase from machines must be consumed in designated areas.
  • Experience Evolution: Shedd is in the process of creating dynamic new exhibits and experiences. During this transformation, select experiences may be unavailable to guests.
  • Re-entry: Guests cannot re-enter after exiting the building.
Sea otter pup on a soft white towel with some faux kelp strips for enrichment.
A closeup of a rockhopper penguin's tufted head

Tips for a Great Visit

Enhance your visit

Shopping and Dining

Soundings Café in Shedd's Oceanarium serves up paninis, soups and sandwiches.
Shedd's main gift store is located just off of the main foyer, and features a large octopus hanging from the ceiling.

Make your day at Shedd even more memorable by taking home the perfect souvenir!

Sit down for a meal or grab a snack at one of our dining options, available on every floor.

Learn more


Shedd Aquarium FAQs

Plan-ahead Pricing FAQs

Plan-ahead Pricing FAQs


An overhead map of the museum campus with parking, bus stops and pedestrian paths highlighted.

Shedd Aquarium

1200 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Between public transportation and parking nearby, you’ll be on your way to Shedd in no time. See directions and parking options here.

Traffic Alerts

Chicago’s Museum Campus can host a variety of special events that affect traffic and parking. Check our traffic alerts to plan your best day at Shedd!