Open 9 am - 5 pm
Tickets are selling out quickly for today, February 29. Please reserve your tickets in advance.


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.

Tips for a Great Visit

  • Advance tickets highly recommended: Get to the aquatic world faster by booking your ticket in advance. Find the dates you are looking for with ease, knowing first-hand when dates are sold out. 
  • Meet the animals: Sea Star Touch and Sturgeon Touch are open all day every day. Stingray Touch and Stingray Feeding are open during the summer.
  • Exhibit experiences: Check the Calendar: Don't miss our daily Animal Chats and Animal Spotlights to discover more about birds, mammals, fishes and more!
  • Download the Shedd Go! App: Let the Shedd Go app guide you on your aquarium journey, right from your own mobile device. Available for Android and iOS.
  • Accessibility offerings: Wheelchairs, assistive listening devices, and noise-cancelling headphones will be available on a first come, first-served basis and will be sanitized between each use. 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. 
  • Re-entry: Unfortunately, we won't be able to let people back into Shedd once they exit the building.

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 — take home the perfect souvenir! The aquarium has a range of gift shops to meet your needs. 

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. Let us help you choose the best way to get here. 

Our building is evolving! We are constructing a refreshed accessible entrance to more quickly and seamlessly connect guests with the aquatic animal world. During this transformation, guests will enter the aquarium along the half-circle driveway and proceed up the ramp behind the temporary ticketing booth. Learn more about this transformation as part Shedd’s Experience Evolution.

Getting to Shedd

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!