Open 9 am - 6 pm
Shedd Admission tickets and Member Passes are SOLD OUT this day. We also experiencing a high call volume. We appreciate your patience as we work to answer guest calls.

Safety precautions

  • Masks strongly recommended for non-vaccinated guests (over the age of 2).
  • Advance purchase of timed tickets is required.
  • Hand sanitizer available for guests and staff.
  • Increased cleaning in high-touch areas.
  • Plexiglass shields at all counters.
  • High-touch experiences will gradually resume, including Sea Star & Sturgeon Touch.

Help protect our community! 

Do you have a fever, cough or feel short of breath? Have you been exposed to someone with these symptoms? Are you visiting from a state or have you recently visited a state that is a part of the City of Chicago's Emergency Travel Order?

Join us at a later date! Already have tickets? Call 312-939-2438 or email [email protected] and we’ll gladly reschedule your visit.


General Admission Chicago Residents Shedd Members
Adult $39.95 $19.95 Free
Children (3–11) $29.95 $14.95 Free

Shedd Aquarium spans 276,000 square feet of public space, with significant room for social distancing.

Creating the best experience for you

We are always looking for ways to enhance our member and guest experience here at Shedd Aquarium. We implemented timed tickets during COVID to help monitor capacity and in doing so, we found that our members and guests had a better experience. 

As a commitment to you, we are requiring advance purchase of online tickets to continue on this momentum. 

  • Two girls reach into the cold salty water of an open-topped tide pool in Polar Play Zone to gently touch the bumpy, soft ridges of a sea star.

    Enriching experiences

    Experience the aquatic world deeper with an even flow attendance

  • Two magellanic penguins are showns with their stubby wings extended for balance and their chests puffed up as they waddle along the pebbled oceanarium walkway during an aquatic presentation.

    Seamless visits

    Avoid lines and waiting outside of the aquarium for entry

  • The mandarin dragonet is a tiny fish about the size of one's thumb, constantly fanning its fins as it searches for food along the reefs where it lives.

    Easier booking

    Find the dates you are looking for at ease and know first-hand when dates are sold out

Late hours

Flower Hat Jellies in Underwater Beauty

Can't make it to Shedd Aquarium on weekdays? Introducing late hours! 

Visit us on Wednesday evenings this June and July for a chance to explore the aquarium after work or school. Stroll through Shedd’s historic galleries, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium and our special exhibit, Underwater Beauty after hours. 

Evening tickets are available every Wednesday evening, from June 16 to July 28. Advance purchase required. Last entry is 7 p.m. and the aquarium will close at 9 p.m.

Exhibits: For animal care, lights in the Amazon Rising exhibit will dim at 7 p.m. and last entry for Abbott Oceanarium is 7:45 p.m.; last entry for Shedd’s historic galleries, special exhibit Underwater Beauty and Wild Reef is 8:45 p.m. Find out which animals really get going at night.

Food and beverage: BubbleNet Food Court will be open for food and beverage purchase. The north and lakeside terraces will be open for seating for guests with food and beverage purchases.

Gift shop: Yes, the gift shop will be open! Bring home a souvenir from the Shedd store.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Jazzin' is currently paused. Visit the Jazzin' page for the latest updates.

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Aquarium changes

  • Paused experiences: The Aquatic Presentation is still paused. Visit our frequently asked questions for more details.
  • Touch experiences: Stingray Touch and Stingray Feeding are open daily, weather permitting. Sea Star Touch and Sturgeon Touchwill gradually resume with limited hours as the animals reacclimate.
  • Exhibit experiences: We've adjusted our fish IDs to automatically scroll in order to convey information.
  • Water fountains: For your safety, water fountains will not be available. Guests may purchase water or use a bottle refilling station.
  • Cash or credit? If you are looking to make a purchase, bring a credit card if possible. Cash sales will be limited to reduce close contact between staff and guests.
  • 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 4 p.m. daily. 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.

Keeping you safe

Before your visit

  • We implemented timed entry to keep an even flow of guests throughout the day. 
  • Guests will now choose an available entry time when purchasing tickets online. Please purchase tickets in advance for the best possible experience. 

During your visit

  • We increased our rigorous cleaning efforts with guests and animals in mind. 
  • We’ve installed additional hand sanitization stations throughout the aquarium. The entire building will also get a deep cleaning every night after closing. 


In an effort to keep all staff and visitors safe, we have implemented the following guidelines regarding face masks:

Recommended masks

  • Non-medical disposable masks
  • Masks that fit properly (snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face)
  • Masks made with breathable fabric (such as cotton)
  • Masks made with tightly woven fabric (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source)
  • Masks with two or three layers and with inner filter pockets

Masks not recommended

  • Masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)
  • Masks made from materials that are hard to breathe through (such as plastic or leather)
  • Masks made from loosely woven fabric or that are knitted, i.e., fabrics that let light pass through
  • Masks with one layer
  • Masks with exhalation valves or vents
  • Wearing a scarf/ski mask as a mask

Who needs to wear a mask?

Starting Friday, June 11, Masks are strongly recommended for all visitors over the age of 2 who are not fully vaccinated. Please continue to wear a mask if you visit before that date or are unvaccinated.

Once I have the vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask and social distance?

Given updated CDC, State and City guidelines, Shedd no longer requires fully vaccinated individuals to wear a face covering.

What if I am unable to wear a mask due to a disability or medical condition?

You may substitute a face shield as an alternative. Please bring your face shield and wear it as you arrive for your timed entry. We ask that all guests who are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, please contact us to reschedule your visit. If you any questions, please contact us directly at 312-939-2438. Learn more about our accessibility offerings.

Enhanced cleaning measures

Enhanced daytime cleanings and nightly deep cleanings

  • All touch points and hard surfaces throughout the aquarium are disinfected, not just the frequently touched surfaces. 
  • When you walk around the aquarium, you will see our “Sanitation Squad” at work. This is a newly implemented group that wipes down areas where they are stationed and joins forces to focus on railings, reading rails, elevator interiors, seating areas, exhibits, counter tops, interactive screens, etc.
  • A specialized custodial team wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) cleans the aquarium overnight. The team uses electrostatic sprayers, misters and vacuum equipment with high-efficiency particular air (HEPA) filters to make sure hard to reach surfaces are not missed. Not all of this equipment will visible to guests as it’s used after-hours.
  • The disinfectants we use are on the EPA N list of approved disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and are in widespread use by the healthcare industry.

Augmented custodial staff

We’ve reviewed our sanitation rounds and added additional touch points to ensure cleanliness of the aquarium. Our staff has also been augmented with sanitation and atomizing experts using specialty equipment.

Building ventilation and air flow

  • Shedd Aquarium is operating under ASHRAE COVID-19 Building Readiness/Reopening Guidance dated May 7, 2020.
  • All of our air handlers are running 24-hours, 7-days a week.
  • Each day 2 hours before we open and 2 hours after we close, we perform a flushing of the building. This includes operating the exhaust fans as well as opening the outside air dampers to 100%.
  • We have increased our pre-filter change out schedule and changed our final filters to MERV 14.
  • The interiors of our air handlers and air conditioning coils have been disinfected prior to our reopening and will be a part of scheduled preventive maintenance of the aquarium.

EPA cleaning guidelines

We are implementing disinfectant spraying for our bathrooms multiple times daily, a practice commonly used by hospitals and airlines, to supplement the enhanced cleaning measures already in place. We ask for your patience as bathrooms will be closed sporadically to accomplish this task. All disinfecting and sanitation products have been certified safe for humans and our animals per the EPA and our own onsite chemist.


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Shedd Aquarium

1200 S. 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.

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!

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COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting Shedd Aquarium, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Please follow protection measures as outlined by the CDC before and during your visit.