Open 9 am - 5 pm

Dates:

Friday, Oct. 25

Spooky Seas
Grab your costume and join us for our annual Halloween overnight! Meet animals that come out at night, bust myths about animals like snakes and spiders, and learn about the slimy creatures that live below the waves. Show off your costume on the dance floor and enjoy all the tricks and treats that Shedd overnights have to offer! Please note, face masks or costumes with weapons of any kind will not be allowed in the building and will be stopped upon entry.

Friday, Nov. 15

Give Thanks for Animals
Celebrate animals with us as we explore their favorite foods! Who eats what? Who eats WHO? How does Shedd feed 32,000 animals? Find out at this harvest-themed overnight.

Friday, Dec. 20

Winter Wonderland
Grab a cup of cocoa and create fond memories with loved ones at this Winter Wonderland overnight! Explore how animals survive in chilly temperatures and discover how living things illuminate the icy depths with bioluminescence, fluorescence, and more!

Ticket options include:

Regular

Cost: $85/person ($70/member)

Reserve your spot and pack your sleeping bag, jammies and toothbrush. Please note that air mattresses are not allowed in our regular sleeping area. Check out our VIP areas below for this special perk!

Shedd's Caribbean Reef exhibit is surrounded by sleeping bags and air mattresses pressed right up against its sides during an overnight event.

VIP (Caribbean Reef):

Cost: $100/person ($85/member)

VIP guests sleep in premium locations and are permitted to bring one twin-sized air mattress per one or more people, and one queen-sized air mattress per two or more people. You'll sleep around the Caribbean Reef exhibit, home to green sea turtle Nickel and bonnethead sharks.

The Patterns room in Underwater beauty has dark blue walls lined with flat and round habitats bulging from the walls. Five large, oblong panels hang from the ceiling, patterns cut into them reminiscent of the patterns found on corals and casting shadows on the floor as the overhead lighting passes through them.

VIP (Underwater Beauty)

Cost: $110/person ($95/member)

VIP guests sleep in premium locations and are permitted to bring one twin-sized air mattress per one or more people, and one queen-sized air mattress per two or more people. You'll sleep in the Underwater Beauty special exhibit featuring stunning creatures like mantis shrimp, ribbon eels and weedy seadragons.

Air mattresses and sleeping bags are laid out beneath the curving, floor-to-ceiling glass of the Wild Reef shark habitat during one of Shedd's family overnight events.

VIP (Wild Reef)

Cost: $120/person ($100/member)

VIP guests sleep in premium locations and are permitted to bring one twin-sized air mattress per one or more people, and one queen-sized air mattress per two or more people. You'll sleep in the Wild Reef exhibit, featuring corals, rays and sharks of the Philippines.

A girl in underwater viewing holds a beluga toy against the window, and a whale comes to investigate.

VIP (Oceanarium)

Cost: $130/person ($110/member)

VIP guests sleep in premium locations and are permitted to bring one twin-sized air mattress per one or more people, and one queen-sized air mattress per two or more people. Wake up next to penguins, whales and dolphins! You'll sleep in the underwater viewing area of the Abbott Oceanarium.

Evening only

Cost: $40/person ($30/member)

Join our special activities without staying the night.

More than 10 people in your group?

Call our Group Reservations number at 312-692-3333.

Asleep with the Fishes FAQs

Age

Activities are geared for children ages 5 to 12 years. Participants must be at least 5 years old to stay overnight. Participants 4 and younger are invited attend with an evening-only ticket.

Time

Doors open at 6 p.m. Guests may depart the next day any time before 8:30 a.m.

Pricing

Evening only: $40
Regular:$85 
VIP: $100-130
Members receive discounted pricing.

What Is Included

Admission to Shedd, including all exhibits, as well as a late-night snack and continental breakfast.

Activities

Overnights at Shedd include animal and science activities, an aquatic presentation, animal encounters, aquatic crafts, a scavenger hunt and a Caribbean Reef feeding dive.

Questions?

Contact us by email or call 312-939-2438.