At our Asleep with the Fishes overnights, your family or group will see the aquarium like never before—at night!
Overnights are designed for families and groups with children ages 5-12. All overnights include animal and science activities, an aquatic presentation, animal encounters, aquatic crafts, a scavenger hunt and a Caribbean Reef feeding dive. You’ll also be free to explore any of the open exhibit spaces throughout the evening.
Whether you’re with a group or want to attend an overnight with your family, find your adventure here!
To purchase VIP tickets, select Regular tickets and then add your VIP choice as an upgrade!
Mar. 20, 27
Apr. 17, 24
Friday, Dec. 20
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!
Fridays, Jan. through May, 2020
Asleep with the Fishes
Connect to the world of aquatic life at our classic Shedd overnight!
Ticket options include:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cost: $40/person ($30/member)
Join our special activities without staying the night.
More than 15 people in your group?
Call our Group Reservations number at 312-939-2438.
No refunds will be issued unless Shedd Aquarium cancels the program. Shedd Aquarium reserves the right to cancel the event for any reason. If your event is cancelled, you will be informed via phone as soon as possible. In the event of a cancellation, you will be fully refunded within 30 days. Your refund method will be based on your original method of payment.
You can purchase tickets online here. You may purchase up to 15 tickets online. If you are purchasing more than 15 tickets, see below scenarios for group reservation details.
If your group is smaller than 15 people and you are ready with payment, you can purchase tickets online here.
If your group is larger than 15 people and you are ready with payment, please call (312) 939-2438 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week to make your purchase. Along with your name, phone number, email and address, please be prepared to give us your method of payment.
If you are not ready with payment, but wish to reserve spaces for a group, you may submit a request to hold spots by completing this form. You will hear back from us within 10 business days. Please note that spots may not be held without payment in VIP sleeping areas. If your group wishes to sleep in a VIP area, you may do so by purchasing those tickets online or by calling (312) 939-2438 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week. Shedd will hold your group reservation for up to 30 days. If the reservation is not paid in full within 30 days, your spaces will be released. All reservations will be released 30 days before the event date. Reservations may not be made within 30 days of the event date.
To ensure that members of your group are placed together for sleeping assignments, please send a roster with the names and email addresses of those who will be in attendance. To ensure that everyone in your group gets the most up-to-date information, please include email addresses of the guardians of all children who will be in attendance regardless of whether they will attend the event.
Yes. If you inform us of who is in your group, we will assign your sleeping areas together. Once you have purchased your tickets, please contact us at [email protected] to let us know who is in your group.
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. Adults must attend with a child between the ages 5 and 12. No unaccompanied adults will be permitted to attend the event.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Guests may depart the next day any time before 8:30 a.m.
Evening only: $40
Members receive discounted pricing.
What Is Included
Admission to Shedd, including all exhibits, as well as a late-night snack and continental breakfast.
Overnights at Shedd include animal and science activities, an aquatic presentation, animal encounters, aquatic crafts, a scavenger hunt and a Caribbean Reef feeding dive.
Contact us by email or call 312-939-2438.