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!
Friday, Oct. 25
Friday, Nov. 15
Friday, Dec. 20
Friday, Oct. 25
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
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:
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 10 people in your group?
Call our Group Reservations number at 312-692-3333.
You can purchase tickets online here. You can purchase tickets online here. If you are purchasing more than 10 adult tickets and/or 10 child tickets, please call (312) 939-2438 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week. Along with your name, phone number, email and address, please be prepared to give us your method of payment.
You can purchase tickets online here. Shedd Aquarium does not reserve blocks of tickets for groups or families attending together. Groups or multiple families attending together are encouraged to purchase tickets individually in non-VIP sleeping areas. VIP sleeping space is limited – call ahead if you are considering a VIP sleeping space for your group. Each parent/guardian with the group must purchase tickets for their family and compete the participant survey. If you have questions about capacity for your group on a given date, please email us at [email protected] or call 312-939-2438 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week.
Yes. Please complete the participant survey to enable us to assign your sleeping area near others in your party who have purchased their tickets separately.
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.
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.
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.