Open 9 am - 5 pm (Early Close)
The Shedd After Hours branding features a dark circle, with 'Shedd After Hours' typeset over it. A glowing effect has been applied to the letters to make them look luminous over the dark art. A rainbow line of simply illustrated fishes swims from the left to the right along the bottom half of the composition.
Two sea otter pups lie side by side with their eyes squinted shut in slumber.

Shedd After Hours is a time for adults 21+ to relax, take in spectacular skyline views and meet unbelievable aquatic animals from blue sea stars to beluga whales. Events feature a variety of special programming, from sought-after DJs or bands to animal encounters and science stories. Grab your tickets for a grown-up getaway to Shedd Aquarium, with delicious eats and dynamite cocktails available for purchase.

Admission includes all permanent and special exhibits, touch experiences and entertainment. Food, beverages and 4-D Experiences are available for purchase.

A photo ID is required for entry.

For groups of 15 or more, contact [email protected].

Music line-up:

Acoustic guitarist Todd Kessler
A Chicago-based singer/songwriter and an alum of NBC's The Voice, Todd Kessler is known for his honest songs and unforgettable voice. Drawing influence from the classic folk and Americana tradition as well as from the singers/songwriters of the 1960s and '70s, Todd tells universal stories with a timeless sound. When he's not writing, recording, or touring, he can be seen locally, hosting the monthly series Todd Kessler Presents: Songwriters In the Round at Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights.

Chicago Street Strings
Chicago Street Strings, also known as ChiSS, started in the summer of 2012 as a busking duo. The group has grown to include a roster of talented musicians that can play anything from Bach to the Beatles, Irish jigs to Bon Jovi. The goal of ChiSS is to provide events with creative, affordable and enjoyable music. Tonight’s performance features violinist Hannah Watson and cellist Leyla Royale.

Ticket add-on:

Learn how to prepare a romantic meal just in time for Valentine’s Day. Join our executive chef, Steven Hipp, as he creates a delicious dinner while teaching the importance of using sustainably sourced seafood. A sample of the dish and a glass of wine are included.
Recipe: Beef tenderloin with marinated shrimp, parsnip puree and asparagus tips
Admission is required.

We recommend that guests with shellfish and seafood allergies do not participate in this cooking demonstration

Date and time

February 13
6-10 p.m.
Online ticket sales only


$24.95 ($19.95 for Chicago residents)
$14.95 for Shedd members

Discounted daytime rates do not apply to evening events.



Photo ID required for entry.


All permanent and special exhibits, touch experiences*, and entertainment.

Some exhibits close early. Refer to event signage for more information.

*Stingray Touch is open late-May to early-Sept.


At Shedd Aquarium, we believe there should be no boundaries to your experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us. We look forward to assisting you.


For groups of 15 or more, contact [email protected].