Open 9 am - 5 pm (Early Close)
Illinois Resident Free Day
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.
A guest poses for a selfie in front of Shedd's Caribbean Reef

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].

Date and time

May 21
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.

Getting to Shedd

Public transportation is encouraged. Learn more about getting to Shedd.