Open 9 am - 2 pm (Early Close)
Shedd Aquarium will be closing at 2:00 p.m. today for a private event.
Two guests wearing winter coats peer into a bright Wild Reef habitat
A guest crouches next to a round habitat to take a photo of the giant clams inside.

Shedd After Hours is a time for adults 21+ to relax, take in spectacular skyline views, and meet beluga whales and bluegills, stingrays and sturgeons. Events feature a variety of special programming, from salsa dancing 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.

Additional upgrade: After Hours Polar Tour, including a look behind the scenes

Join us for a chance to learn more about aquatic animals that thrive in cold climates. In this 30-minute tour, you’ll hear how otters, belugas and penguins adapt to their frigid environments, then pop behind the scenes to our marine mammals kitchen to learn how Shedd creates icy treats for these animals.

Space is limited, so call today to reserve your spot: 312-939-2438.

Price: $15 (does not include Shedd admission)

Date and Time

December 18
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]