Open 9 am - 9 pm (Late Close)
Night Dives: Illinois Resident Free Evenings are SOLD OUT today, Tuesday, July 16.
  • A rockhopper penguin stands in a nook of the penguin habitat.
  • A young man leads his dancing partner in a spin in Shedd's historic Kovler hall.
  • A magellanic penguin floats easily in the water of its habitat, peering through the window at a photographer.
  • A band seated in Shedd's historic Kovler hall play jazz tunes.
  • 'The Great Penguin Party' in art deco typefaces.

Dress how you like! The penguins will be in their tuxes, as always. This Penguin Party is sure to be the cat’s pajamas!

What's Included?

  • An open bar with beer and wine selections (cash bar for cocktails)
  • Delicious hors d'oeuvres
  • Access to the aquarium
  • Music from the Alan Gresik Swing Orchestra
  • Swing dance lessons
  • Penguin chats


    6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Penguin Piano Happy Hour (Kovler Hall)
    6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Penguin Meet & Greet (Kovler Hall)
    7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    VIP Penguin Meet & Greet (VIP Lounge in Bubble Net Food Court)
    7:30 p.m.
    Penguin Chat (Polar Play Zone)
    7:30 p.m.
    Swing Dance Lessons (Kovler Hall)
    8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
    Alan Gresik Swing Orchestra (Kovler Hall)
    8:00 p.m.

    A Flapping Investigation: Magellanic Penguins in Patagonia (Soundings Café)
    8:30 pm.
    Last entry to Wild Reef
    8:45 p.m.
    Penguin Chat (Polar Play Zone)
    9:00 p.m.
    Swing Dance Lessons (Kovler Hall)
    9:30 p.m.
    Last entry to Oceanarium
    10:30 p.m.
    Last call


We believe there should be no boundaries to your Shedd Aquarium experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at [email protected].


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