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On rare occasions this attraction closes early due to private functions outside of the control of Smart Destinations.

Shedd Aquarium tickets

Gate Prices Adult $30.95
Child (3-12) $21.95

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Shedd Aquarium is a gateway to an underwater world filled with 32,000 fascinating marine animals from a range of diverse habitats.

Visitors will see animals from freshwater, marine, terrestrial, and even aerial environments at the Shedd’s award-winning exhibits and be able to get up close to sharks, dolphins, piranhas, beluga whales, turtles, and more.

Admission to the Shedd Aquarium includes access to the following exhibits:

  • Waters of the World: Travel the world from the rivers of Asia to the Great Lakes at home with 80 habitats and explore the diverse ecosystems and their fascinating animal populations on display.
  • Caribbean Reef: Take a 360 degree tour of an underwater reef community occupied by sea turtles, moray eels, rays, bright colored tropical fish, and even sharks.
  • Amazon Rising: Explore the terrain and animal life unique to the Amazon. You’ll see indigenous species from both the dry season and the flood season when rains raise the river as much as 30 feet.
  • Abbott Oceanarium: Fresh water meets the ocean in the vibrant coastal ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest. This unique seascape is home to beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, fishes, and invertebrates.
  • Wild Reef: This award-winning exhibit takes visitors on a trip to a fishing village where residents saved their coral reef from destruction. You’ll get a diver’s-eye view of sharks, stingrays, live coral, and other sea life unique to reef life in the Philippines.
  • Polar Play Zone: Kids can step into a penguin suit and try out life as a bird in the Icy South or learn about marine life explorations in the waters of the Icy North in a kid-sized submarine.
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Getting In

Priority Entry! Go directly to the Will Call door and present your pass at the counter.


Weekdays: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Weekends and Holidays: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Extended Summer Hours (June 13-August 21): Daily, 9:00 am-6:00 pm


Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.


You may also purchase tickets at the Will Call ticket desk (pending availability) to the Aquatic Show, Amphibians, or a 4-D Experience for an additional fee.

Shedd Aquarium is located on the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour route at stop number 8: Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr.


On Chicago's Museum Campus
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Driving Directions

From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 18th Street. Follow Museum Campus Drive around Soldier Field. Signs will indicate visitor parking. Shedd Aquarium is just north of the parking garage and the Field Museum.

Public Transportation

Take CTA: Red, Orange, or Green Line to the Roosevelt Road/Museum Campus stop. Take CTA bus #146 from points north or south.

Reviews for Shedd Aquarium

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We Liked The Aquarium
By Barry J Hall Verified Reviewer from wichita ks on
Great Pizza, Experiencing The Rays, Cool 4d Show
Getting Caught In Crowds, Dolphin Show Seemed Amiss,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

This was my first time experiencing an aquarium so I have nothing to compare to, but as far as "my opinion" goes, this is a really nice place to go. Going into this I knew I'd be facing crowds but there were times my daughter and I could find ourselves on a slightly different rhythm, which made things better. All in all I recommend it.

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[3 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

A must in Chicago!
By Jujumomma from St. Louis, MO on
Moved To Front Of Line
Best Uses:
For anyone
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

We moved to the front of the line.

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[8 of 10 customers found this review helpful]

a MUST-see for anyone with kids
By Mom of 3 from Grand Rapids, MI on
a must-see, Convenient, Entertaining, Family-oriented
Can Get Crowded,
Best Uses:
Skip the line,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

Anyone who has been to the Shedd knows the worst part is the line. With our Go Chicago cards we were able to skip the line and get inside right when it opened. My kids LOVED it and I couldn't believe how much there was to see. This might become an annual family trip and I will definitely use the Go Chicago card every time.

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