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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 $39.95
Child (3-12) $29.95

Get ready for unforgettable encounters with belugas and bluegills, stingrays and sturgeons, sea stars and sea otters—and so many more animals from aquatic environments around the world! See penguins fly through chilly waters, sharks cruise in a tropical reef and monkeys scamper through rainforest trees. At Shedd Aquarium, you can look nature in the eye, reach out and touch it, investigate and discover. And get ready for beauty that surprises, inspires, mesmerizes and moves you!

Admission includes all permanent exhibits (listed below), animal presentations, and Stingray Touch (open in the summer). You can even enjoy Shedd's latest special exhibit "Under Water Beauty", featuring 100 species from around the world embody living art shaped by the unmatched forces of nature and time. Watch sea jellies pulse, eels ribbon and a rainbow come alive with reef fishes.

  • Waters of the World:From deep-sea giant crabs and kelp forest sharks to rainbow-hued African lake cichlids and prehistoric Lake Michigan sturgeons that you can touch, you’ll meet a dizzying array of animals from Earth’s aquatic habitats.
  • Caribbean Reef: Take a 360-degree tour of an coral reef community home to stingrays, sharks, colorful schooling fishes and a sea turtle with an inspiring rescue story!
  • Amazon Rising: This floodplain forest is home to fishes, frogs, turtles, snakes, lizards, birds, monkeys and even tarantulas! See how they all thrive throughout the Amazon’s annual flood cycle.
  • Abbott Oceanarium: Dolphins leap, beluga whales chirp, sea otters play and sea lions bark in this re-creation of a Pacific Northwest coastal ecosystem.
  • Wild Reef: Get a diver’s-eye view of sharks, stingrays, morays, live corals, and other sea lifeanimals unique to the reefs life inof the Philippines. Then stroll through a fishing village to learn how residents saved their reef from destruction.
  • Polar Play Zone: With live penguins for inspiration, childrenKids can step into a penguin suit costume and try out life as a bird, then explore polar waters in a kid-sized submarine.
The Go Chicago Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes Shedd Aquarium tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

Getting In

Priority entry! Go directly to the will call door and present your pass at the counter.


Weekdays: 9:00am-5:00pm
Weekends & holidays: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Extended summer hours (June 15 - August 18): Daily 9:00am - 6:00pm


Christmas Day. All hours are subject to change without notice. Please visit website for the most up-to-date operating hours.


For an additional fee, you may also purchase tickets at the will call ticket desk (pending availability) for a 4-D Experience.

Shedd Aquarium is located on the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour route at stop number 7: Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive


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.

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