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