Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium

Located at
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, Illinois 60605
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Category: Family / Kids
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A Fascinating Water World at the Shedd Aquarium

There's plenty of water-centric thrills for the whole family at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. This premier indoor public aquarium brims with unique animal habitats like Caribbean reefs, and intricate island and lake ecosystems that abounds with sharks, reptiles, and exotic fish. Families of all ages will go wild for the Aquatic Show, and feel the rush of a playful Beluga Whale Encounter. With five million gallons of water, nearly 33,000 animals and 1,500 species, you'll undoubtedly be amazed and inspired to explore.


Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults $8, Children $6
Popular Exhibits: Wild Reef, Caribbean Reef, Polar Play Zone, Waters of the World


  • Get up close on a Beluga Encounter
  • Be an aquarium trainer for the day
  • Join the Behind-the-Scenes Tour
  • Explore the Caribbean & Wild Reef
  • Journey to the Arctic in the Polar Play Zone

Animals Of The Aquarium

Visitors will encounter 32,500 animals representing 1,500 species of animals, from majestic dolphins and tropical fish to playful otters and penguins. You'll come face to face with thriving reef habitants teeming with rays, sea jellies, turtles and sharks. Don't miss popular animals like the beluga whales, zebra sharks, lion fish and freshwater rays.

Shedd Aquarium Experiences

From guided tours to beluga whale encounters, discover an array of interactive experiences that let you explore and play. Be a trainer for a day and learn what it takes to become an aquarium keeper. Spot cute waddling penguins on a 30-minute meet-and-greet. The Behind-the-Scenes Tour takes you on an educational journey to the animal healthcare center.


Q1: What will I see at the Aquatic Show?

A1: One of the aquarium's newest attractions offers an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Here, dolphins soar high, friendly beluga whales dance, and sea lions swim effortlessly through the cool waters. At the Oceanarium, animal lovers can catch all the action above the water, or catch watch whales, dolphins and lion swimming below.

Q2: What are popular activities for younger kids?

A2: : At the Polar Play Zone, kids can slide, splash and imagine. Get hands-on at the touch pools and get up close to sea stars, or slip on a penguin suit and pretend you're an Arctic bird in the Icy South Play Area. Young explorers can imagine they're on a thrilling expedition in the kid-sized submarine, and, of course, learn all about polar opposites.

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