Plan a Visit

Group Visit Information

Tour Operators
1. Choose your preferred dates and experiences. (Group visits require a minimum of 15 people.)
2. Book your reservation with this online form, or fax or e-mail this reservation form. (Reservations cannot be completed by phone.)
3. You'll receive confirmation of your request within ten days.

If you’ve got a question about an existing reservation or confirmation, please e-mail, referring to your confirmation number. Or call us at 312-692-3333 with your confirmation number handy.

Group Orientation
When you arrive at the aquarium, you will be welcomed by a Shedd staff member who will give you a brief orientation. Feel free to ask questions about your visit!

Bus Drop-off
Buses will drop off groups using the bus turnaround located on the south side of the aquarium. The registered group entrance is located up the ramp from the turnaround. Please remind your bus drivers that this is a no-idle zone.

Bus Parking
Limited parking for buses is available. Contact Standard Parking at 312-235-7701 or visit for more information.

Brown-bag lunchroom reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For box lunch reservations, please call Michelle Daciolas at 312-692-2779 or e-mail

Aquarium Hours
Find updated information here.

Winter (Labor Day through Memorial Day)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Illinois Resident Discount Days
On Illinois Resident Discount Days, general admission is free, and group packages are available at a discounted rate. Illinois Resident Discount Days are sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund.

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