Plan a Visit

Tips for a great visit

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Labor Day, Sept. 3.

Shedd is a popular place to visit, with lines sometimes reaching a wait time of 2½ hours. Buy your tickets in advance online and print at home for immediate entry via Will Call.

If you plan on visiting more than one cultural attraction while in Chicago, purchase a Chicago CityPASS. You'll save 50% off admission to Shedd Aquarium, plus 4 more top Chicago attractions.

Arrive early. Not only will you have the best views of your favorite animals, but it’s the best time to get up-close to your favorite animals.

Discover our wide-open spaces behind the scenes! Register for one of our extraordinary experiences, like a beluga encounter, penguin encounter, trainer for a day, or behind-the-scenes tours. All extraordinary experiences include express admission.

Dress for comfort. The weather in Chicago can be tricky in early spring, so be sure to look for weather updates prior to your arrival.

Pack light. If you’re traveling with a toddler, we recommend using an umbrella stroller. It’s easier than larger models for negotiating exhibits and elevators.

Take public transportation to the aquarium. It's cheaper than driving and parking, and the CTA delivers you almost to our door.

Plan your visit before you arrive with one of our self-guided Ten Fun Finds tours. Concentrate on several select exhibits rather than rushing to “do” the whole aquarium.

Take breaks! Shedd's aquatic show and the 4-D Experience give you a chance to sit down. 

Don’t miss our live dives in the Caribbean Reef. Check the schedule in the Shedd map when you arrive.

Save time, buy online

Avoid standing in line—buy your tickets in advance online. and proceed directly to will-call.

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