Plan a Visit
Whether you're visiting from out of town or just want to spend an exciting night in the city, you can find wonderful accommodations close to Shedd Aquarium. Shedd was recognized as “Favorite Cultural Institution” at Chicago’s 2011 Concierge Preferred Awards.
Shedd VIP Tickets are available for advance purchase at our select Chicago Hotel Partners listed below. Tickets are either for individual sale or part of a special hotel room package. Please check with your preferred hotel for its Shedd VIP Ticket policy!
323 E. Wacker Drive — 1-888-73-Swiss
Swissôtel Chicago and Shedd Aquarium present a new kid's suite, Designed for Kids, a specialty room designed to allow children to have the comforts and fun of home while staying at Swissôtel Chicago. The room is being developed to offer young travelers a fun exploration of aquatic life with books, movies and puzzles. When families purchase a stay in the children's room they will receive four complimentary tickets to Shedd Aquarium and kids eat free in Geneva Restaurant, room service and the lobby lounge when ordering from the Designed for Kids menu.
Best Western Plus River North Hotel
125 West Ohio Street — 312-467-0800
Free parking and an indoor pool are just two reasons to choose Best Western Plus River North Hotel. Featuring 150 guest rooms and suites, full service restaurant and lounge, fitness room and sundeck, the Best Western Plus River North Hotel offers an ideal location with affordable rates. The city’s best shopping and nightlife are just steps away from the hotel. Our hotel restaurant specializes in Chicago style pizza. Shedd Aquarium All-Access VIP tickets can be purchased at our hotel front desk. VIP tickets allow you to bypass the ticket-purchase line and enjoy all the aquarium has to offer.
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Ave. — 312-836-0100
Located amid the world-famous shops and restaurants on Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile rises to every occasion. Book our Shedd Aquarium Package ranging from $209 – $289 and receive a newly renovated deluxe guest room and two VIP guest passes to Shedd Aquarium.
LaQuinta Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown
One S. Franklin Street — 312-558-1020
Located four short blocks from Union Station and 1.5 miles from the Shedd. This one-year old hotel features 241 vibrant rooms, an indoor pool, fitness and business center. Our package includes two VIP tickets to Shedd Aquarium, a room with one king or two double beds, free breakfast, free high-speed internet, and an indoor pool and spa, to make your hotel stay a value-added winter retreat. Children under 18 stay free in same room with adults. We are pet-friendly as well! Additional VIP tickets are sold separately through our front desk.
800 S. Michigan Ave. — 312-939-2800
Chicago’s Essex Inn is a downtown hotel located on Michigan Avenue, within walking distance to many attractions including Shedd Aquarium. Combine breathtaking views of Grant Park, the Museum Campus and Lake Michigan with exciting packages such as the Whale of a Package - includes two VIP tickets to Shedd Aquarium with admission into the special exhibit, Jellies and an overnight stay at the hotel. When you stay with Essex Inn, you get amazing views and amazing value with contemporary rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, an all-season rooftop pool, complimentary shuttle to the Shedd and more!
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
216 East Ontario Street — 312-787-3777
The Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown is located one block from North Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, and within walking distance to Navy Pier. The Sleeping with the Fishes Package includes a choice between a queen, king, double, or executive suite room type, two VIP tickets to the Shedd Aquarium, complimentary parking, complimentary breakfast, complimentary internet, and a surprise welcome gift.
Four Seasons Hotel
120 E. Delaware Place — 312-280-8800
Always a landmark of refined comfort, with unrivaled Lake Michigan and city views, steps from chic North Michigan Avenue shops — and minutes from Chicago's business and financial centers. Now with the sophisticated restyling of its guest rooms and executive suites, the hotel offers a fresh, contemporary ambience that remains as inviting as ever. Four Seasons offers a "Kids in the City" package where you can enjoy the Shedd Aquarium's Family Fun Package and receive one complimentary child's All-Access pass (limit of one gift per family; not valid with other promotions).
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
160 East Pearson Street — 312-266-1000
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, a Four Seasons Hotel, set atop Water Tower Place, high above prestigious Michigan Avenue, features exquisite décor and intuitive service. The Ritz-Carlton Chicago offers a setting of unmistakable grandeur, ideal for business or for leisure. Shedd Aquarium VIP tickets are available for purchase at the concierge desk, located in the hotel's main lobby.
720 S. Michigan Ave. — 312-922-4400
Hilton Chicago is a landmark downtown pet-friendly property located on the "Cultural Michigan Avenue Mile" overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan, Millennium Park and the Museum Campus. It is the closest luxury hotel to the city's convention center while being only minutes from the Loop business center, shopping and theatre. The Hilton Chicago hotel features 1,544 richly appointed guest rooms and offers a Shedd Aquarium package that includes VIP ticket(s) to the Shedd and overnight room accommodations. With this package you can see more than 32,000 aquatic animals — 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world during your stay at the Hilton Chicago.
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Courtyard Marriott – Chicago Downtown/River North
Doubletree Hotel Chicago
Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown
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Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown
Hampton Majestic Chicago Theatre District
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
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Hyatt Place - Chicago/River North
Hyatt Regency Chicago
The Majestic Hotel Chicago
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
Omni Hotel Chicago
The Palmer House
Hotel Palomar Chicago
The Peninsula Hotel
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Downtown
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
The Silversmith Hotel and Suites
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
SpringHill Suites & Residence Inn River North
The Talbott Hotel
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
W Chicago Lakeshore
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
The Willows Hotel Chicago
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
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