Plan a Private Event

Spaces

We offer spectacular spaces for events of up to 1,200 people.

Caribbean Reef

The turquoise waters of our 90,000-gallon Caribbean Reef and the rotunda’s atmospheric classical architecture create a dazzling setting for a formal event. Guests dine in the heart of the aquarium, next to colorful reef fishes and under Shedd’s signature octagonal dome. A feeding-dive presentation is available for any evening event.

230 dinner capacity



Waters of the World

Dine in the company of our enchanting animals in one or more of the aquarium’s four elegantly vaulted, themed galleries.



650 dinner, 1,200 reception capacity


Phelps Auditorium

Our state-of-the-art theater accommodates guests for a meeting, lecture, awards program, or multimedia presentation.



246 guest capaciy


Lakefront Terrace

You haven’t seen Chicago until you have seen the view from the Bill and Stephanie Sick Family Lakefront Terrace. In the summer your guests will enjoy the sight of fireworks over Navy Pier. This is a great location for non-religious wedding ceremonies, entertaining clients, and employee appreciation events.

300 reception, 150 dinner capacity


North Terrace

Take your event outside. This seasonal space combines a sweeping vista of the lakefront and skyline with gentle breezes and amenities like a full canopy (May through October) and bar — perfect for a cocktail reception.

300 reception capacity


Abbott Oceanarium

Host a cocktail reception overlooking the Pacific Northwest coast — and Lake Michigan. Guests can stroll down to the water’s edge for a closer look at dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions and sea otters.

800 reception capacity

Wild Reef tours

The Wild Reef exhibit can be rented for private evening tours.

Historical architecture

The architectural firm that designed Shedd, also designed the Field Museum, Union Station, Museum of Science and Industry, Civic Opera Building, Wrigley Building, Merchandise Mart and many other notable Chicago structures.

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