Shedd Aquarium

1200 South Lake Shore Drive

Mission and Values:

At Shedd Aquarium, animals connect you to the living world, inspiring you to make a difference.

That's our mission. This is how we fulfill it: We're cool teachers, creating experiences in which learning is fun. We're dedicated stewards, caring for animals, people and the living world. We're great managers, running a model organization.

And it goes deeper, to the fundamental ways in which we act towards our guests and each other: Teach and learn something every day. Create an environment of fun. Be a connection to the collection. Be courageously creative. Be passionate.

Whatever the job - feeding the fishes, training the whales, teaching a class, answering a guest's question, creating a menu, planting a garden, sweeping the floor - we do it with a sense of stewardship, quality, integrity and respect. Count on it.


Timothy Knoepke

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017

Shedd continues to make me gasp in wonder, even after so many years and so many visits. I had been to visit often as a kid with my family and occasionally while being back in the area for college, but I still have new and exciting experiences every time I come here. This time around, I had a bit of a behind the scenes tour of the facility and discussion on the creative force behind the construction of each exhibit. It was especially wonderful to see how much care and passion goes into taking care of the animals and making sure that they are comfortable in their environment. With the lowering of the entrance fees recently to around $20, more people than ever are visiting the aquarium and experiencing the wonders below the waves. I would highly recommend a visit for kids and kids at heart of all ages!

Abby Molino

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017

My son and I come 150 miles to celebrate his birthday at Shedd. We leave the driving to buses and taxis, adventures in themselves. Architecturally beautiful, yet young and alive, Shedd Aquarium smells good, is bright and interesting, educational, fun and playful. It's people friendly with elevators, wheelchair and stroller access, family restrooms, baby changing rooms, lockers and more. You'll find popcorn, frog shaped cookies, Chicago style food, friendly helpful staff, great shows, Christmas carolers, fantastic views of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, sail boats and seagulls, Chicago skyline. You can get souvenir pictures with your group or family. Bring your cameras, too. Buy tickets on line or at the door, become a member, but whatever and however you do come here.

Ashley Johnson

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois in the United States that opened on May 30, 1930. The aquarium contains 32,000 animals,[1] and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons (19,000,000 l; 4,200,000 imp gal) of water. Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. Located on Lake Michigan, it is surrounded by Museum Campus Chicago, which it shares with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. In 2015, the aquarium had 2.02 million visitors. It was the most visited aquarium in the U.S. in 2005, and in 2007, it surpassed the Field Museum as the most popular cultural attraction in Chicago

Cheryl Kilgore

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

Always wonderful! Save money and get a membership! For a family of 5 one trip was almost the cost of a membership..its been totally worth it! The staff are AMAZING and go well beyond any where else we've ever gone. For kids with autism or other sensory issues do bring ear plugs or a headset it can get noisy..but they have a great app so the kids can see what to expect and the staff is very accommodating. We had a friends daughter who is on the spectrum with us who was melting down but wouldn't leave without seeing the aquatic show. Our show time was 2 hours later, when I went to the desk and told the staff what was going on they worked us in to the next show and even had great reserved seating where she had a little extra room. My son has sensory issues and we had kinda a lousy night during one of their jazzin at the Shedd due to rude and drunk people. However he loved a twin brother duo who were sweet enough to take a picture with him and my husband. When a staffer saw that we hadn't had the best time but that this duo was a huge bright spot, he had the picture I posted printed out and same the brothers to sign it. We received a wonderful letter and the photo which made my son's day! Like I said they go above and beyond. We will be staying members for years to come even with it being a 2 hour drive from home :)

Chris Ramos

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

A must visit in Chicago. The Shedd has always been a captivating place and they never disappoint. The Caribbean Reef makes you feel like your out in the Caribbean experiencing the it there. The Wild reef will get you next to sharks and explain the habitat. My favorite is a day in the life of a sea otter pup. So cute to see them eat and play. Kids of all ages will be fascinated by the wide array of colors seen while at the Shedd Aquarium.