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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.


Snow White

Sunday, July 1, 2018
We had a corporate event here and it was a huge hit. Staff was very accommodating to work with and the venue was stunning. Guests loved seeing all the aquarium attractions up close and also being able to go mingle outside with a beautiful view of the city as the backdrop. The catered food was delicious and well stocked throughout the night. The dessert bar was a delight as the guests could choose their own toppings to place on their cake of choice that was waiting for them in martini glasses. The aquarium has large spaces so no one ever felt crowded. Highly recommend as a venue for a private party!

Rob Hydell

Friday, June 29, 2018
If you go out to the aquarium bring a picnic and enjoy the amazing view of the city and the lake from out back of this location. I included a bunch of pictures of the view so you can see what I am talking about This place is pretty awesome for the middle of country (usually the good aquariums are in near the ocean in my opinion). If you are a local and have some volunteer time on your hands I highly recommend you reach out to them to volunteer. You get free admission to all the museums in the city and free passes for your friends and family. Not to mention you get to see the cool inner workings of the aquarium. It's really quite cool and you get to give back to the community as well.

Rakesh Sukumar

Friday, July 13, 2018
Fantastic aquatic life from fish to penguins. The beluga whale is a very good attraction here.. make sure to catch the dolphin show. It is a must see. Fantastic variety of sea life from all over the world. This will be a very good educational experience for kids.. lots of opportunities to learn about the different fish and sea creatures.

Carolyn Ohms

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Nice exhibits and shows. However, Shedd needs to update its crowd management. I purchased tickets online and we got in quick, but if you need to buy tickets at the aquarium or can't use your e ticket, there's a long, slow line. I feel that there's room for improvement there. Props for ability to reserve admission to shows once you do have your ticket (no additional fee). But I think you should be able to do that online if you have an e ticket, or in main entry instead of being required to do that by schlepping to Soundings Cafe. Like the ticket line, trying to get something to eat is a process mired in the 20th century. At Soundings Cafe we waited 20-25 minutes to place an order in a line that moved at a glacial pace. At the height of lunch rush on a busy holiday weekend, there is literally one person who takes your order and payment. How about ability to order electronically from a kiosk or your phone. Since this is revenue function, would think they would want to streamline. The food is okay, about what you would expect from a venue like an aquarium or museum. But really, the food could be better and more inspired. The bathrooms have an odor that is unpleasant and not just a temporary, passing odor. I think that they should clean the traps. With facilities as heavily trafficked as restrooms at the Shedd, I think they should schedule more frequent cleanings of the traps. My eight year old and I had fun, and the Shedd was a nice way to spend the day out of the crazy heat.

Olivia Lettsome

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
It was awesome and very well kept. Parking was a bit of an inconvenience and expensive it was 20 bucks for 4 hours. But the cost of food inside and gift shops wasn't that bad. I really like the message of using garbage found in the oceans to create art. It's a very intelligent way of expressing our footprint on nature. I truly feel like all the money that was put towards going to the aquarium does go to making the world a better place!

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