Shedd Aquarium


Once known as the John G. Shedd Aquarium, and having been added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, Chicago's multiple-award-winning Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent collection of seawater fish. Today, the facility holds more than 25,000 fish; a Caribbean Reef addition from 1971; sea otters, sea lions, dolphins, and belugas in the Abbott Oceanarium; and an up-close-and-personal experience where guests can touch various types of rays in the appropriately titled Stingray Touch exhibit.


The Amazon Rising exhibit features animals from the Amazon River and its Basin, including piranhas, anacondas, caiman, turtles, shimmering tetras, and sizable tambaqui fish. Wild Reef emulates the aquatic world witnessed by deep-sea divers, featuring garden eels and iridescent coral. Younger visitors will enjoy Polar Play Zone, where dressing up in a penguin suit or riding in a pint-sized submarine are just two of many imaginative activities.

Price range

Admission rates range based on age of visitors, special tours, promotional tie-ins, and other factors, and can be found in their most current statehere.

Best time to visit

The Aquarium is open year-round, with the lone exception of Christmas Day.

Near by POI

The Adler Planetarium is an astronomy museum, featuring the dome-projected presentations of its namesake. One of the largest natural history museums on earth, The Field Museum of Natural History originated at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.