• John G. Shedd Aquarium

John G. Shedd Aquarium Tours & Tickets

Dive into a world of marine life

John G. Shedd Aquarium

Opened to the public in December 1929, the John G. Shedd Aquarium was the world's largest inland aquarium at the time with 5 million US gallons of water. It was also the first inland aquarium to have a permanent saltwater exhibition. One of the first animals to arrive is currently its oldest resident: "Grandad", an African Lungfish acquired in 1933. It contains over 1,500 different species of fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects and with over 2 million visitors a year, it is one of the most popular aquariums in the United States and most popular museum in Chicago. 

The aquarium was designed by one of Chicago’s most prestigious and accomplished architectural firms, Graham, Anderson, Probst & White. Masters of the Beaux-Arts style who also designed and built other iconic Chicago attractions including the Field Museum and Wrigley Building. Since 1930, Shedd has expanded twice, with both additions carefully respecting the original architecture that earned the aquarium a National Historic Landmark designation. The modernistic Abbott Oceanarium, which opened in 1991, was linked physically and philosophically to the original structure by using the same white Georgia marble on its exterior. Wild Reef, which opened in 2003, was constructed 25 feet below street level under the original south terrace. Although they are not visible from the front of the aquarium, together these exhibits nearly doubled Shedd’s square footage and made possible vast habitats for marine mammals as well as large sharks and rays.

Practical Information


Winter (August 21 - June 13)
Weekdays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Summer (June 13 - Aug 21)
All days:  9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Public Transportation

The closest L station is Roosevelt (Red, Orange and Green lines)



Public Entrance Fees

Advance Online Ticket Purchase

Adult – $37.95
Child – $28.95

Onsite Ticket Purchase

Adult – $39.95
Child – $30.95