John G. Shedd Aquarium

Sparking compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world.

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Welcome to Shedd Aquarium! We can hardly wait for you to meet beluga whales and bluegills, rockhopper penguins and rockfish, alligators and an alligator snapping turtle, and so much more as you explore the world’s oceans, lakes, rivers and reefs — all in the heart of Chicago.

Prepare for a visit to the aquarium to set expectations and ease anxiety with Shedd’s Sensory Friendly App, created in partnership with Infiniteach, which can be downloaded for free from iTunes and Google Play. Now offered in Spanish, guests can switch their language setting under profile and language. Additional updates include a tap-to-zoom feature and a timer that allows users to transition or keep guests on schedule.

The mobile application includes a visual schedule, communication tools, sensory-friendly maps, tips for visits, and video social guides that offer information about individual exhibit spaces, including photos, tips on temperature and noise levels.

Also, on select dates, Shedd hosts Calm Waters, which is an exclusive event for guests with disabilities to experience the aquarium in a comfortable and accepting environment. Modifications include extended hours, limited capacity and streamlined entry with advanced registration.


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