shedd reopens

An expanded sanitization and cleaning regimen is part of the Shedd Aquarium reopening plan. The Shedd will welcome members back on July 1 and the general public on Friday, July 3. For more information, visit the website at

The Shedd Aquarium, in accordance with citywide health and safety guidance, is ready to reopen its doors to the public following 16 weeks of closure due to COVID-19.

Aquarium members will be welcomed back beginning July 1, followed by the general public on Friday, July 3.

New, stringent operational protocols and requirements have been implemented to ensure maximum safety and health of all staff and guests including the following:

•New, separate entrance and exit points

•Limited hourly building capacity

•Timed-admission to maintain an even flow of guests throughout the day

•Required face coverings for guests ages 2 and older

•Social distancing of at least 6 feet required

•Circulation paths that encourage one-directional flow

•Additional hand-washing and sanitization stations

•Expanded sanitization and cleaning regimen, including frequently scheduled cleaning on high-touch surfaces and deep cleanings every night

•Physical barriers installed in places where social distancing cannot be maintained

•Temporarily pausing experiences including the 4-D theater and aquatic presentations to reduce large gatherings and groups.

Full operational adjustments and know-before-you-go information is available on the Shedd website.

With the reopening, Shedd has called back 120 of its furloughed staff members to welcome guests and help them seamlessly navigate through their new experience.

In addition to on-site experiences, the public can also continue to connect with Shedd through its new virtual Summer Splash Camp, now through July 31, and on the water throughout the summer with the relaunch of its Kayak for Conservation program through a limited-time pay-what-you-can registration fee.

Tickets must be purchased in advance online or by phone.

For tickets or more information, call (312) 939-2438 or visit the website at