Shedd Aquarium pairs the enchantment of the underwater world with fine dining and first rate service in settings King Neptune would envy.

For your next event, give your guests an inSheddible experience that pairs the enchantment of the underwater world with fine dining and first-rate service. With the opening of our totally renovated and reimagined Oceanarium, we are offering your guests the opportunity to explore the Pacific Northwest and come face-to-face with graceful Pacific white-sided dolphins, stately beluga whales, charming sea otters, and awesome sea lions. Your guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres along a scenic ocean coastline — right here in Chicago. Next they’ll savor a dinner or strolling reception around our 90,000-gallon Caribbean Reef habitat. As part of the aquarium rental package, a Shedd diver will give a feeding presentation in the reef — a delightful finish to your guests’ own dining experience. Then they can explore our Waters of the World galleries to discover fishes, frogs, lizards, and other aquatic animals from near and far. If dancing is your passion, our Kovler Family Hall comes alive with a band or a deejay. Host an event your guests will remember and talk about for years, an event like no other — an event at Shedd Aquarium!


Garden, patio, or outdoor area
Valet parking
Water views
Handicap accessible


Caribbean Reef Rotunda: 250 guests seated
Waters of the World Galleries: 480 guests seated
Kovler Hall/Main Foyer: 200 guests seated
Soundings Cafe: 200 guests seated
Lakeside Terrace-Outside: 170 guests seated
South Terrace Tent-Outside: 170 guests seated

Average Cost Per Plate


Facility Rental Fee

$5,000 Minimum