Take your event outdoors! This seasonal space offers a sweeping vista of the lakefront and skyline along with amenities like a full canopy and bar—perfect for a cocktail reception. It’s available May through October.
This terrace, open May through October, brings together the sophistication of the city skyline and the natural beauty of Shedd’s own gardens. Perfect for a casual gathering, it’s an impressive setting to showcase Chicago if you’re entertaining out-of-town colleagues
Caribbean Reef and Aquarium Galleries
Classical Greek architecture and our signature 90,000-gallon Caribbean Reef exhibit create a setting fit for King Neptune. Whether seated around the aquamarine reef habitat or in the aquarium’s elegantly vaulted galleries, your guests will dine in the company of a gorgeous array of fishes and other aquatic life.
This majestic soaring space will dazzle your guests. The classical Greek architecture is enlivened with superlative sea life ornamentation in marble, bronze and terra cotta. It’s a grand space for dining and dancing.
Oceanarium and Amphitheater
Begin the evening with a cocktail reception on the mezzanine level overlooking a stunning re-creation of a Pacific Northwest coastline. Guests can stroll down to the water’s edge to visit with dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters, sea lions and fascinating fishes. This space includes our Rice Foundation Amphitheater featuring seating for up to 1,000 guests and a state-of-the-art sound system. It’s perfect for a special welcome or presentation for your group, with our marine mammals and a sweeping view of Lake Michigan as a backdrop.