Shedd Aquarium In Chicago, IL | Unique Venues
Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions

Unique Venue Feature

Shedd Aquarium offers the aquatic world as a backdrop to your special event. When you book an event, guests are offered access to the entire aquarium, from archerfish to zebra sharks. From stunning views of the Chicago skyline to world-class cuisine, guests are surrounded by the beauty and wonder of aquatic life at Shedd Aquarium.


Since its opening in 1930, Shedd Aquarium has ranked among the world’s leading aquariums, and it’s the No. 1 cultural attraction and “must-sea” destination in Chicago. Discover another side of Shedd—as the incomparable locale for your next corporate or special event. Encounter unbelievable animals from aquatic environments around the world, plus eye-popping architecture, at popular cultural destination in Chicago. The city’s iconic skyline and Lake Michigan’s blue expanse create a stunning backdrop for any private event.

We can provide you with a spacious, gracious setting for a dinner, a cool coastline or breezy terrace for a cocktail reception, or a state-of-the-art meeting facility. A Shedd Aquarium wedding means superb service, top-of-the-line facilities, and beautiful surroundings. Your Shedd Aquarium wedding will be one to remember.

The Azure’s Sales and Catering team at Shedd Aquarium has the passion to help clients bring their events and imagination to life within incredible spaces. Azure at Shedd Aquarium is powered by the culinary expertise of Sodexo Live! which brings years of culinary experience, focusing on in-house catering and special event designs. From stunning views of the Chicago skyline to world-class cuisine, guests are surrounded by the beauty and wonder of aquatic life at Shedd Aquarium. An event with Azure at Shedd Aquarium is truly unforgettable.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1600 guests
  • Largest Theatre Style: 1000
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 1000
  • Largest Seated Reception: 650
  • Largest Standing Reception: 1600
Caribbean Reef & Aquarium Galleries
  • 680 Banquet Style
Abbott Oceanarium
  • 500 Banquet Style
Rice Foundation Amphitheater
  • 1000 Theatre Style
Kovler Hall
  • 160 Banquet Style
Lakefront Terrace
  • 150 Banquet Style
North Terrace
  • 120 Banquet Style
Bubble Net
  • 249 Banquet Style
Phelps Auditorium
  • 246 Theatre Style
  • 125 Banquet Style

Featured Amenities

  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Handicap Accessible
  • In-House Catering
  • Near Public Transit
  • Paid Parking
  • Rooftop Space
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


1200 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr,
Chicago, Illinois 60605


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • MetroMetro
  • TaxiTaxi
  • TrainTrain
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • O'Hare Airport - 30 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: No

Nearby Cities

Oak Park, Skokie, Evanston, Niles, Park Ridge

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No