“When is Shedd After Hours: Halloween?” by S.M. O’Connor

Shedd After Hours: Halloween will be at the John G. Shedd Aquarium on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Food, beverages, and 4D tickets will be available for purchase.  The Shedd Aquarium’s culinary staff will prepare “festive bites.”  This event is for adults (twenty-one-years-of-age-and-over) exclusively. Guests should be prepared to show a photo identification card.

The Shedd Aquarium is promising “surprising animal encounters and a hair-raising shark chat that proves facts are stranger than fiction.”  At the Science Pub, one can drink “a spooky spirit” while learning from a Shedd specialist “just how unearthly the deep ocean really is.”

Halloween Owl 2Figure 1 Credit: John G. Shedd Aquarium Credit: This picture of an owl on a pumpkin was taken on October 15, 2018.

There will be a costume contest with prizes.  Please note, however, that facemasks and “costumes with weapons of any kind” are prohibited.

Tickets are $24.95 ($19.95 for Chicago residents) or $14.95 for Members of the Shedd Aquarium.  The Website is being updates as of this writing.  To order tickets, call (312) 939-2438.  The call center is open until 6:00 p.m.  Alternatively, one can e-mail contactus@sheddaquarium.org.

After Hours Upgrade: Halloween Behind-the-Scenes Tour

According to the Shedd Aquarium, the thirty-minute-long Halloween Behind-the-Scenes Tour is “a pop behind the scenes: in the Wild Reef exhibit.  It is a chance to learn how sharks catch prey, how animals hide in the open, and “the real stories behind some of Shedd’s spookiest animals.”

The price is a $15 add-on to one’s Shedd After Hours ticket.  Space is limited.  Reserve a spot by calling (312) 939-2438.

sheddafterhours_heroFigure 2 Credit: John G. Shedd Aquarium Caption: This is the Shedd After Hours logo.

Shedd After Hours events are always for adults (twenty-one-and-over).  They are opportunities to take in views of the Chicago skyline, and meet beluga whales, bluegills, stingrays, and sturgeons.  Every Shedd After Hours event features salsa dancing, animal encounters, scientific stories, food, and drinks.

The Shedd Aquarium is a Smithsonian Affiliate.  It is located on the Museum Campus in the Chicago Park District’s Burnham Park.  Normally, the Shedd Aquarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the workweek (Mondays through Fridays) and from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays).    Click here for updates on hours.  The last ticket sale is forty-five minutes before closing.

The address is 1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.  The Website is https://www.sheddaquarium.org.  The phone number is (312) 939-2438.



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