“When is this Year’s Last Adults-Only Night Event at the Shedd Aquarium?” by S.M. O’Connor

The last adults-only event at the John G. Shedd Aquarium of 2019 will be Shedd After Hours: Polar Party on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Join a “beluga chat” in the Abbott Oceanarium to learn how beluga whales thrive in icy waters.  Food, beverages, and Polar Express 4-D presentations are available for purchase.  There will be prizes for an Arctic aquatic trivia contest and a “holiday” sweater contest.  Tickets are $24.95 ($19.95 for Chicago residents and $14.95 for Shedd Members). This event is for full adults (twenty-one-and-over).  A photo identification card must be shown at the door.  Tickets include all permanent and special exhibits,[1] touch experiences,[2]  and entertainment.  Click here to purchase tickets.  If one has a request related to the accommodation of a disability, click here.  For groups of fifteen or more, e-mail groupreservations@sheddaquarium.org.

Shedd After Hours events are a time for adults to look back at the Chicago Loop and larger cityscape from the vantage point of the lakeshore, meet beluga whales, bluegills, stingrays, and sturgeons.  Events include a variety of special programs, from salsa dancing, animal encounters, and “science stories.”

For an additional $15, one can purchase an additional upgrade for the After Hours Polar Tour, including a look behind the scenes.  In this thirty-minute-long tour, one will see how otters, beluga whales, and penguins adapt to frigid environments, then go behind the scenes to the Marine Mammals kitchen to learn how Shedd Aquarium staff prepares meals for those animals.  Space is limited.  Call (312) 939-2438 for the package.

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 and from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends.  However, it will close early, at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, 2019 and at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (Christmas Eve).  Of course, the Shedd Aquarium will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 (Christmas Day or the First Day of Christmas). 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.


[1] Please note that for the health and safety of the animals concerned, some exhibits close early.  Refer to event signs for more information.

[2] Stingray Touch is open from late May to early September.

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