Jazzin’ at the Shedd


Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Since it’s so expensive (usually $36 for adults) I haven’t been to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium in years. Probably 35 years. But a friend enticed me to try the Wednesday night “Jazzin’ at the Shedd” experience, which is just $18.

In the summer the Shedd Aquarium is open evenings from 5 – 10pm and visitors can listen to jazz while exploring the intriguing sea creatures that call the Shedd home. Food stations and bars are located throughout the museum so visitors can enjoy dinner or cocktails. We ate outside by the lake on the terrace where the view was stunning.

You can touch the starfish, which are simultaneously spiky and slimy. After sundown (8:30 or so) you can see the fireworks from Navy Pier.

I thought the food was mediocre. There were several choices of Cajun fare: chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, jumbalaya, etc. My sandwich was okay. It isn’t the healthiest or tastiest meal you can find. I’d actually bring a bit of food with me if I went back.

All ages were in attendance. It’s great for a families, friends or dates.

You can get a 130 bus from Union Station or a 146 bus from downtown. Cabs were hard to come when you’re leaving.

Parking is available nearby, but it’s gotten pricey.

2 thoughts on “Jazzin’ at the Shedd

  1. There’s such a fun spirit for all visitors. They also have a “sleeping with the fishes” night for kids and their parents. I’ve never done that but it could be fun.

    Some high schools have their dances at the aquarium.

    Other museums and aquaria could do this.


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