Luxury Chicago Hotel Near Shedd Aquarium

Genuinely world-class attractions aren’t in any kind of short supply within the greater neighborhood of Hotel Chicago, which puts you—as a pampered guest of our Marriott Bonvoy Autograph Collection property—in a fabulous position.

Among them, without question, is one of the largest of its kind in the country and one of the Windy City’s most-visited attractions: the Shedd Aquarium. A hop, skip, and a jump away from Hotel Chicago within the lakefront Museum Campus, this long-standing aquarium is very much of the must-see category—and a destination that rewards repeated visits!

The Shedd Aquarium: A Chicago Institution

John G. Shedd, president of Marshall Field & Company, provided the foundational donations to create the aquarium named for him, which opened (a few years after his death) in 1930. While the Shedd Aquarium has significantly expanded since, it’s still anchored by the magnificent original Beaux-Arts building.

Delighting some two million visitors or so annually, the Shedd Aquarium is both an interpretive facility and an important force in global marine conservation and research. Here you’ll find a dazzling assortment of creatures, including tropical reef fish, seahorses, octopuses, sharks, sea stars, marine mammals, terrestrial reptiles and amphibians—heck, even birds, from Amazonian parrots to Chicagoland raptors (not to mention penguins, of course!).

This menagerie comes spread among the Shedd’s superb exhibits, from the shark-prowled Indo-Pacific Wild Reef to the local waters evoked by At Home on the Great Lakes. You can get hands-on with cownose rays at Stingray Touch, and marvel at über-charismatic Pacific white-sided dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters, and California sea lions in the crowd-pleasing Abbott Oceanarium.

From live presentations and up-close animal encounters to virtual-reality thrills, the Shedd Aquarium offers many pathways to tapping into wonder—though merely wandering among its tanks and pools is unforgettable!

Whether on a muggy summer afternoon or a snowy midwinter morning, the Shedd Aquarium also serves as a reliably delightful indoor attraction when the Windy City weather outside is a bit unfriendly.

Hotel Chicago: Prime Modern Boutique Accommodations for Visiting the Shedd Aquarium

You’ll find yourself conveniently close to the Shedd Aquarium and the other high-profile attractions of Chicago’s Museum Campus—including the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium—when you call Hotel Chicago home.

Not only that, but our 354 Marriott Bonvoy Autograph Collection guest rooms and suites in River North’s Marina City complex also lie within shouting distance of all sorts of other famous Chicago landmarks, including State Street, the Magnificent Mile, the Theater District, and the West Loop.

Book your getaway with us today, and get ready to fraternize with toothy sharks, lacey sea jellies, and cavorting dolphins over at the peerless Shedd!

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