Jazzin’ at The Shedd – Chicago

One of the little-known summer activities in Chicago is “Jazzin’ at The Shedd.”  It’s an ongoing event held on Wednesday evenings from June through September.  Shedd Aquarium recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.  What better reason to stop by, mingle with the fish, other party-goers and live jazz bands?  You’ll enjoy cocktails, fireworks, and stunning lakefront views.


Shedd Aquarium in Chicago



Jazzin' at the Shedd



Fish at Shedd Aquarium



Jazzin' at the Shedd



Jazzin' at the Shedd



Jellies exhibit at the Shedd

Why go to the JELLIES (jellyfish) exhibit without a good stiff drink? That would just be crazy!



Shedd Aquarium in Chicago



Fish at the Shedd



Shedd Aquarium fish



Admission is $20 which gives you access to most of the exhibits (except for new ones) and the bi-level terrace overlooking the Lake Michigan.  Food and drinks are at an additional cost.

I stopped by last Wednesday around 7 pm solo. First, I checked out a few exhibits before grabbing a nice cold beer on the 2nd-floor terrace where the party was in full swing,  The stage was set up, and the band was playing cool jazz to a very appreciative and ample crowd.  There are bars set up on both levels of the terrace.  Should you prefer a more quiet environment, there is a restaurant inside where another band performs. 



Terraces at Shedd Aquarium



Shedd Aquarium on Museum Campus



Chicago's Shedd Aquarium



Shedd Aquarium jazz night



Live jazz and the Shedd



Fireworks at Navy Pier



Bar at Shedd Aquarium



Shedd Aquarium's terrace



Music at Shedd Aquarium



Wednesdays at The Shedd



Wondering what to wear?  People wore everything from shorts to jeans to dresses and suits. 



Jazzin' at the Shedd



Shedd Aquarium near Lake Michigan



Parties at The Shedd



Jazz night at Shedd Aquarium



The Shedd has live music



Shedd Aquarium's restaurants



Restaurant at The Shedd



Eating at The Shedd



Bartenders were offering up a large selection of drinks, including some specialty cocktails.  It was a gorgeous summer evening with a sunny sky that shifted into a stunning sunset.  An abundance of Chicago residents and city visitors enjoyed each other, the music and fabulous views.  I had a fun time chatting with several other party-goers that night.  



Lawn near Shedd Aquarium



Shedd Aquarium fireworks



Adler Planetarium near Shedd Aquarium

On the lawn looking toward Adler Planetarium



Fireworks at The Shedd



Lakefront trail near Shedd Aquarium



Since it was Wednesday, Lake Michigan was swollen with all types of boats whose captains were choosing their prime positions for the fireworks.  Navy Pier shoots off fireworks at 9:30 pm. (Navy Pier has fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day).



Jazzin' at Shedd Aquarium



Jazzin' at Shedd terrace



Jazzin' at the Shedd night



Navy Pier fireworks


Click here for the 2017 Jazzin’ at The Shedd schedule.


Shedd Aquarium at night



Not interested in ogling the fish or paying the $20 admission fee?  No worries!  You can wander on over and pull up a patch of grass on the lovely hill outside.  Lots of people do just that every Wednesday evening.  They bring blankets or chairs and set up outside.  They get to hear the live jazz just the same as the folks perched above on the terraces.  And, they have the have the same views of Lake Michigan and the fireworks.  AWESOME!



Navy Pier fireworks

Fireworks from Navy Pier!!



Chicago's fireworks from Navy Pier



Fireworks near Shedd Aquarium



Shedd Aquarium on Wednesday night



Jazz music at Shedd Aquarium



Jazz in Chicago



I highly recommend you swing by Jazzin’ at the Shedd” on Wednesday evenings during the summer in Chicago.

Curious about other weekly, outdoor Summer events in Chicago?  Check out my posts about Chicago Summer Dance in Grant Park and Summer Film Series in Millennium Park.


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