Public Transit - Shedd Aquarium

Chicago has excellent public transit, and Shedd is in a great location to take advantage of it. The bus will drop you right at Shedd's door, or you can take the L from within Chicago or regional commuter trains from the south to get you pretty close. Google Maps can help you piece together public transit routes to get you from any location in Chicago (just choose the public transit option, which should be already selected if you use the previous link).


Bus lines 146 (year-round from the north) and 130 (Memorial Day to Labor Day from parts of the loop) run to the bus stop directly in front of Shedd. Follow the link with each number to get more information about the routes and time schedules.

L Trains

The Roosevelt stop just south of the loop serves the red, green, and orange lines. A modest walk (details below) takes you to Shedd, or you can wait for bus 146 which will take you right there.

To walk, go east on Roosevelt towards Grant Park. Once you cross Columbus Ave, veer slightly to the left to go into Grant Park, but staying mostly parallel with Roosevelt. That path will take you through a couple of tunnels and you'll see the back of the Field Museum on your right. Keep going straight ahead past the Field Museum to get to Shedd Aquarium.

Commuter Trains

The Metra Electric District serves areas to the south, including Hyde Park and nearby areas of Chicago, and externding along three branches, with the furthest south to University Park.

The South Shore Line goes south and into Indiana, including Michigan City and South Bend.

Both the Metra Electric District and South Shore Line bring passengers to the Museum Campus/11th St. stop. From there, follow signs east to the museum campus. Once you go under a bridge, you'll see the Field Museum on your right; continue straight to get to Shedd.