Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Music, Jazz
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Jazzin' at the Shedd
Photograph: Brenna Hernandez Jazzin' at the Shedd

The Shedd Aquarium's weekly summer concert series presents a rotating lineup of jazz bands on its scenic lakeside terrace, where attendees can dance, have a drink and get a great view of the Navy Pier fireworks. Guests also get access to the Shedd's newest exhibit, "Underwater Beauty," which features 100 different species of sea jellies, eels and fish.

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

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Unfortunately, I seem to be in the minority when it comes to my review. I paid $20 per person, expecting that this would include at least one drink, but all drinks were for sale only, from $7-16, small, and served in plastic cups. I didn't even check the food prices. The music was good, but the event was so crowded (I would guess 200 people) that seating was limited, and I ended up wandering around with my drink in hand, and nowhere to sit to appreciate the live music. The aquarium is nice, but it was a little hard to see the tanks because of the number of people, and many of the tanks had low light or lights turned off, to simulate nighttime (good for the fish, less good for the eyes!). People were dressed to the nines - a little overdressed in my opinion, and there was an unpleasant atmosphere of everyone wanting to "be seen and feel special" rather than enjoying what we came for: jazz music, a nice atmosphere, and some nice aquarium exhibits. Overall, it felt too contrived, too crowded, and too expensive for what I was expecting. 


I went to Jazzin at the Shedd last Thursday night and had an absolute blast. After walking around to see the various exhibits we spent the rest of our night listening to one of the multiple jazz bands playing on the terrace.

The view of Chicago's skyline was is one of the best in the city, and the added bonus of watching the sun is icing on the cake. There was a decent crowd when we went but it only took 5-10 minutes to find a table. The Shedd stays open an extra hour giving the experience a fun night at the museum feel.