Event Details

Venue: John G. Shedd Aquarium.

Date: Wednesday, May 17.

Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Please carry your blue ticket to the banquet for admission.

About Banquet Venue

The Shedd Aquarium known as “The World’s Aquarium,” is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to public education and conservation. Situated on Chicago’s lakefront, Shedd Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world. It is home to 32,000 animals representing more than 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world. Since its opening in 1930, the aquarium’s mission has been to connect individuals to the living world and inspire them to make a difference. Today, this educational goal has gained urgency as more species acquire endangered status. Shedd Aquarium is committed to a number of projects designed to preserve threatened or endangered aquatic species.

Address: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, USA. TEL: 1 (312) 939-2438

Directions and Transportation:

Please come to the

8th Street Entrance of Hilton

if you are going with us (both for walking group and buses). This entrance is near the SIGMOD registration desks.

Walking Groups

The banquet venue is within walking distance of the conference venue. See the maps below. The weather is expected to be nice!

Shedd will open at 6:30 pm, and volunteers will lead attendees to Shedd starting around 6:10 pm, and the last trip with the volunteers will start at 6:30 pm.

If you are walking to Shedd yourself, please make sure that you go to the “Shedd : South – Special Events Entrance” and NOT to the main entrance of Shedd.

There would NOT be any volunteer-led groups for walking back to the hotel.

Shuttles (limited availability)

There will also be three 50-passenger buses taking the attendees who need transportation to Shedd in a few trips.

Buses TO Shedd FROM Hilton: Will start at 6:00 pm. The last trip leaves hotel at 6:45 pm.

Buses FROM Shedd TO Hilton: Will start at 8:00 pm. The last trip leaves Shedd at 9:45 pm.

In case of limited seat availability, preferences will be given to attendees requiring transportation.

Note: While we are going to make every effort to provide bus transportation for everyone who is interested, we have only three buses. Please be advised that if you are taking one of the later trips, there is a possibility that we might not be able to accommodate you in the buses or you might miss some of the banquet events. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Banquet event schedule:

6:30 PM – South Special Event Entrance opens. Guests may visit the marine mammals, including: Belugas, Dolphins, Sea Lions, Sea Otters and Penguins

7:00 PM – Main Aquarium and gallery exhibits open.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Food and drinks

9:00 PM – Caribbean Reef Dive – Narrated Fish Feeding Presentation

9:30 PM – 9:45 PM – Event Concludes, Guests depart via the South Doors