The Shedd (The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts)
The Shedd has an adjacent 1/4 block parking lot for patrons. Street parking surrounds the building. Dedicated accessible parking spots are in a lot across from the front of the building on Broadway.
All seats are reserved. Wheelchair/scooter access both in balcony and on main floor. See below for cabaret seating.
The 70,000 sq ft building has a 6-stop, 2 door elevator, so that the entire building is now accessible. Each of the 4 floors has accessible restrooms with pressure-operated doors.
Chairs on the main floor and sides of the balcony are removable so that wheelchairs can replace them. There are no sight line problems.
The main entrance to the building is at street level with an elevator directly to the balcony and/or downstairs for the pre-concert dinners. Seating is on either side of the balcony. The sight lines are so good and close to the artists that these seats are often the first to sell.
Often we change the main floor into "cabaret" seating with chairs and nightclub tables. Wheelchairs may be placed anywhere, but this is when we would ask wheelchair users to come early enough to maneuver through the closely packed chairs. If someone uses a wheelchair with its own hydraulic lift, we ask them to sit where they do not restrict the view for patrons seated behind them.
The Shedd's 750-seat Jaqua Concert Hall is fully looped and accessible for patrons with telecoil programmed hearing aids and cochlear implants. Our smaller, Sheffer Recital Hall, has an FM system, but will be looped during renovations next year. The Ticket Office is looped. We have a portable loop for the Will Call, concessions and boutique tables. Portable receivers are available for those whose aids do not have t-coil.
Doors to the restrooms in the 1962 wing are pressure-operated. All restrooms throughout the building have at least one accessible stall.