Special Offers

We have special offers and Illinois Resident Discount Days throughout the year! See what best suits you and your family. 

Illinois Residents

Upcoming Illinois Resident Discount Days:
September: 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30.
October: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.
November: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25.
Check back for additional dates.

On 52 days throughout the year, Illinois residents with a valid ID receive free general admission or discounted upgraded admission to the aquarium. Three options are available on your Illinois Resident Discount Days visit:

General admission: Free
Available for on-site purchase only
Includes Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World and Amazon Rising

Shedd Pass and Total Experience Pass are also available for discounted prices.
Available for on-site purchase only

Illinois Resident Discount Days sponsored by

Jazzin' at the Shedd

Wednesdays, June 25−Sept. 3, 5−10 p.m.

Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd, celebrating its 20th anniversary! Tickets are now on sale! Purchase your tickets online.

Members admission: FREE all summer long!
General admission: $18 adult; $16 children (ages 11 and under)

Beluga Birthday Bash Special Offers (8/29)

Beluga Birthday Bash Special Event
The first 50 guests that purchase a Total Experience Pass onsite or show their Total Experience Pass print at home ticket Friday, August 29 will receive a ticket at the ticket counter to our Beluga Bash celebration that morning. Come celebrate with us with a special expert chat and treats! Four of our belugas — BellaKayavakMiki and Kimalu — are turning another year older. Join us as we wish them happy birthday! The event will be held Friday 8/29/14 from 10-11a.m.

Beluga Birthday Bash Promotion with Divvy
The first 100 guests that purchase a Total Experience Pass onsite or show their Total Experience Pass print at home ticket Friday, August 29 will receive a free 24-hour Divvy bike pass (a $7.00 value).

Cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid 8/29/2014. No cash value. Limit one per person. Certificate must be redeemed on date specified on coupon and at any Divvy bike station.

Arlington International Racecourse (May 11-August 31)

Every Sunday from 5/11-8/31, Shedd guests receive $2 off adult general admission to Arlington International Racecourse! Use the online promo code SHEDD14 when purchasing tickets online at arlingtonpark.com.

Member Perks

From our special members events, to our exclusive members-only communications, we bring you the inside scoop! Check out our upcoming special events and discounts.

Bank of America Museums on Us program

Guests who present a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit, or debit card, along with photo identification, will receive one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month.

Upcoming Bank of America's Museums on Us weekends:
May 3-4, June 7-8, July 5-6, Aug. 2-3, Sept. 6-7, Oct. 4-5, Nov. 1-2, Dec. 6-7.

Admission benefits are not transferable and are valid for the cardholder only. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D theater. Upgrade your experience to include the Total Experience Pass, which includes all exhibits and shows, for $31.95 (Adult) and $24.95 (Child). 

Chicago residents

Residents of the city of Chicago receive a $3 discount on admission every day, except Illinois Resident Discount Days. Must present valid ID.

Educators

Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can receive a complimentary Shedd Pass by registering online. This pass includes admission to Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium and Polar Play Zone. Upgrades available for purchase onsite: Jellies special exhibit, aquatic show tickets, or 4-D Experience tickets.

If you’re outside of our four-state area but would still like to learn more about connecting your curriculum to the living world, you can receive $3 off admission to Shedd by showing a valid school ID or current paystub at a cashier station when you buy your ticket onsite.

Active-duty military personnel

Active-duty military personnel receive a free Shedd Pass with proper ID.

This pass includes admission to Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium and Polar Play Zone. Upgrades available for purchase onsite: Jellies special exhibit, aquatic show tickets, or 4-D Experience tickets.

Chicago police officers and firefighters

Chicago police officers and firefighters receive a free Shedd Pass with proper ID.

This pass includes admission to Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium and Polar Play Zone. Upgrades available for purchase onsite: Jellies special exhibit, aquatic show tickets, or 4-D Experience tickets.

Students

With a valid school I.D., students receive a $3 discount on admission every day except Illinois Resident Discount Days.

Senior citizens

Senior citizens receive a $3 discount on admission every day except Illinois Resident Discount Days.

Great Kids Museums passports

A Great Kids Museum Passport is good for two adults and two children for general aquarium admission only. Find them at Chicago Public Library branches. Passes should be presented in the general admission line.

Corporate members

If your employer belongs to our corporate membership program, you may qualify for free or discounted admission to the aquarium.

CityPASS

If you plan on visiting more than one cultural attraction while in Chicago, CityPASS is a good option. For a limited time, when you purchase a City Pass—receive a free admission upgrade to include Shedd’s aquatic show, when you purchase tickets using this linkFind out more about CityPASS.