Special Offers

We have special offers and Illinois Resident Discount Days throughout the year! See what best suits you and your family. Valid ID must be presented on site for all offers, unless otherwise specified.

Illinois Residents

Special Offer:
During 2016 Discount Days, Illinois residents can upgrade to a Total Experience Pass for just $15!

Total Experience Pass:
Adult $39.95 $15, Child $30.95 $15
The best value to see everything Shedd has to offer! The Total Experience Pass includes access to all of our exhibits and shows, including the aquatic presentation, Stingray Touch,*Amphibians special exhibit and a 4-D Experience. 

Upcoming Illinois Resident Discount Days:
2016:
August: 29, 30
September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
November 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
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.

This option is also available on your Illinois Resident Discount Days visit:

General admission:
Adult $8.00 Free!, Child $6.00 Free!
Available for on-site purchase only
Includes Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World and Amazon Rising.

*Stingray Touch is open seasonally May to November. Discount Days are not combinable with any other offer.

Illinois Resident Discount Days sponsored by

Free Admission Days for Chicago Public School Students

CPS students and one accompanying adult will receive free Shedd Pass access to all of Shedd Aquarium’s exhibits on Aug. 29 and 30. Students can upgrade their ticket to a discounted Total Experience Pass, adding access to Stingray Touch, the Aquatic Presentation and 4-D Experience features for only $9. 

Students may identify their CPS school by name, show an ID card (high school) or recent report card (K-8).

Senior Days at Shedd

Every Wednesday and Thursday in September from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., seniors age 65 and better, plus accompanying adult partners and group leaders (with a registered group), can join us for Senior Days at Shedd.

2016 dates: Sept. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

Seniors will receive a complimentary Shedd Group Pass Plus, giving them access to all exhibits, including Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, the Abbott Oceanarium, the Amphibians special exhibit and Stingray Touch experience, plus a ticket to Shedd's aquatic presentation, featuring marine mammals and more! All participants also receive special lunch pricing and a 10 percent discount in Shedd’s stores.

Offer is valid up to the first 3,000 seniors to receive tickets (groups and individuals). Individuals may participate by obtaining a ticket on site each Wednesday and Thursday of the program, beginning at 9 a.m. No online reservations or call-ahead reservations accepted.

Free Shedd Pass for U.S. Military Personnel and Families

From Memorial Day, May 30, through Labor Day, September 5, 2016, active duty U.S. Military personnel including National Guard and Reserve plus up to 5 of their family members are eligible for free Shedd Passes as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members. For more information, visit the Blue Star Museums FAQ page.

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.

CityPASS

Save 53% or more off VIP admission to Shedd Aquarium, plus 4 more top Chicago attractions: Skydeck Chicago Fast Pass, The Field Museum All-Access, Museum of Science and Industry OR 360 CHICAGO Express Entry, Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute of Chicago. You’ll skip most ticket lines, too.

Valid 9-days. Cost: Adult $98 (value $208); Child (3-11) $82. Purchase booklets or printable vouchers at citypass.com or at the Shedd Aquarium box office for the same low price.

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:
Sep. 3-4, Oct. 1-2, Nov. 5-6, and Dec. 3-4.

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

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: special exhibit (when available), aquatic presentation 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 U.S. Military personnel

Active-duty U.S. 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: special exhibit (when available), aquatic program tickets, or 4-D Experience tickets. Please note that dependents and family are not included in this offer.

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: special exhibit (when available), aquatic presentation tickets, or 4-D Experience tickets.

Students

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

Senior citizens

Senior citizens (65+ years) 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.

Hours

Hours

Winter (Now - June 10)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer Happy Hours: 3 to 5 p.m. Pub-style menu items and a selection of wine and beer will be available for purchase on the terrace.

Summer (June 10 - Aug 20)
All days: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.

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