Special Offers

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

Visiting after June 30? See our new ticket options beginning July 1.

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

From Memorial Day, May 29, through Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2017, active-duty U.S. military personnel, including National Guard and Army Reserve plus up to five family members, are eligible for free Shedd Admission as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID card, DD Form 1173-1 ID card, or Geneva Convention common access card (CAD) for active-duty military family members. For more information, visit the Blue Star Museums FAQ page.

Illinois Residents

Illinois Residents enjoy FREE admission to Shedd Aquarium 52 days a year!

Experience unbelievable animals from around the world! Admission includes all permanent exhibits, Amphibians special exhibit, animal presentations and seasonal Stingray Touch (open late May to October). 4-D Experience admission is a $4.95 upgrade for all guests.

Reserve your Illinois Resident Fee Day tickets online

Online Free Day tickets much be reserved at least one day in advance of your visit. Illinois Resident Free Day tickets are expected to sell out—we recommend reserving online in advance!

Upcoming Illinois Resident Free Days:
2017:
August 28, 29
September 6 to 30

Illinois Resident Free Days sponsored by

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.

Chicago CityPASS

Save 53% 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. Learn more.

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 2017 Bank of America's Museums on Us weekends:
Jul. 1-2
Aug. 5-6
Sept. 2-3
Oct. 7-8
Nov. 4-5
Dec. 2-3

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.

Chicago residents

Residents of the city of Chicago receive a $3 discount on admission every day, except Illinois Resident Free 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.

U.S. Military Veterans

U.S. Military veterans receive a $3 on-site discount on their general admission every day. This offer is only for veterans or retired U.S. military and is not applicable to dependents. Cannot be combined with other discounts. 

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 Free Days.

Senior citizens

Senior citizens (65+ years) receive a $3 discount on admission every day except Illinois Resident Free 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.

Shedd’s general admission package includes the Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef and Amazon Rising exhibits but does not include the Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit, aquatic presentation, 4-D Experience or Stingray Touch. Want to see these popular offerings? Upgrade to a Shedd Pass or Total Experience Pass!

Corporate members

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

Hours

Hours

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

Winter (Aug 20 - June 10)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Hours:
Saturday, June 17 - Early close at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, June 20 - Early close at 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 - Early close at 3 p.m.

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.

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