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:
2014:

November: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25.
2015: 
January 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
February 2, 3, 9, 10, 13, 14 , 15, 16, 17, 23, 24
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
September 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
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

360 Chicago Holiday Promo (11/22/14-1/1/15)

From November 22, 2014, through January 1, 2015, receive a free Child's Pass to 360 Chicago ($12 value) when you purchase a child's Shedd Pass. Limit one per child. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Redeemable when Shedd ticket is purchased onsite or when guests show their print at home ticket at will-call. 360 Chicago certificates valid through March 31, 2015.

Buy Online and Save

Guests save $2 per ticket when they purchase our Total Experience Pass online. Get more details here!

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

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 your Chicago CityPASS online using this link, you’ll receive a free aquatic show upgrade ($2 value). After purchase, please download and print your aquatic show coupon here. Please present this coupon with your CityPASS voucher onsite at Shedd.

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.

Hours

Winter (Labor Day-Memorial Day)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special hours

12/17 - 4 p.m. early close
12/24 - 4 p.m. early close
12/25 - Closed
12/26 - 1/2 - 6 p.m. close
1/1 - 10 a.m. late opening
1/19 - 6 p.m. close
1/21 - 1/22 - Closed

Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day)

Every day: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.

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