Special Offers

We have special offers and Illinois Resident Discount 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.

Get free entry to Jazzin' at the Shedd!

For Chicago spring break, purchase a Total Experience Pass online for any date and receive free admission for you and a guest to come back for Jazzin' at the Shedd this summer ($40 value)! Ticket must be purchased between March 17 and April 30. Free entry is valid for your choice of any Jazzin' dates: Wednesday evenings, June 21 through Sept. 13, 2017.

This offer is nontransferable and only valid for original purchaser. No voucher necessary to redeem, visitor must bring photo ID with original purchaser's name. Only two free Jazzin' admissions per purchase. Cannot be applied toward membership or any other experience. Not redeemable for cash. Offer expires 9/13/2017.

Illinois Residents

Special Offer:
During 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.

Purchase discount day tickets online

Online Discount Day tickets much be purchased at least one day in advance of your visit.

Upcoming Illinois Resident Discount Days:
2017:
June 5, 6, 12, 13
August 28, 29
September 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21

On 52 days throughout the year, Illinois residents with a valid ID receive free general admission or discounted upgraded admission to the aquarium, when they purchase on-site.

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

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!

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

Illinois Resident Discount 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.

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. 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:
Apr. 1-2
May 6-7
Jun. 3-4
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. 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.

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

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

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

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.

2017 Aquatic Presentation schedule

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