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Membership

It's great to belong to something. It’s even better to belong to something great — like Shedd. Our members make wonderful things possible. Our collections and exhibits, like the Abbott Oceanarium. Our conservation efforts and education programs. There are also some great perks including free admission for a year.

Purchase your membership online and use it today by presenting the e-mail confirmation at the Membership Desk.

Have a question about Shedd membership? Check out the membership FAQ page.





Member Benefits

All membership levels receive:
• Free entry to all exhibits and tickets to daily aquatic shows based on availability. You can also purchase your aquatic show tickets in advance for a small fee.
• Invitations to exclusive member events
• Early notices and discounts on education classes and programs 
• Free subscription to member publications
• Discounts in aquarium stores and restaurants 
• Reciprocal memberships at select aquariums and zoos around the country
**4-D movie tickets are not included, but can be purchased for $3 a ticket.

Additional benefits by level are:

Personal $75 - New level!
• Access for the member
• One membership card (cardholders must be 18 years or older)
• Cardholder must be present on the day of visit to receive access to member benefits.

Joint $150 - New level!
• Access for two members
• Two membership cards (cardholders must be 18 years or older)
• Cardholder must be present on the day of visit to receive access to member benefits.

Family/Household $195
• Access for two adults and any number of children in the household (ages 18 and under)
• Two membership cards (cardholders must be 18 years or older and in the same household)
• Cardholder must be present on the day of visit to receive access to member benefits.

Advocate $250
• Access for 2 adult cardholders, 2 adult guests and any number of children in the household (ages 18 and under)
• Two membership cards (for two adults in the same household)
• Invitations to Auxiliary Board events
• Cardholder must be present on the day of visit to receive access to member benefits.

Sponsor $500
• Access for 2 adult cardholders, 3 adult guests and any number of children in the household (ages 18 and under)
• Entry into drawings for private behind-the-scenes tours
• Invitation to annual Board of Trustees gala
• Reserved seating for daily Abbott Oceanarium shows (upon availability, with advance notice)
• Cardholder must be present on the day of visit to receive access to member benefits.

Ambassador $1,000
• Access for 2 adult cardholders, 4 adult guests and any number of children in the household (ages 18 and under)
• Recognition in the annual report
• Behind-the-scenes tours with senior aquarists/trainers (offered quarterly)
• Invitation to annual donor recognition event
• Cardholder must be present on the day of visit to receive access to member benefits.

Visit our Aquarium Council page for information about other levels of giving.

For more information about membership, e-mail membership@sheddaquarium.org or call 312-692-3284.

*Memberships are 100% tax deductible under Internal Revenue Service guidelines. Member privileges subject to change. Memberships are not transferable or refundable.


New! Adopt-an-Animal program

Contribute to Shedd's mission in a new way by symbolically adopting a penguin, Pacific white-sided dolphin or beluga whale.

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Get the latest updates about member events, discounts and exclusive offers on our For Members page.

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