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Illinois Resident Discount Days


About Illinois Resident Discount Days
On our Illinois Resident Discount Days, Illinois residents can enjoy free general admission or discounted ticket packages.

Upcoming 2014 Illinois Resident Discount Days
February: 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25
(Check back for additional dates.)

Lines for Admission:
Discount days are a popular time to visit Shedd. Buy advanced tickets, a Shedd membership, or a CityPASS ticket online to avoid waiting in line to get in.


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Discount Day Ticket Package Options 
 
Three options are available to Illinois residents for your Illinois Resident Discount Days visit:

Total Experience Pass: $28.95 for adults, $21.95 for children (normally $36.95 for adults, $27.95 for children)
Available on site only.
Includes everything Shedd has to offer: Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Jellies special exhibit, one ticket to the aquatic show and one ticket to a 4-D Experience of your choice. 

Shedd Pass: $22.95 for adults, $15.95 for children (normally $30.95 for adults, $21.95 for children)
Available on site only.
Includes Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium and Polar Play Zone.
Upgrades available for purchase on site: Jellies special exhibit, aquatic show tickets, or 4-D Experience tickets, all available at the will-call counter.

General Admission: Free
Available on site only.
Includes Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World and Amazon Rising.


Tips for Planning Your Discount Day Visit!

• Find information on driving directions, parking hours and rates, and public transportation options on our Directions to Shedd page. We recommend you take public transportation to the aquarium. It's cheaper than driving and parking, and the CTA delivers you close to our door.

• If you plan on visiting more than one cultural attraction while in Chicago, we recommend one of our discounted multi-attraction packages: CityPASS or GoChicago.

• Visit early or plan to end your day at Shedd! Take advantage of extended hours this summer when Shedd will stay open until 6 p.m. daily.

• Discover our wide-open spaces behind the scenes! Register for one of our extraordinary experiences, like a beluga encounter, penguin encounter, Trainer for a Day, or behind-the-scenes tour.

• If you’re traveling with a child, use an umbrella stroller. It’s easier than larger models for navigating exhibits and elevators.

• Plan your visit with one of our self-guided Ten Fun Finds tours. Concentrate on several select exhibits rather than rushing to “do” the whole aquarium.

• Take breaks! Shedd's aquatic show, 4-D Experience and restaurants give you a chance to sit down.  
 
• Don’t miss our live animal encounters, dives and chats. Check the schedule on our maps when you arrive.

• Dress for comfort and weather. Bring sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.

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