Membership

Especially for Members

Your Shedd membership gives you free and unlimited entry to all the aquarium’s exhibits—and so much more! Events, discounts and special offers are all part of your Shedd members benefits. And be sure to check out our member visit tips!



2013-2014 Members Guide

We're excited to share a number of the innovative projects underway at Shedd Aquarium! Read about what we're accomplishing with your support behind-the-scenes of Shedd, on the lakeshore, and even hip-deep in a South American river. Thank you for partnering with us!

Member Updates/Events
April 7 - Please be aware that Shedd is closing at 1 p.m. on April 7.

New giving opportunity for members

Hess Select Donation
—From now through May 31, Hess Select sustainable wines will donate 1% of sales in the Chicago area to Shedd! Hess Select wines are vibrant and flavorful with true varietal character, available in choices to make every occasion special. You can feel good about Hess Select not only as a smart value selection, but as a long-time leader in sustainability. Hess Select wines join with you in making smart choices in the way we farm, craft our wines and care for our community. 
Participating locations include Binny’s, Mariano’s, Whole Foods and Potash.


Plan ahead

Penguin Encounters
Members can now purchase their discounted penguin encounter in advance online. Purchase your tickets here.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Members can now purchase their discounted behind-the-scenes tour in advance online. Purchase your tickets here and use the code ADVMEM. 

Advance Aquatic Show Tickets
We added an advance ticket purchase option for the aquatic show current Shedd Aquarium members. For just $2.30 a ticket, you can book the aquatic show exclusively for members. Tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours before your Shedd visit.
*If you are looking to purchase advanced aquatic show tickets on or after May 4, please check back on May 5 for more info.”

Click here for details on how to purchase advance aquatic show tickets.

Feeding Tour: Behind-the-Scenes in Wild Reef
Members can purchase their discounted Feeding Tour: Behind-the-Scenes in Wild Reef in advance online. Purchase your tickets here and use the code ADVMEM.

NOTE: Members with advance tickets for an Extraordinary Experience should still check-in at the main desk to receive their entry wristbands.


Member Visit Tips

 Carry your membership card. It gives you expedited entry and access to a day of fun with 32,500 animals, and all of your special on-site member benefits. (Don’t worry, there is a back-up plan if you forget or have misplaced your card: Simply show your photo ID at the membership desk.)
Have a plan. See new faces or old friends– plan your visit before you arrive.
Check the members page. Get your Aquatic Show tickets in advance, hear about member events, and learn where else you can receive discounts as a Shedd Aquarium member.
Arrive early. Not only will you have the best views of the animals, but you’ll have the best chance to get your free tickets to the aquatic show. We are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, now through Memorial Day.
Check in. Stop at the membership desk off the main foyer with your membership card to get your member wristbands and tickets to any shows you would like.
Take advantage of your discounts in the restaurants and gift stores.


Member Discounts

Education Programs—From family sleepovers to underwater photography lessons, Shedd members receive discounts on almost all of the aquarium’s educational programs. Find upcoming offerings for kids, teens, families, or adults.

Extraordinary Experiences—Members enjoy everyday discounts on beluga encounters and Trainer for a Day experiences. Mention your membership when you call 312-692-3224 to reserve.

Shedd Restaurants—Present your membership card at Soundings Café, Bubble Net food court, or the Deep Ocean Café to receive 10 percent off your purchase. Save on snacks, drinks and lunches. See what we’re serving.

Shedd Stores—From the educational and enlightening to the fun and fuzzy, you’ll find great souvenirs and gifts in the Shedd stores. Members save 10 percent every day.

Advance Aquatic Show tickets

Find out how to reserve your aquatic show tickets.

Special offers for members:

• Ghirardelli discount
• Water Tower Place discounts
Learn more.

Members FAQ Page

Have questions about your membership? Check out our FAQ page for Members!

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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