Ticket Prices

The best Shedd visit begins online, not in line. We offer a variety of ways to purchase your tickets in advance and spend less time waiting in line. Find more information below!

BUY TICKETS

Gain Priority Entry

Buy these tickets in advance to avoid a long wait!

Total Experience Pass: Online

Price: Adult $39.95 Child $30.95

What You’ll See: 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. *Stingray Touch is open seasonally late-May to October.

Plus, get priority entry into the aquarium! Select your show times and plan your day in advance. For best availability, we recommend you plan at least 5 days in advance.

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EXPRESS PASS: Same Day Admission

Price: Adult $54.95 Child $45.95

What You’ll Save: Time in line! Get in faster on the day of your visit with an Express Pass, sold for same-day admission.

What You’ll See: This pass allows access to all of Shedd, including the aquatic presentation, Stingray Touch*, a 4-D Experience and our special exhibit, Amphibians. *Stingray Touch is open seasonally late-May to October.

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CityPASS

Price: Adult $98 Child $82
Shedd admission value: $41.95 retail

What You’ll Save: Save 53% off Chicago’s 5 best attractions and skip the line once you arrive at Shedd.

What You’ll See: Chicago CityPASS includes priority entry plus access to all exhibits, a special 4-D Experience, Stingray Touch* and the Amphibians special exhibit. Ask us onsite about adding the aquatic presentation to your visit!  *Stingray Touch is open seasonally from late-May to October.

Click here to learn more about CityPASS and purchase tickets.

Membership

Already a Member? Reserve tickets here!

Price: Membership packages start at a $75 tax deductible donation and cover a year's worth of visits.

What You’ll Save: Enjoy unlimited admission to the aquarium year-round and discounts on Extraordinary Experiences, plus reserve advance tickets for you and your guests online.

What You’ll See: By supporting Shedd, members are granted access to special member events plus all of Shedd’s exhibits, including the aquatic presentation and the Amphibians special exhibit. The 4-D show can be added on to your visit for $3 a person. *Stingray Touch is open seasonally late-May to October and is free for Advocate members and above. All other members can add it to their visit for $3 a person.

Click here to become a member today!

EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES: Go Behind the Scenes

Prices: Depending on the experience, prices range from $55-$350 per adult.

What You’ll Save: Purchase of an Extraordinary Experience includes admission to the aquarium.

What You’ll See: Get a Shedd experience that’s a little more special, more personal, more in-depth. Meet a penguin, touch a beluga whale, become a trainer for a day or take a tour behind the scenes of Shedd with our Extraordinary Experiences.

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PURCHASE TICKETS UPON ARRIVAL

These tickets are available on-site at Shedd.

Total Experience Pass: On-site

Price: Adult $39.95 Child $30.95

What You’ll See: 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. *Stingray Touch is open seasonally late-May to October.

What to Know: Buy your tickets online at least one day in advance to gain priority entry into the aquarium!

SHEDD PASS: ON-SITE ONLY

Prices: Adult $30.95 Child $21.95

What You’ll See: Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone.

What to Know: Shedd Pass does not include our Amphibians special exhibit, aquatic presentation tickets, 4-D Experience tickets, or Stingray Touch. These are available for add-on if desired on-site for $5 each, or choose the Total Experience Pass and get all four for just $9 more! *Stingray Touch is open seasonally late-May to October.

Illinois Resident General Admission: On-site Only

Prices: Adult $8 Child $6 (children age 2 and under are free)

Illinois residents can tour Shedd’s main-floor habitats with this introductory admission package. Available only onsite, it 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. Valid Illinois Resident ID required to purchase.

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.

Special Hours:
Thursday, Nov 17: Early close at 4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 24: Early close at 4 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25: Extended hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec, 7: Early close at 3 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 24: Early close at 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 25: Closed
December 26 through 31: Extended hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 1: Late opening at 10 a.m.

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.

2016 Aquatic Presentation schedule

Ages

Adult: 12+ years
Child: 3-11 years
Infant (free admission): 2 years and under

Getting here

Walk, drive, or take the bus—let’s find the best route for you.

Calendar of Events

Check our calendar so you don't miss exciting upcoming programs and events.

Special offers

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Tips for a great visit

Make the most of your trip with our tips for a great visit!

Contact info

Need more information? Send us an email or give us a call at 312-939-2438. We're happy to help!

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