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Buy your Shedd Aquarium tickets in advance!

The best Shedd visit begins online, not in line. We offer three easy ways to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid a long wait: Select our most popular ticket, the Total Experience Pass; become a Shedd member; or get a Chicago CityPASS, a great vacation value featuring Shedd and four other major attractions. 

Tickets purchased at least one day in advance have no additional fees, so you save time and money! (Be sure to print your tickets at home.) On busy days when there's a long admission line, express entry is only available with a Total Experience Pass (purchased online or on site the day of your visit), which costs $54.95 for adults and $40.95 for children. It gives you the best bang for your buck, with access to all of our exhibits and experiences — including Stingray Touch all summer! You may also purchase a membership for a year of unlimited Shedd visits or CityPASS — both at everyday rates. Other ticket packages are available on site. Quantities are limited and may sell out.

When you're at Shedd, you're our guest, and everything we do is designed to give you an incredible visit. 

Buy your tickets now!

Total Experience Pass

The best way to see the aquarium. Enjoy express entry and access to all of Shedd’s exhibits and experiences, including the aquatic show, Stingray Touch and a 4-D Experience. A Total Experience Pass is $39.95 for an adult, $30.95 for a child. Purchase your tickets now!

Extraordinary Experiences

Meet a penguin, touch a beluga whale, become a trainer for a day, or take a tour behind the scenes of Shedd. Prices vary by experience. Learn more!


Support Shedd and enjoy unlimited admission to the aquarium year-round. Membership packages start at $75.

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Multi-venue passes

If you’re visiting more than one cultural attraction in Chicago, this is the best option for you. Check out Chicago CityPASS and Go Chicago Card. Prices vary.