Special Offers

We have special offers and Illinois Resident Discount Days throughout the year! See what best suits you and your family. Valid ID must be presented on site for all offers, unless otherwise specified.

Illinois Residents

Upcoming Illinois Resident Discount Days:
2016:
August: 29, 30
September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
November 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Check back for additional dates.

On 52 days throughout the year, Illinois residents with a valid ID receive free general admission or discounted upgraded admission to the aquarium. Three options are available on your Illinois Resident Discount Days visit:

General admission: Free
Available for on-site purchase only
Includes Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World and Amazon Rising.
Save $8 per Adult ticket and $6 per Child ticket.

Total Experience: Adult $31.95 Child $24.95
The best value to see everything Shedd has to offer! Includes Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, and Polar Play Zone. Also includes the aquatic program, Amphibians special exhibit, Stingray Touch*, and a 4-D Experience.

Shedd Pass: Adult $22.95 Child $15.95
Includes Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, and Polar Play Zone. Does not include the aquatic program, Amphibians special exhibit, Stingray Touch*, or the 4-D Experience.

*Stingray Touch is open seasonally May to November.

Illinois Resident Discount Days sponsored by

Free Shedd Pass for Military Personnel and Families

From Memorial Day, May 30, through Labor Day, September 5, 2016, active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve plus up to 5 of their family members are eligible for free Shedd Passes as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members. For more information, visit the Blue Star Museums FAQ page.

Buy Online and Save

Purchase the Total Experience Pass online and receive exclusive pricing. Get more details here!

Member Perks

From our special members events, to our exclusive members-only communications, we bring you the inside scoop! Check out our upcoming special events and discounts.

CityPASS

Save 53% or more off VIP admission to Shedd Aquarium, plus 4 more top Chicago attractions: Skydeck Chicago Fast Pass, The Field Museum All-Access, Museum of Science and Industry OR 360 CHICAGO Express Entry, Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute of Chicago. You’ll skip most ticket lines, too.

Valid 9-days. Cost: Adult $98 (value $208); Child (3-11) $82. Purchase booklets or printable vouchers at citypass.com or at the Shedd Aquarium box office for the same low price.

Bank of America Museums on Us program

Guests who present a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit, or debit card, along with photo identification, will receive one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month.

Upcoming Bank of America's Museums on Us weekends:
Jul. 2-3, Aug. 6-7, Sep. 3-4, Oct. 1-2, Nov. 5-6, and Dec. 3-4.

Admission benefits are not transferable and are valid for the cardholder only. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D theater. Upgrade your experience to include the Total Experience Pass, which includes all exhibits and shows, for $31.95

Chicago residents

Residents of the city of Chicago receive a $3 discount on admission every day, except Illinois Resident Discount Days. Must present valid ID.

Educators

Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can receive a complimentary Shedd Pass by registering online. This pass includes admission to Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium and Polar Play Zone. Upgrades available for purchase onsite: special exhibit (when available), aquatic program tickets, or 4-D Experience tickets.

If you’re outside of our four-state area but would still like to learn more about connecting your curriculum to the living world, you can receive $3 off admission to Shedd by showing a valid school ID or current paystub at a cashier station when you buy your ticket onsite.

Active-duty military personnel

Active-duty military personnel receive a free Shedd Pass with proper ID.

This pass includes admission to Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium and Polar Play Zone. Upgrades available for purchase onsite: special exhibit (when available), aquatic program tickets, or 4-D Experience tickets. Please note that dependents and family are not included in this offer.

Chicago police officers and firefighters

Chicago police officers and firefighters receive a free Shedd Pass with proper ID.

This pass includes admission to Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium and Polar Play Zone. Upgrades available for purchase onsite: special exhibit (when available), aquatic program tickets, or 4-D Experience tickets.

Students

With a valid school I.D., students receive a $3 discount on admission every day except Illinois Resident Discount Days.

Senior citizens

Senior citizens (65+ years) receive a $3 discount on admission every day except Illinois Resident Discount Days.

Great Kids Museums passports

A Great Kids Museum Passport is good for two adults and two children for general aquarium admission only. Find them at Chicago Public Library branches. Passes should be presented in the general admission line.

Corporate members

If your employer belongs to our corporate membership program, you may qualify for free or discounted admission to the aquarium.

Hours

Hours

Summer (Now - Aug 22)
All days: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Winter (Aug 22 - June 10)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Hours:
August 6: Early 4:00 p.m. closing

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.

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