Special Offers

We have special offers and Illinois Resident Discount Days throughout the year! See what best suits you and your family. 

Illinois Residents

Upcoming Illinois Resident Discount Days:
October: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.
November: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25.
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

Shedd Pass and Total Experience Pass are also available for discounted prices.
Available for on-site purchase only

Illinois Resident Discount Days sponsored by

Costume Contest (10/31-11/2)

Children (ages 3-11) will receive a voucher valid for a Chicago Wolves Hockey kids pass when they visit Shedd in their Halloween costumes October 31-November 2. Vouchers will be distributed while supplies last and can be used on specific game dates in November and December. NO CASH VALUE. Cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Veteran's Day

This Veteran's Day weekend (Nov. 7 - 11, 2014), Shedd is thanking vets by offering a voucher for a complimentary Shedd Pass ticket! Click here for more details.

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

If you plan on visiting more than one cultural attraction while in Chicago, CityPASS is a good option.

For a limited time, when you purchase your Chicago CityPASS online using this link, you’ll receive a free aquatic show upgrade ($2 value). After purchase, please download and print your aquatic show coupon here. Please present this coupon with your CityPASS voucher onsite at Shedd.

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:
May 3-4, June 7-8, July 5-6, Aug. 2-3, Sept. 6-7, Oct. 4-5, Nov. 1-2, Dec. 6-7.

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 (Adult) and $24.95 (Child). 

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: Jellies special exhibit, aquatic show 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: Jellies special exhibit, aquatic show tickets, or 4-D Experience tickets.

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: Jellies special exhibit, aquatic show 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 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.