Join us for Illinois Resident Free Days!

On 52 days throughout the year, Illinois residents with a valid ID receive free admission!

Experience unbelievable animals from around the world! Admission includes all permanent exhibits, Amphibians special exhibit, aquatic presentation (subject to availability) and seasonal Stingray Touch (open late May to October). 4-D Experience admission is a $4.95 upgrade for all guests.

Reserve Illinois Resident Free Day tickets online

Online Illinois Resident Free Day tickets must be reserved at least one day in advance.

Upcoming Illinois Resident Free Days:
June 5, 6, 12, 13
August 28, 29
September 6 to 30

Illinois Resident Free Days are sponsored by



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:
Monday, May 29 - Late close at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13 - Early close at 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 17 - Early close at 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 - Early close at 3 p.m.

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.

2017 Aquatic Presentation schedule

Tips for a Great Visit

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Extraordinary Experiences

Dive behind-the-scenes on a guided tour or a Wild Reef shark feeding session! Learn more about our Extraordinary Experiences.

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