Ticket Prices

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: Save with 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. Find more information below!

Online Passes

Buy these tickets in advance and avoid a long wait!

City Pass

Adult $96 Child $79

Save 50% off Chicago’s 5 best attractions, plus bypass the main ticket line. Chicago CityPASS includes priority entry to Shedd Aquarium, including all exhibits and a special FX 4-D Experience. Ask us onsite about adding the aquatic show to your visit! Valid 9-days. Learn more>


Adult $54.95 Child $45.95

The Express Pass allows you to bypass the ticket line and begin your visit. The pass, sold for same-day admission, includes everything Shedd has to offer, including the aquatic show and a 4-D Experience. Click here to purchase.


Adult $39.95 Child $30.95
Save $2 per ticket when you buy online* - Adult $37.95 Child $28.95

*Must purchase a minimum of one day in advance for online savings

The best value to see everything Shedd has to offer! Select your show times and plan your day in advance. The Total Experience Pass includes access to all of Shedd’s exhibits and experiences, including the aquatic show and a 4-D Experience. For best availability, we recommend you plan at least 5 days in advance. Click here to purchase.


Prices vary.

Save up to 55% on Chicago’s top attractions. With the Go Chicago Card choose from more than 26 attractions, museums and tours in Chicago for one low price. This pass is now available for instant delivery, and you can bypass the main line at Shedd (and at many other attractions, too). Add Shedd's aquatic show for $4 a person (available at Shedd box office only). Learn more>


Join our community of members.

Membership Details

Membership packages start at $75 each year.

Become a member! 

Support Shedd and enjoy unlimited admission to the aquarium year-round.

Already a member?

Reserve advance tickets for you and your guests online.

Extraordinary Experiences

Get a Shedd experience that’s a little more special, more personal, more in-depth.

Go Behind the Scenes

Prices vary.

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 ExperiencesLearn more>

On-Site Ticket Options

These tickets are only available on-site at Shedd.

Shedd Pass Plus

Adult $35.95 Child $26.95
Provides access to the following exhibits:

Pass includes your choice of one of the following: Shedd's aquatic show, special exhibit (when available) or a 15 minute 4-D movie.

Shedd Pass

Adult $30.95 Child $21.95
Provides access to the following exhibits:

Shedd's aquatic show, special exhibit (when available) or a 15 minute 4-D movie can be added for $5/person/experience.

General Admission

Adult $8 Child $6

Provides access to the following exhibits:

Does not include Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, special exhibit, aquatic show tickets or 4-D Experience tickets. Our special exhibit and the aquatic show cannot be added to this General Admission ticket.


Winter (Labor Day-Memorial Day)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special hours
3/21 - 3/31 - 6 p.m. close
4/1 - 4/12 - 6 p.m. close

Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Every day: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.

Getting here

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

Calendar of Events

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Field trips & groups

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Special offers

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Tips for a great visit

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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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