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 $98 Child $82

Save 53% off Chicago’s 5 best attractions, plus bypass the main ticket line. Chicago CityPASS includes priority entry to Shedd Aquarium, including all exhibits, a special FX 4-D Experience, Stingray Touch* and the Amphibians special exhibit. Ask us onsite about adding the aquatic show to your visit! Valid 9-days. Learn more>

*Stingray Touch is open seasonally from late-May to October.


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, Stingray Touch*, a 4-D Experience and Amphibians. Click here to purchase.

*Stingray Touch is open seasonally late-May to October.


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, Stingray Touch,* Amphibians special exhibit** and a 4-D Experience. Plus, get priority entry into the aquarium! For best availability, we recommend you plan at least 5 days in advance. Click here to purchase.

*Stingray Touch is open seasonally late-May to October.


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

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

General Admission

Adult $8 Child $6

Provides access to the following exhibits:

Does not include Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians 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 (Now - June 13)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer (June 13 - Aug 21)
All days: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Hours:
May 30: Extended 6:00 p.m. closing
June 11: Early 2:00 p.m. closing
August 6: Early 4:00 p.m. closing

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.


Adult: 12+ years
Child: 3-11 years
Infant (free admission): 2 years and under

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Special offers

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