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: Select 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 $94 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 (ticket value $37.50). The aquatic show can be added for $2 a person.  Valid 9-days. Learn more>

EXPRESS PASS

Adult $54.95 Child $40.95

On busy days when there's a long admission line, express entry is available for purchase. 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 and a 4-D Experience. Learn more>

TOTAL EXPERIENCE PASS

Adult $39.95 Child $30.95

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* and a 4-D Experience. For best availability, we recommend you plan at least 5 days in advance. Learn more>

*Ticket pricing reflects the seasonal availability of this experience. (Nov. through May - Adult $36.95 Child $27.95)

GO CHICAGO

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>

Membership

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.

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:

  • Waters of the World
  • Caribbean Reef
  • Amazon Rising
  • Wild Reef
  • Abbott Oceanarium
  • Polar Play Zone

Pass includes your choice of one of the following: Shedd's aquatic show, Jellies special exhibit, Stingray Touch* experience or a 15 minute 4-D movie.

*Available seasonally May-Oct.

Shedd Pass

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

  • Waters of the World
  • Caribbean Reef
  • Amazing Rising
  • Wild Reef
  • Abbott Oceanarium
  • Polar Play Zone

Shedd's aquatic show, Jellies special exhibit, Stingray Touch* experience or a 15 minute 4-D movie can be added for $5/person/experience.

*Available seasonally May–Oct.

General Admission

Adult $8 Child $6

Provides access to the following exhibits:

  • Caribbean Reef
  • Waters of the World
  • Amazon Rising

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

Hours

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

Special hours
10/1 - 3:30 early close for Abbott Oceanarium, Stingray Touch, and 4-D Experience
10/13 - 6 p.m. close
11/27 - 4 p.m. early close
11/28 - 6 p.m. close
11/30 - 5:30 p.m. early close
12/24 - 4 p.m. early close
12/25 - Closed
12/26 - 12/31 - 6 p.m. close

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

Getting here

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

Calendar of Events

Check our calendar so you don't miss exciting upcoming programs and events.

Field trips & groups

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Special offers

You’ll find ways to save and other offers here.

Policies

Help us keep Shedd safe for our guests and animals — review our policies before you arrive.

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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