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Free Days at Shedd Aquarium Throughout October

Illinois Residents Can Enjoy the Aquarium for Free on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays All Month

September 28, 2020

A young guest wearing a pink face mask gazes up into a large fish habitat.

Shedd Aquarium will offer twelve days in October when Illinois residents can visit the aquarium free of charge. The free days underscore Shedd’s commitment to allowing everyone an opportunity to come eye to eye with aquatic life – even despite the aquarium’s extended closure earlier this year.

Illinois Resident Free Days will look different than previous years, as Shedd has adopted several stringent measures to ensure guests have a safe and enjoyable visit. This includes a severely limited building capacity, timed-ticketing, one-directional pathways throughout the building, mandatory face coverings, readily available hand sanitizer stations and more.

Most notably, guests looking to take advantage of the free admission must secure their tickets in advance via Shedd’s website or by phone. Free admission will not be granted to guests who walk up without a reservation.

While the aquarium is now open to guests, financial support remains critical to Shedd’s continued success. Beyond planning a visit, there are several ways that the public can make a contribution to fuel Shedd’s mission

WHEN: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the month of October

WHERE: Shedd Aquarium

TICKETS: Tickets must be secured ahead of a visit. This can be done on Shedd’s website or by phone: 312-939-2438.

All adults must provide proof of residency in-person when redeeming tickets at the discounted rate. For the latest information about the aquarium hours and discounts, please visit our “Plan a Visit” page or call 312-939-2438.

Please note: A $3 transaction fee applies to Illinois Resident Free Day tickets reserved online. This helps ensure access to as many neighbors as possible by validating orders.

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Photo credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez