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September Illinois Resident Free Days at Shedd Aquarium

On Select Days, Extended Hours and Free Admission Expand Access to Chicago's Aquarium

September 01, 2021

Flower Hat Jellies in Underwater Beauty

Following Labor Day, Shedd Aquarium will offer Illinois Resident Free Days in September on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the month. On select dates, the aquarium will also extend its hours to expand access for an unforgettable experience with animals from sea lions to stingrays and penguins to Pacific white-sided dolphins and so much more.

With valid ID, Illinois residents receive free general admission, which includes access to all exhibits at Shedd. Large or small, freshwater or marine, favorite friends or new ones, the animals at Shedd will surprise, mesmerize, inspire and move you! Guests can also dive deeper daily with special, add-on experiences like a Stingray Feeding, 4-D Experiences or Virtual Reality Experiences to enhance their visit.

Tickets must be secured either online or by phone ahead of a visit to reduce wait time, ensure it’s not sold-out, and for the best possible guest experience. Free admission will not be granted to guests who walk up without a reservation. To reserve tickets and find the latest COVID-19 guidelines, visit

WHEN: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, starting Sept. 7 through Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
*Tuesday, Sept. 28 will be from 9-5

WHERE: Shedd Aquarium
1200 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

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

All adults must provide proof of residency in person when redeeming tickets at a discounted rate. For the latest information about the aquarium hours and discounts, please visit the “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.

VISUALS: General photos and b-roll are available.
Photo Credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez
Video Credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Sam Cejtin