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Ticket Prices and Special Offers

Tickets are now available for Shedd's redefined single general admission! This new offering will enhance aquarium access for all and show our deep appreciation for our Illinois and Chicago residents.

Purchase your tickets online.

Scroll down to see Shedd's current special offers.

Ticket options 

General admission: Adult $39.95*, child (3-11) $29.95*
Chicago residents: Adult $19.95*, child (3-11) $14.95* A 50% discount!

Experience unbelievable animals from around the world! Admission includes all exhibits, animal presentations** and Stingray Touch (open late May to October). 4-D Experience admission is a $4.95 upgrade for all guests ($2.95 for members).

Interested in meeting the animals? Check out our Extraordinary Experiences!

Purchase your tickets to Shedd today.

* Price reflects online pre-sale or on-site purchases. Click here to see Shedd's refund policy.
** When available, passes to the presentation must be reserved at one of the North Lobby kiosks in front of Soundings Cafe on the day of your visit.

Sightseeing in Chicago?
CityPASS: Adult $106, child (3-11) $89

Chicago CityPASS includes VIP Shedd entry plus four more top Chicago attractions: Skydeck Chicago, the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry OR 360 CHICAGO, and Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute of Chicago.

CityPASS holders enjoy all Shedd exhibits, including the animal presentation and Stingray Touch, plus a 4-D Experience.

Purchase your CityPASS online.

Starting at $75
Enjoy unlimited admission to the aquarium year-round and special discounts!

Members enjoy all Shedd exhibits, including our animal presentations plus exclusive access to special member events! 4-D Experiences can be added for $2.95 a person.

Click here to become a member today!

Gift Certificates
Shedd Aquarium gift certificates make a great gift for the animal enthusiast in your life! They are available in any whole-dollar amount and allow you to include a custom message.

Gift certificates can be sent to you or, if you prefer, directly to the recipient via email. They are good toward Shedd admission, memberships, donations, or an Extraordinary Experience.

Click here to give the gift of Shedd!

Discounts and special offers

Want to save—and support Shedd? Discover the benefits of membership!

Chicago CityPass
Visiting multiple institutions? Save 51% on VIP admission to Shedd Aquarium—and four more top Chicago attractions—with a Chicago CityPASS!

Chicago residents
To show our deep appreciation for your support, Chicago residents save 50% when visiting Shedd! Buy your tickets in advance to save time and money!

Illinois Resident Free Days
Illinois residents enjoy FREE admission to Shedd Aquarium on select free days throughout the year! See the next Illinois Resident Free Days

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

Free Shedd admission for U.S. military personnel and families
From Memorial Day, May 28, through Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2018, active-duty U.S. military personnel, including National Guard and Army Reserve, plus up to five family members, are eligible for free Shedd admission as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID card, DD Form 1173-1 ID card, or Geneva Convention common access card (CAD) for active-duty military family members. For more information, visit the Blue Star Museums FAQ page.

Museums for All
As a Museums for All partner, Shedd offers daily free admission to eligible low-income families (up to four passes per family). Participants can present their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card to redeem this special offer. Museums for All is powered by ComEd.

Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can receive a complimentary Shedd ticket by registering online. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D Experience.

If you’re outside our four-state area but would still like to learn more about sparking compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world, you can receive a $3 on-site discount on your Shedd ticket by showing a valid school ID or current paystub.

Active-duty U.S. military personnel
Active-duty U.S. military personnel receive free general admission with proper ID. 4-D Experience tickets can be added on site. Please note that dependents and family are not included in this offer.

U.S. military veterans
U.S. military veterans receive a $3 on-site discount on their general admission every day. This offer is only for veterans or retired U.S. military and is not applicable to dependents. Cannot be combined with other discounts. 

Chicago police officers and firefighters
Chicago police officers and firefighters receive free on-site general admission with proper ID. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D Experience. 

Students (age 12+) with a valid school ID receive a $3 on-site discount on their general admission every day except Illinois Resident Free Days. This offer cannot be combined with the Chicago resident discount and is not available for child admission tickets (age 3-11).

Senior citizens
Senior citizens (65 years and older) receive a $3 on-site discount on their general admission every day except Illinois Resident Free Days. This offer cannot be combined with the Chicago resident discount.

Kids Museum Passports
Kids Museum Passport is good for free on-site admission for two adults and two children. Find them at Chicago Public Library branches. Passes should be presented in the general admission line.

Corporate members
General admission tickets are now the standard ticket offering for all our guests—including corporate partners’ employees. As a supporter of Shedd, your employees will receive complimentary admission to the aquarium’s permanent exhibits, including Stingray Touch, and first-come, first-served tickets to the animal presentation ($39.95 value). See the current corporate member details.

Bank of America Museums on Us program
Guests who present a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit, or debit card, along with photo identification, will receive one free admission on site on the first Sunday of the month.

Upcoming 2018 Bank of America's Museums on Us weekends:
July 8
Aug. 5
Sept. 2
Oct. 7
Nov. 4
Dec. 2

Admission benefits are not transferable and are valid for the cardholder only. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D Experience.