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.
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 permanent exhibits, animal presentations, Amphibians special exhibit 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!
* Price reflects online pre-sale or on-site purchases. Please note that same-day online ticket purchases incur a $15-per-ticket express entry fee on all ticket packages or prices (except for Chicago residents and for Illinois Resident Free Day tickets). We recommend buying tickets at least one day in advance to receive the best value and express entry!
Sightseeing in Chicago?
Adult $99.75, child (3-11) $84.75
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 and Amphibians special exhibit 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!
General admission: Adult $55.95, child (7-11) $46.95
Chicago residents: Adult $34.95, child (7-11) $29.95
See Shedd from the perspective of our animal care staff during a 60-minute guided behind-the-scenes tour. You’ll get a view of the aquarium from a new angle and witness Shedd Aquarium at work. Includes express entry to the aquarium, admission to all exhibits and a ticket to the next available aquatic presentation. Minimum age is 7.
Click here to sign up for a Behind-the-Scenes Tour!
Discounts and special offers
Want to save—and support Shedd? Discover the benefits of membership!
Visiting multiple institutions? Save 53% on VIP admission to Shedd Aquarium—and four more top Chicago attractions—with a Chicago CityPASS!
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 52 days a 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.
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 a 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 I.D. 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 (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.
We extend a special welcome to guests 65 and better during Senior Days at Shedd, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September. Arrive between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to receive complimentary admission to the Shedd Aquarium. Click here for more information.
2017 Senior Days: Sept. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
Kids Museum Passports
A 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.
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 full weekend of every month.
Upcoming 2017 Bank of America's Museums on Us weekends:
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.