Join us for Illinois Resident Free Days!

On select days throughout the year, Illinois residents with a valid ID receive free admission! This year, every day from Sept. 4 to 30 is free for IL residents!

Upcoming Illinois Resident Free Days for 2018:
September 4-30
October 3, 10

Get the most out of your free day with these tips for a great visit:

  • On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in September, join us late for Shedd After Hours, featuring themed music and drinks until 9 p.m.!
  • Shedd can get crowded on weekends. If possible, try to visit on a weekday. You’ll have the best views of your favorite animals!
  • Capacity is limited. We recommend reserving tickets in advance online to avoid sell-outs and enjoy priority entry into the aquarium!
  • Stingray Touch is open until Sept. 12. Be sure to stop by in the first half of September to visit this exhibit before it closes until next year!

Dolphins jumping
Click here to reserve your free tickets in advance!


Experience unbelievable animals from around the world! Admission includes all permanent exhibits, aquatic presentation (subject to availability) and seasonal Stingray Touch (open late May to Labor Day weekend). 4-D Experience admission is a $4.95 upgrade for all guests.

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.

See frequently asked questions about Illinois Resident Free Days on our FAQ page!

Illinois Resident Free Days are sponsored by
Ford

Hours

Fall
(Oct. 1 - June 2019)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer (June - Aug  2019)
All days: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Hours:
Monday, Oct 8 - Late close at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16 - Early close at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14 - Early close at 4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 22 - Early close at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4 - Extended hours to 9 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 24 - Early close at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Closed

Sept/Oct. Extended Hours:
The following dates have extended hours until 9 p.m.
Sept. 5, 6, 10, 12, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27
Oct. 3, 10

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.

Tips for a Great Visit

Planning a visit to Shedd? Read our tips for a great visit to make sure your experience goes swimmingly!

Extraordinary Experiences

Dive behind-the-scenes on a guided tour or a Wild Reef shark feeding session! Learn more about our Extraordinary Experiences.

Special offers

You’ll find ways to save, along with other offers here.

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