Join us for Illinois Resident Free Days!

On 52 days throughout the year, Illinois residents with a valid ID receive free admission!

Experience unbelievable animals from around the world! Admission includes all permanent exhibits, Amphibians special exhibit, aquatic presentation (subject to availability) and seasonal Stingray Touch (open late May to October). 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. 

Upcoming Illinois Resident Free Days:
January 15, 18, 19, 22-26
February 2, 14
June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19
September 4-30
October 3, 10

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

Illinois Resident Free Days are sponsored by


Fall (Now - June 11)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer (June 11 - Aug 20)
All days: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Hours:
Wednesday, Dec. 13 - Early close at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 24 - Early close at 3 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 25 - Closed.
Monday, Jan 1 - Late opening at 11 a.m. and extended close at 6 p.m.
Monday, Jan 15 - Extended close at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan 16 - Closed
Wednesday, Jan 17 - Closed
Monday, Feb. 19 - Extended close at 6 p.m.

*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.

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