Open 9 am - 5 pm
A guest in Wild Reef stands under the curved, floor to ceiling glass of the shark habitat, as sharks cruise by above.
A tiny froglet, about the size of the leaf it sits on, peers up at the camera.

Tips for Your Illinois Resident Free Day Visit

  • 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!
  • The 4-D Experience admission is a $4.95 upgrade for all guests. Also, a $3-per-order transaction fee applies to Illinois Free Day tickets reserved online. This helps ensure access to as many neighbors as possible by validating orders.

Shedd is constantly assessing the best ways for people to take advantage of Illinois resident free days, including offering dates throughout the year – specifically in off-peak times – to ensure guests can enjoy the aquarium to their fullest potential. Because most of our free days each year occur during the weekdays, some residents have obligations that keep them from taking full advantage, like school or work responsibilities. This year, Shedd is focused on creating more opportunities for residents to enjoy those days beyond our standard hours, allowing guests to visit later in the day with friends and family to connect with nature in an exciting and different way.


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