Open 9 am - 5 pm
Guests in front of Shedd's Wild Reef shark habitat stand before the curved floor-to-ceiling glass as sharks cruise by.
Beluga whales crowd around a camera just beneath the water's surface.
Illinois Schools*
Other Groups**
Group All-Access
All exhibits, aquatic presentation plus a 4-D Experience

Adult $4 $29.95
Students (ages 3-19)
$4 $22.95
Group Admission + Aquatic Presentation
All exhibits and aquatic presentation
Adult Free $26.95
Students (ages 3-19)
Free $19.95
Group Admission
All exhibits

Adult Free $22.95
Students (ages 3-19)
Free $16.95

*Illinois Schools are K-12 Illinois schools certified by the Illinois Board of Education, along with Illinois homeschools.

Illinois School groups (K-12) certified by the Illinois State Board of Education receive free Group Admission + Aquatic Presentation tickets at a 1:5 adult to student ratio. Any adults over the ratio will be charged the rates below. (We recommend a 1:5 adult/student ratio (grades K-5); 1:10 adult/student (grades 6-12).)

**Other Groups are parties of 15 or more, including out-of-state schools, in-state day cares, colleges, universities, park district groups, senior groups, adult groups, youth programs, church, family, or other social outings. 

Tour operators or Chicago resident groups may email or call us at 312-692-3333 for special rates!

A $2 surcharge applies during peak visitation days. Peak rates are in effect for the following dates during 2020:
March: 6,12-13,19-20, 26-27
April: 2-3,16-17,23-24,30
May: 1, 6-8,12-15,18-22,26-29
June: 4-5

Young students on a field trip whisper to each other during the Aquatic Presentation in Shedd's Oceanarium.

An Unforgettable Field Trip Destination 

Some of the richest learning experiences start by looking nature in the eye. At Shedd, you and your students will explore the world, making discoveries where science, technology, critical thinking and peer learning meet.

See Our Educator Resources

Group Payment Options and Terms

We require advance payment at least 14 days before your scheduled visit. Admission is not guaranteed until your reservation has been fully paid. Payments are not accepted onsite at Shedd unless special arrangements are made. If you need to make special arrangements, or you will no longer be attending, please email our team with your group information and request details. Late payments and no-shows may be subject to a $250 reservation fee.

To pay by credit card, call 312-692-3333. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

To pay by check, mail to: 
Shedd Aquarium Society 
29017 Network Place 
Chicago, IL 60673-1290

Please include your confirmation number on the check.

Please note: we do not accept purchase orders (POs) for payment. Groups are responsible of providing the correct form of payment as listed above: major credit/debit cards or school check.

Confirming free visits for certified Illinois schools

Cancellation notices must be made online no later than 14 days before your visit date or your school will be charged a $250 reservation fee. You will also be sent an email prior to the 14 day required notice window asking you to confirm that you are still planning to attend. Inclement weather and unexpected school cancellations are not subject to this fee. Please contact our staff  by email or by calling 312-692-3333 if there are special circumstances that may prevent your group’s arrival.

Refunds and changes

No refunds will be issued on or after your visit date. Please notify us of any upgrades or changes in the number of adults or children in your group at least 14 days before your visit by emailing or calling 312-692-3333. On the day of your visit, you will be responsible for the number of tickets you have reserved, even if your group size has decreased. If you arrive with additional guests, we’ll make every attempt to accommodate them, based on availability of extra tickets.


Email [email protected]  or call 312-692-3333.