Senior Days at Shedd

We extend a special welcome to guests 65 and better during Senior Days at Shedd, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September.

2017 dates: Sept. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Arrive between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to receive complimentary admission to the Shedd Aquarium. With a printed schedule of the day’s events, explore all of Shedd’s exhibits, including Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, the Abbott Oceanarium, the Amphibians special exhibit and Stingray Touch experience. Admission to the aquatic presentation, featuring marine mammals and more, is included, as available.

Senior guests arriving between 9 a.m. and Noon receive a $10 voucher good at all Shedd food outlets (while supplies last).

Seniors arriving on their own receive complimentary admission for themselves plus one accompanying adult partner. Group leaders arriving with a reserved senior group also receive complimentary admission.

Additional activities scheduled include garden tours, aquarium history/architecture tours and animal encounters in various exhibits.

Individuals may obtain their passes on site only. Groups of 15 or more seniors require advanced reservations, available by completing the Senior Days group request form here.

More Information

Find out more information below.

Schedule of Events (subject to change)

9 a.m. - Doors open

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Stingray Touch, open on the south terrace

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Sturgeon Touch, open in At Home on the Great Lakes exhibit

9:45 a.m. - Animal chat in Wild Reef: Sharks

10:30 a.m. - Caribbean Reef dive

11 a.m. - Animal chat in the Abbott Oceanarium: Beluga whales and sea lions

11:15 a.m. - Animal chat in Wild Reef: Sharks

Noon - Caribbean Reef dive

1:30 p.m. - Animal chat in the Abbott Oceanarium:  Beluga whales and sea lions

2 p.m. - Caribbean Reef dive

2:30 p.m. - Program concludes; aquarium is open until 5 p.m.

Getting to Shedd

Getting to Shedd

Where to park
The small parking lot between Shedd and the Field Museum, as well as the Soldier Field parking garage, offer reserved accessible parking. If you’re driving and would like to drop off a passenger, pull into our bus turnaround, which is close to the sidewalk-level accessible entrance.

Where to enter
Please use the main entrance beginning at 9 a.m. An accessible entrance is available on the southwest side of the aquarium, behind the “Man with Fish” fountain.

Bag size
Any bag larger than 12”x 12” x 12” will not be permitted, with the exception of diaper bags and carriers for medical supplies. Bags, strollers, backpacks and packages will be inspected before you enter the aquarium. Read more about our policies.

Once you’re inside
A limited number of wheelchairs are available for checkout on a first-come, first-served basis with appropriate identification and a credit card.