Illinois residents enjoy FREE admission 52 days a year on the Shedd Aquarium free admission days. Experience unbelievable animals from around the world. FREE 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.
2018 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
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.
A part of Chicago since 1930, Shedd Aquarium welcomes 2 million guests annually for unforgettable encounters with 32,000 animals from the world’s aquatic environments including sea otters, dolphins, penguins and more.
Shedd is more than a destination. The scientists are saving endangered species and their habitats. The animal care experts rescue and rehabilitate wildlife in need, across the country and around the world.
Dive in to learn more about Shedd Aquarium―the animals, the people and the place.
*Proof of residency for free admission days: All adults in your party (age 18+) are required to show a photo ID with an Illinois address to receive free admission on IL Resident Free Days. Children will not require any proof of residency, if they are accompanied by a resident adult with the appropriate ID. Current college and university IDs are valid proof of residency for students living in Illinois or Chicago while attending school. Other forms of acceptable documentation include a utility bill, a bank statement, a lease agreement, a recent paystub or any other official documentation that lists the resident’s full name and address in Illinois or Chicago.
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605