Plan a Visit


Illinois Resident Discount Days
On our Illinois Resident Discount Days, Illinois residents can enjoy free general admission. This includes the Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, and the Caribbean Reef. Packages including Wild Reef, Polar Play Zone and Abbott Oceanarium are available to Illinois residents at a discounted rate. Shedd's 52 discount days a year take advantage of civic and school holidays to make family visits more convenient. 

Upcoming 2014 Illinois Resident Discount Days
June: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
(Check back for additional dates.)

Illinois Resident Discount Days sponsored by

Bank of America's Museums on Us Program
Visitors who present a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or debit card, along with photo identification, will receive one free mini-pass admission on the first full weekend of each month. Admission benefits are not transferable and are valid for the cardholder only. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D theater. Upgrade your ticket to a Shedd Pass for an additional $12.95 or to a Total Experience Pass for $18.95.

2014 Bank of America's Museums on Us weekends are:
Jan. 4-5, Feb. 1-2, March 1-2, April 5-6, May 3-4, June 7-8, July 5-6, Aug. 2-3, Sept. 6-7, Oct. 4-5, Nov. 1-2, Dec. 6-7.

Resident Discount
Residents of the city of Chicago receive a $3 discount on admission every day, except Illinois Resident Discount Days. Must present vaild ID.

Educator Discount
Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can receive a complimentary Shedd Pass ticket by registering online.

If you’re outside of our four-state area but would still like to learn more about connecting your curriculum to the living world, you can receive $3 off admission to Shedd by showing a valid school I.D. or current paystub at a cashier station when you buy your ticket.

Other Discounts
We offer a discount to active-duty military personnel and Chicago police officers and firefighters. With proper ID, you will receive discounted admission to the aquarium, Abbott Oceanarium and Wild Reef (equivalent to a Shedd Pass).

Students and senior citizens receive a $3 discount on admission every day, except Illinois Resident Discount Days.

Great Kids Museums Passports
A Great Kids Museum Passport is good for two adults and two children for general aquarium admission only. Find them at Chicago Public Library branches. Passes should be presented in the general admission line.

Corporate Members Discount
If your employer belongs to our corporate membership program, you may qualify for free or discounted admission to the aquarium.

If you plan on visiting more than one cultural attraction while in Chicago, CityPASS may be a good option. Find out more about CityPASS.

Skip the lines and save

Avoid waiting in line, and get up to 50 percent off admission to Chicago's top five attractions (including Shedd) with CityPASS.

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