The Shedd Aquarium offers free admission to Illinois residents which includes the Water of the World, Amazon Rising and the Caribbean Reef. However, you can see some things but not some of the major exhibits. But, hey, it’s FREE! And, something is better than nothing, especially on a cold winter day, ok, make that a cold spring day! (It is STILL snowing in Buffalo as of March 27th…ugh)
NOTE: Residents of the City of Chicago receive a $3 discount on admission EVERY Day, except Illinois Resident Discount Days. Also, you can get in free (city residents) with the Kids Museum Passport–a little hassle but it is free. Check it out here. It can be used at 15 museums.
NOTE: March 25 and 26 are the last free days for Illinois residents until JUNE.
However, if you have a Bank of America ATM, credit or debit card you can receive one free mini-pass on the first full weekend of every month. So, that is April 6-7, June 1-2, July 6-7, August 3-4, Sept 7-8, October 5-6, Nov 2-3 and December 7-8.
Here are the discounts:
|Discounts at the Shedd Aquarium – Chicago Illinois|
|(See Dates That Apply for Illinois Residents)|
|General Public||Illinois Residents||Educator Discount*||Students|
|Waters of the World||FREE||FREE||Active Military|
|Caribbean Reef||FREE||FREE||Chicago Police|
|Amazon Rising||FREE||FREE||Chicago Firefighters|
|(all three included)||$28.95/$19.95||$20.95/$13.95||FREE||($3 discount)|
|Wild Reef||(Shedd Pass)|
|Polar Play Zone|
|(includes all three)|
|*Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin|
|are free if you register for a pass online (and wait 2-3 days|
|** Except on Illinois Resident Discount Days|
|Illinois Resident Discount Days (Mondays & Tuesdays) – FREE
|February 4-5, 11-12, 17-19, 25-26|
|June 3-4,10-11, 17-18September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30October 7, 14, 21, 28November 4, 11, 18, 25December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30|