free days at shedd aquarium

FREE Days at Shedd Aquarium in 2017 and the Positive Changes You’re Gonna Like

Come on out and enjoy a FREE day at the Shedd Aquarium!  Didja know that Illinois Residents enjoy FREE admission to Shedd Aquarium 52 days a year! Experience unbelievable animals from around the world!  Admission NOW 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.

free days at shedd aquarium
Check back soon to reserve your Illinois Resident Free Day tickets!

Online Free Day tickets much be reserved at least one day in advance of your visit.
Upcoming Illinois Resident Free Days in 2017::

  • June 5, 6, 12, 13
  • August 28, 29
  • September 6 to 30



HERE’S THE POSITIVE CHANGE:  On Illinois resident free days you now have access to all of the permanent exhibits in the whole Aquarium. This includes:

  • the Wild Reef where you can splash into a coral reef in the Philippines and get a diver’s-eye view of a diverse marine metropolis, while viewing sharks, stingrays and living coral all below surface
  • Sting Ray Touch where stingrays swim around in a shallow tank and you can feel them as the swim up or swim by (Spoiler alert: they’re firm but squishy).
  • The Aquatic show in the Oceanarium which is the big show with the dolphins and whales
  • The Abbott Oceanarium immerses you in the vibrant coastal ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest. As you stroll along the coast, encounter beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions and sea otters. You’ll also find a host of fishes and invertebrates that make their homes where freshwater flows into the ocean or where tides turn seascapes to landscapes and back again each day.
  • Learn about polar opposites while you play and see whales, dolphins and sea otters in the underwater viewing space in Shedd’s Polar Play Zone.

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