25 Free Days at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium in Jan/Feb

Come on out and enjoy the Shedd Aquarium, which is FREE to Illinois residents on 25 days in January and, February, 2019. These are part of what is called Illinois Resident FREE Days in 2019 when general admission to the Shedd Aquarium is free.  Including these 25 FREE days, Shedd’s has 52 free days in 2019 take advantage of civic and school holidays to make family visits more convenient and the free admission to the Shedd Aquarium includes the Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, and the Caribbean Reef. Packages including Wild Reef, Polar Play Zone and Oceanarium are available at a discounted rate.   The museum will also be free from Jan. 17-21. (The museum will be open until 9 p.m. on Jan. 21.) In February, the museum will be FREE each week from Monday through Friday all month.


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The museum will be closed on Jan. 15-16 for routine maintenance and cleaning.

With a valid ID, Illinois residents receive free general admission, which includes the chance to discover the speed of Pacific white-sided dolphins in an aquatic presentation (subject to availability), get lost in the intricate patterns of the angelfish in the special exhibit Underwater Beauty, see belugas, sharks or penguins and more.


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Admission can be upgraded to include 4-D Experience for $4.95 per guest.   A $3 transaction fee applies to Illinois Resident Free Day tickets reserved online.  Illinois Resident Free Days are sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund.  Shedd said that residents who cannot visit on free days in January and February can look out for more free day offerings later this year.


Join us for Illinois Resident Free Days!

On select days throughout the year, Illinois residents with a valid ID receive free admission!

  • Upcoming Illinois Resident Free Days in 2019:

January 17-21

February 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-28

Get the most out of your free day with these tips for a great visit:

  • Shedd can get crowded on weekends. If possible, try to visit on a weekday. You’ll have the best views of your favorite animals!
  • Capacity is limited. We recommend reserving tickets in advance online to avoid sell-outs and enjoy priority entry into the aquarium!

The museum is located at 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. in Chicago.

For more information visit https://www.sheddaquarium.org/ or call 312-939-2438.


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