Free Days at Shedd Aquarium throughout October for Illinois Residents

Illinois Residents Can Enjoy the Aquarium for Free on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays All Month


Shedd Aquarium will offer twelve days in October when Illinois residents can visit the aquarium free of charge. The free days underscore Shedd’s commitment to allowing everyone an opportunity to come eye to eye with aquatic life – even despite the aquarium’s extended closure earlier this year.                                

 Illinois Resident Free Days will look different than previous years, as Shedd has adopted several stringent measures to ensure guests have a safe and enjoyable visit. This includes a severely limited building capacity, timed-ticketing, one-directional pathways throughout the building, mandatory face coverings, readily available hand sanitizer stations and more.                                

Most notably, guests looking to take advantage of the free admission must secure their tickets in advance via Shedd’s website or by phone. Free admission will not be granted to guests who walk up without a reservation. While the aquarium is now open to guests, financial support remains critical to Shedd’s continued success. Beyond planning a visit, there are several ways that the public can make a contribution to fuel Shedd’s mission 


Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the month of October 


Shedd Aquarium 


Tickets must be secured ahead of a visit. This can be done on Shedd’s website or by phone: 312-939-2438. All adults must provide proof of residency in-person when redeeming tickets at the discounted rate. For the latest information about the aquarium hours and discounts, please visit our “Plan a Visit” page or call 312-939-2438. Please note: A $3 transaction fee applies to Illinois Resident Free Day tickets reserved online. This helps ensure access to as many neighbors as possible by validating orders. Photos can be viewed and downloaded here: credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez # # #

About Shedd Aquarium

The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago sparks compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Home to 32,000 aquatic animals representing 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the globe, Shedd is a recognized leader in animal care, conservation education and research. An accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the organization is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and supported by the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Chicago Park District.