The 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.
Illinois residents can take advantage of free days on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the month of October.
Most notably, guests looking to take advantage of the free admission must secure their tickets in advance via Shedd’s website or by phone at 312-939-2438. Free admission will not be granted to guests who walk up without a reservation.
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.