“When are the Upcoming Free Days at the Shedd Aquarium in 2019?”

Illinois Resident Free Days at the John G. Shedd Aquarium from Thursday, January 17, 2019 through Monday, January 21, 2019; Friday, February 1, 2019; Monday, February 4, 2019 through Friday, February 8, 2019; Monday, February 11, 2019 through Friday, February 15, 2019; Monday, February 18, 2019 through Friday, February 22, 2019; and Monday, February 25, 2019 through Wednesday, February 28, 2019.  The Ford Motor Company Fund sponsors Illinois Resident Free Days.

Upcoming Free Days at the John G. Shedd Aquarium


17th through 21st


4th through 8th

11th through 15th

18th through 22nd

25th through 28th

On these days, all adult Illinois residents (eighteen-years-of-age-and-up) must present valid identification with an Illinois address to receive free admission.  Children do not need to furnish proof of residency if they are accompanied by adults with valid identification.  Current university or college identification cards are valid proof of residency for students living in Chicago or anywhere else in Illinois.  If a resident’s photo identification card does not list an address, one must furnish secondary documentation such as a utility bill, a bank statement, a lease, a recent paystub, or any other official documentation that lists one’s full name and an address in Illinois.

One can reserve these free tickets online by clicking here, but be forewarned there is a $3 transaction fee.  Free tickets cover the whole aquarium, including all exhibits, chats, Aquatic Presentations (subject to availability), and Stingray Touch! (from late May to Labor Day weekend).  The Aquatic Presentation is covered on a first-come, first-served basis.  Pick up tickets at a North Lobby kiosk in front of the Soundings Café.  One can add the 4-D Experience to the visit by paying $4.95 per person ($2.95 for Members).

The Shedd Aquarium is a Smithsonian Affiliate.  It is located on the Museum Campus in the Chicago Park District’s Burnham Park.  Until June of 2019, the Shedd Aquarium will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the workweek (Mondays through Fridays) and from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays).  Please note the Shedd Aquarium is closed January 15-16, 2019 to undergo routine maintenance and staff training.  Also, the Shedd Aquarium will be open until 9:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2019.  The address is 1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.  The Website is https://www.sheddaquarium.org.  The phone number is (312) 939-2438.

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