2/22/2021 to 2/26/2021
Shedd Aquarium will offer five Illinois Resident Free Days (Feb. 22-26, 2021) allowing guests to come face-to-face with aquatic animals. This offering demonstrates the aquarium’s commitment to providing access to connect to nature and wildlife for all, despite the aquarium’s multiple closures and significant revenue shortfalls as a result of the pandemic.
Tickets must be secured either online or by phone ahead of a visit, as the aquarium continues to maintain a significantly lower building capacity as part of its stringent health and safety measures. Additional onsite protocols meant to create a fun and safe environment for guests include timed tickets to entry, mask requirements, hand sanitizer stations, one-directional pathways, and more. Free admission will not be granted to guests who walk up without a reservation.
With valid ID, Illinois residents receive free general admission, which includes the chance to see the newest arrivals like the five-month-old Pacific white-sided dolphin calf in the Abbott Oceanarium or even a brand-new cuttlefish habitat in the Oceanarium that highlights the incredibly adaptive and stealthy species of cephalopods who can change the color of their body to match their surroundings. Guests can also explore pulsing jellies and eels ribbon in the special exhibit Underwater Beauty, or get immersed in Wild Reef home to sharks, rays, and corals.
Time: Regular hours