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Shedd Aquarium

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You’ll find something wet, wild and wonderful wherever you walk at Shedd.

The galleries are home to creatures from the Waters of the World – rivers and reefs, Great Lakes and small ones, and the global ocean. So take a tour of the water planet. Want to explore a little deeper? Immerse yourself in the Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising’s flooded forest, the Abbott Oceanarium’s Pacific Northwest coast and Wild Reef’s Indo-Pacific reef. Go totally polar in Polar Play Zone and be sure to see Shedd's Aquatic Presentation.

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Chicago Explorer Pass

Gift vouchers are valid for 3 months and need to be redeemed via our website for entry tickets prior to the intended date of use.

Shedd Aquarium General Admission

Gift vouchers are valid for 3 months and need to be redeemed via our website for entry tickets prior to the intended date of use.
Ticket Type Gate Price Our Price Savings Quantity
Adult $179.89 $154.25 14%
Child $121.62 $101.43 17%
Total $0.00 Add to Basket

THIS COMBINATION PACKAGEINCLUDES A 4 CHOICE CHICAGO EXPLORER PASS AND A 1 DAY ADMISSION TICKET TO SHEDD AQUARIUM!
 

With your Chicago Explorer Pass, you pick the number of attractions you want to visit—3 to 5—from 25 choices, and take up to 30 days to visit them!

  • Save up to 40% on top Chicago attractions. Pay nothing at the gate!
  • Choose as you go. Enjoy 3, 4, or 5 attractions and tours from 25 attractions.
  • Easy to use. Show your pass at designated ticketing areas and enjoy!
  • Take your time. Pass is valid for 30 days after your first attraction visit.
  • Delivered via E-mail Printable and Smartphone Versions.


Enjoy the freedom to choose where to go, as you go. Just decide on the number of attractions you want to visit and buy a 3 to 5 -attraction pass. Save up to 40% off combined gate prices.

With top attractions in Chicago available such as Skydeck Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, The Field Museum, Bike and Roll Chicago and many, many more, you will be sure to find plenty of attractions to enjoy your time in Chicago.

Click here for a complete list of current attractions included with the Chicago Explorer Pass
 


How it Works

What is a Chicago Explorer Pass?
A Chicago Explorer Pass is a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to your choice of 3, 4, or 5 Chicago attractions for one low price.

How does a Chicago Explorer Pass work?

  • Purchase a pass for the number of attractions you want to visit — we offer 3, 4, or 5-Choice Passes.
  • Your Chicago Explorer Pass gets you into any of the 25 included attractions. No need to decide before your trip, choose as you go from the options included with your pass.
  • Simply present your pass at included attractions for admission. Pay nothing at the gate.
  • Visiting your first attraction activates your card. Then, you’ll have 30 days to use your pass.
     

How will I get my pass?
Delivered via E-mail Printable and Smartphone Versions

Does a Chicago Explorer Pass expire?
Yes. You have one year from the date of purchase to begin using your pass. After one year, it will expire. After activated, you’ll have 30 days to use your pass.

What else does the pass include?
You'll get a guide with hours of operation and directions for each attraction, and a map to help plan your itinerary.

 


SHEDD AQUARIUM (Buy your tickets now and skip the long lines Shedd admission IS NOT included with the standard Chicago Explorer Pass)

Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) contains over 25,000 fish, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons of water.  The Shedd Aquarium, which opened on May 30, 1930, was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection.  Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,500 aquatic animals. Explore the recreated environments of the Amazon River and Philippine coral reefs.

NEW - AMPHIBIANS!
Get ready for a toadally ribbiting experience! Shedd’s new special exhibit, Amphibians.
​In Amphibians, you’ll meet 40 species of frogs, salamanders and rarely seen caecilians. Learn how amphibians’ lives are full of change, from their life cycles to their adaptations to live in nearly every environment on Earth. Find out how too much change can spell trouble for amphibians — and how you can help them cope with big changes in our world today! 

 EXHIBITS INCLUDED WITH OUR SHEDD PASS PLUS TICKETS:

You get access to All Permanent and Temporary Exhibits Including:

  • Waters of the World
  • Caribbean Reef
  • Amazon Rising
  • Abott Oceanarium
  • Polar Play Zone
  • Stingray Touch (open late May to October)
  • Amphibians Special Exhibit
  • Oceanarium Live Aquatic Presentation (tickets are available via kiosk inside aquarium)



WHAT YOU GET WITH the 365 TICKETS USA SHEDD PASS PLUS:

Fast-pass entry to the aquarium - You won't need to wait in the general  ticket purchase line at the front of the museum.  Show your 365 Tickets USA Shedd Pass Plus ticket to one of the Shedd personnel in front of the aquarium and they will direct you through the Will/Call Prepaid doors to the Information Desk where you will receive your wristbands and tickets for the Oceanarium Live Aquatic Show before you head into the aquarium.

Access to all of the permanent and temporary exhibits - You will be able to explore all that the Shed Aquarium has to offer at your leisure. You will be able to choose a time to see the Live Aquatic Presentation in the Abott Oceanarium during your visit.

Please Note: Our Shedd Pass Plus Ticket DOES include the Oceanarium Live Aquatic Presentation and DOES include entry to the Stingray Touch Exhibit (open late May to October). It DOES NOT include the 4D Experience, movies which can purchased as an add-on at the aquarium for $3.00 per person if you choose.

  • The Oceanarium Live Aquatic Presentation​ IS included however based on available seating and remaining show times at the time of guest arrival.  (2017 Aquatic Presentation Schedule2018 Aquatic Presentation Schedule)

  • Stingray Touch (seasonal experience) IS included.  Open late May through October.

  • 4D Experience IS NOT included however the 4D Experience tickets may be purchased at the theatre for $3.00 per -person

 


Click here for a complete list of current attractions included with the Chicago Explorer Pass

Frequently Asked Questions


Is this just a discount card? Will I still need to buy tickets?
No. Passes include admission to each attraction; no need to pay anything at the gate. Some attractions may offer upgrades or special exhibits for an additional fee.

Do I need to choose my attractions in advance?
Nope, choose as you go. The pass is good for any combination of the number of attractions you purchased.

My child is under 3 years old. Can I get them a Chicago Explorer Pass?
Child Passes are recommended for children ages 3-12. Many attractions offer free admission for younger children. Please consult the attraction websites for more details.

How will I get my pass?
Delivered via E-mail: Printable and Smartphone Versions

How do I activate my pass?
Easy: simply visit your first attraction!

Is the pass valid all day?
You bet! Feel free to visit the attractions any time of the day as long as they are open or operating.

What is your refund policy?
Our Risk Free Guarantee gives you one year from your purchase date to return any non-activated passes for a full refund.

How much will I save?
Compare the price of the pass to the gate prices of the attractions you want to visit to see how much you can save. Many customers save 40%. We give you the flexibility to create your own itinerary and choose the attractions you want to visit depending on your interests.

Can I visit an attraction more than once?
No. Your pass includes only one visit per attraction.

Does a Chicago Explorer Pass expire?
Yes. You have one year from the date of purchase to begin using your pass. After one year, it will expire. After activated, you’ll have 30 days to use your pass.

Do I need to make reservations to visit the attractions?
Attractions that require a reservation will display a symbol on the guidebook page. Some attractions require a credit card to hold a reservation. In these cases, your credit card will not be charged unless you do not show up for your reservation.

What’s the catch?
There’s no catch. Chicago Explorer Pass has a partnership with all of the participating attractions to make your visit to Chicago as memorable as possible and to help you save time and money.

Can I share my pass with a friend or sell it?
No. The Chicago Explorer Pass is non-transferrable and may not be re-sold.

What happens if an attraction is closed or a tour is cancelled due to weather or other problem?
While we do our best to ensure that all attractions are available, events happen that are out of our control. The great thing about a Chicago Explorer Pass is that there are so many attractions to choose from. If an attraction is closed, or cannot be visited for some reason, we know you'll find a fun alternative in your guidebook!


SHEDD AQUARIUM EXHIBITS

AMPHIBIANS!

Get ready for a toadally ribbiting experience! Shedd’s new special exhibit, Amphibians, included with admission
​In Amphibians, you’ll meet 40 species of frogs, salamanders and rarely seen caecilians. Learn how amphibians’ lives are full of change, from their life cycles to their adaptations to live in nearly every environment on Earth. Find out how too much change can spell trouble for amphibians — and how you can help them cope with big changes in our world today! 

Waters of the World
Travel the world in 80 habitats.
Dive into Oceans, from coastal kelp forests to the seafloor. Explore the self-contained ecosystems of Islands and Lakes. Visit Rivers—big and small—and learn more about our local waters in the new At Home on the Great Lakes exhibit. Meet hundreds of amazing animals, from tiny mantella frogsto a a giant octopus, from a Grand Cayman blue iguana to Nile knifefish, and from moon jellies to sea stars. We even have map turtles, in case you get lost.

Caribbean Reef

Take a 360-degree tour of an underwater reef community.
Follow a green sea turtle. Peek at a moray eel in a rocky crevice. Watch regal rays glide by. Get eye-to-eye with parrot fish and sharks. Visit Caribbean Reef, Shedd’s award-winning 90,000-gallon circular habitat in the grand rotunda.

Amazon Rising

Take an exotic journey in the Amazon, home to one-third of all living things.
Watch out for anacondas and piranhas, spiders, rays and a camouflaged caiman. In churning river channels, still lakes and even flooded treetops look for tetras, turtles and fruit-eating fish called tambaqui. See how the region’s animals, plants and people adapt to the water’s dramatic annual rise and fall.

Abbott Oceanarium

The Abbott Oceanarium immerses you in the vibrant coastal ecosystem of beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea otters and sea lions. You’ll also find a host of fishes and invertebrates that make their homes where freshwater flows into the ocean or where tides turn seascapes to landscapes and back again each day. Use our self-guided map to discover how animals are linked to each other, their homes and you.

Polar Play Zone

Kids have a place at Shedd that they can call their own—Polar Play Zone. It’s cool as ice and twice as nice! The penguins think so, too.

Play! Splash! Pretend! What would you like to be? A sleek sliding penguin? A deep-sea explorer? How about both? In Polar Play Zone, you can slip into a penguin suit and try being a bird in the Icy South play area. From there, head to the Icy North to explore the belugas’ Arctic waters in a kid-sized submarine. Don’t forget to shake hands—or is it arms?—with colorful sea stars in the touch pools. In Polar Play Zone, you’ll learn about polar opposites—big and small, fast and slow, shallow and deep, even north and south—while you play.

  • The Oceanarium Aquatic Presentation​ is included however based on available seating and remaining show times at the time of guest arrival. (2017 Aquatic Presentation Schedule2018 Aquatic Presentation Schedule)
  • Stingray Touch (seasonal experience) is included.  Open late May through October.
  • 4D Experience is not included however the 4D experience tickets may be purchased at the theatre for $3.00 per -person
  • Pets are not allowed in the aquarium

SHEDD AQUARIUM 

Driving Directions - From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 18th Street. Follow Museum Campus Drive around Soldier Field. Signs will indicate visitor parking. Shedd is just north of the parking garage and the Field Museum.
Limited street parking is available on Solidarity Drive. The pay-to-park boxes operate Monday through Sunday, 08.00 to 21.00 They accept coins and credit cards. Parking costs $2 an hour with a 10-hour maximum. The Museum Campus also has several lots where you can park.

Public Transport - The Museum Campus is served year-round by the CTA's #146 bus. Service hours are until 10:30 p.m. every day. Between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, if you're using Metra or Amtrak, you can also catch the #130 bus to Shedd.


Email/Print at Home

Unless stipulated in the booking process all bookings require customers to print their voucher off in order to be exchanged for entry to the attraction or tour. We cannot guarantee entry without a printed voucher and will not be able to cancel or refund customers who do not print the vouchers and therefore can't gain access to the venue or tour.

If you cannot print your voucher off for any reason please contact us 24 hours before arriving at the venue.

Cancellations

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