All Illinois residents will be able to enjoy free admission to the Shedd Aquarium on 12 days during the month of September.

Stingray fishes swimming free in the aquarium

For those of you planning on making the trip to the aquarium, you'll be able to explore the new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty, along with visiting the main galleries and watch an aquatic presentation without paying an admission fee.

You'll just need to prove you're a resident of the Land of Lincoln.

For the month of September, free admission will also be available to those who can only come to the aquarium for the special night events on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

The schedule for those events are as follows:

  • Caribbean Flavors and Flair (Sept. 10, 17, 24): There will be Caribbean-inspired food for attendees.
  • Live Latin Rhythms (Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3, 10): There will be Latin jazz performances, as well as Latin-inspired food and drinks. Attendance to the two October nights will be free.
  • House Party (Sept. 6, 20, 27): The event will feature house music from DJs Jesse Saunders, Terry Hunter, and Farley Jackmaster Funk.

The aquarium suggests you reserve your admission tickets online due to the popularity of the aquarium's free days. Tickets can be reserved online for a $3 transaction fee.


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