Shedd Aquarium free days through June 22

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The Shedd Aquarium is offering free admission to Illinois residents through June 22. If you go, plan on a lengthy line! :)


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  1. Samantha says

    Skip the free days and check out Bank of America’s Museum’s on Us program -we went to the Shedd for free (well not totally I think it cost an extra $6 or $8 to see the Jellies) in May there was no line on a Sunday morning . . .we even got there early enough to see them feeding the fish in the Wild Reef habitat-very cool for the kids

    • Samantha says

      You can use an ATM card or a Credit Card that says Bank of America -so if you have a checking account your ATM card will work. My husband and I each use our BOA ATM cards from the same checking account -we have gone to so many museums on this program -I would really recommend checking it out especially if you are going somewhere for a visit the first weekend of the month.

    • Jenny says

      Don’t go! We live about a mile from it and it is a different experience altogether on non-free days. You seriously can’t see anything when it is packed wall-to-wall inside (and that’s after the lines).

      If you do go this weekend—aim for later in the afternoon or RIGHT when it opens. Between 10:30 and 1:30/2 is the busiest.

  2. Jen says

    Just left the Field Museum (library pass!), and the Shedd lines were crazy long – I heard someone say 90 minute wait. In the blazing hot open sun. Even the lower-level entrance (wheelchair accessible) which usually is a quick way in for those using strollers was longer than I’ve ever seen it.

    If you can go at 9am, you can get metered parking, too, between the Shedd and Adler. $1.75/hour up to 10 hours.

  3. Lacey says

    Would have been nice to see it on their website. We planned for a trip to Chicago yesterday just to see the aquarium (we live in Michigan so we had to travel a ways) and the line was so long! We talked to people in the front part of the line and they said they had been waiting FOUR HOURS just to get that far! Our day trip was ruined! There was NOTHING about this on their website!

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