Shedd Aquarium Free Access Days Start On Jan. 15 — MLK Day

Sunday, January 14, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Children inside of the Shedd Aquarium | Courtesy Shedd Aquarium

All Illinois residents with valid ID’s will be able to get into the Shedd Aquarium for free starting Jan. 15 — Martin Luther King Day, according to museum officials.

The free access includes aquatic presentations, the seasonal Stingray Touch exhibit (open late May to October), the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit; daily animal chats; and more. Admission can be upgraded to include 4-D Experience for $4.95 per guest,  officials said.

This year, for the first time, the aquarium is extending the hours of certain free days, according to a statement the aquarium released on Jan. 10.

“This means any residents that typically can’t make it to the aquarium because of work or school responsibilities will still have an opportunity to take advantage of this offering during the evening,” officials said.

“Expanded access is also included for those who received free admission everyday including teachers, active-duty military personnel, first responders, and eligible low-income families with an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card as a Museums for All partner, powered by ComEd. Illinois Resident Free Days are sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company.”

The Shedd will be closed to the public on Jan. 16 and  Jan. 17 for routine maintenance and cleaning.

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Courtesy Shedd Aquarium 

Below is a list of all of the free access dates:

  • Jan. 15, 18, 19, 22-26
  • Feb. 2, 14
  • June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19
  • Sept. 4-30
  • Oct. 3, 10

Extended Hours (Open Until 9 p.m.):

  • Jan. 24
  • Aug. 7
  • Sept. 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
  • Oct. 3, 10

Free Jazzin’ at the Shedd Events (Open Until 10 p.m.):

  • Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26

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