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Shedd Aquarium Free Days

Undoubtedly, Shedd aquarium is one of the major tourist attractions in Chicago, and indeed, in the country. For over 80 years now, the aquarium has been a major destination for local, national and international tourists. Alas, while the experience is worth it, the price tag can’t exactly be said to be cheap. This explains why there’s a lot of interest in Shedd aquarium free days. There are 52 standard Shedd aquarium free days in a year and these days are sellouts. However, with proper planning and foresight, it’s possible to enjoy this bonus.

How Free are The Days?

While they are commonly referred to as Shedd aquarium free days, the company actually calls them Community Discount days. It means that admission to the aquarium is free on those selected days. However, this free pass is limited only to the galleries labeled as original by the company including, the Amazon Rising (which won the AZA award in 2001), the Caribbean Reef and the Waters of the World. Shedd aquarium free days are predetermined and usually announced on their website. For instance, the following dates have been announced as the upcoming free days for 2011:

12th September, 13th September, 19th September, 20th September, 26th September and 27th September which are all Mondays and Tuesdays.

3rd October, 4th October, 10th October, 11th October, 17th October, 18th October, 24th October, 25th October and 31st October (also Mondays and Tuesdays). Earlier in June, there were also 7 straight Shedd aquarium free days from the 12th to the 17th. If you missed this year’s own, 2012 is another year to watch out for discount week.

Shedd Aquarium Free Days for Members

Apart from the community discount days, members are usually entitled to other “free days”. There are different levels of membership but all the levels are good bargains since they come with free and unlimited admission to all exhibits for a year. They include:

  • $80: guarantees free, admittance for a member and a guest for every visit;
  • $175: guarantees free, admittance for two adults and a maximum of 4 children, 18 and below for every visit;
  • $250: guarantees free admittance for two adults, two adult guests and a maximum of 4 children, 18 and below, for every visit;

These free passes are in addition to other perks exclusive to members.

Shedd Aquarium Free Days for Educators

If you are a teacher from any of these states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan or Indiana, you are entitled to free admittance but only

after registering online.

Shedd Aquarium Free Days for Corporate Affiliates

Employees of certain companies are also entitled to Shedd aquarium free days admittance to view exhibits. The pass is in two categories: All-access and Mini-pass. As an employee of the corporate affiliate, all you need to do is present a valid id. Also, customers of either Merrill Lynch or Bank of America who can present a credit card, a debit card, or an ATM card together with a photo id are entitled to a free mini pass each month (first full weekends only).

You can refer to other sections on this site for information on other Shedd aquarium discounts

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