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Shedd Aquarium Free For All Of September — And It’s Got Cool Evening Events For Free, Too

Illinois residents can get into the museum for free this month.

Young visitors at Shedd Aquarium.
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CHICAGO — The Shedd Aquarium will have free admission for all Illinois residents this month.

The aquarium at 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive will let visitors explore its new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty, and visit the main galleries and take in an aquatic presentation without paying an admission fee.

Attendees will need to show proof of residence for the offer.

The aquarium will extend the free days with special night events on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Attendees who can’t visit the museum during the day or on weekends will be able to go and listen to live music while looking at the aquarium.

Here’s a schedule for the evening events:
• 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.

Admission to the evening events will be free, though the special food and drinks that will be served will cost money.

The aquarium encouraged those who want to attend to reserve 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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