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Shedd Aquarium

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Address: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number: +1 312-939-2438
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Description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you...
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,000 aquatic animals - from whales to snails, tarantulas to turtles, angelfish to zebra sharks!
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Special evening!

The Shedd is an amazing aquarium at any time, but during the summer, it really gets special. Every Wednesday evening there is Jazzin at the Shedd, which affords you the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Vero Beach, Florida

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Something everyone should know is to heed the advice on the website. Get tickets online so you can have the smug satisfaction of skipping the 90-minute line to get admission tickets. Also save some coin and avoid the $22 parking at soldiers field. Either take public transit or use uber to get there. All that being said it is a... More 

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Louisville, KY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

As a kid, I always kept a fish tank. Of course, as I grew older, my tanks grew more elaborate until my love of fish finally brought me into the Caribbean Sea. After swimming with the fish and seeing all kinds of wildlife, I was hooked! Coming to The Shedd Aquarium is the perfect culmination of all those experiences. They... More 

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Visited this aquarium when I was a kid and loved it. Now, not s much. It has gotten expensive and is really showing its age. The exhibits are dated and lack imagination. We have visited many aquariums over the years and this one has not stood the teat of time.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We had the CityPass and cruised by looking lines out front and got to see the new baby dolphin. Incredible! Gorgeous museum, lots to see.

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Ballarat, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We go to a lot of aquariums and found this one to be lacking, there was a long wait to get in, it was crowded, loud and we found it hard to find our way around. The main attraction was a show with whales that we missed out on as it was extra on top of the ticket and it... More 

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Winter Haven, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My husband and I love going to aquariums when we travel and this one did not disappoint. Petting the sting rays, seeing beluga whales, coral reefs, and so many other things. Truly a great aquarium and of course, a great gift shop.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The Shedd is an amazing aquarium at any time, but during the summer, it really gets special. Every Wednesday evening there is Jazzin at the Shedd, which affords you the opportunity to experience the wonders of the aquarium but also enjoy an evening of great music and food! Upon entry, there was a string quartet playing and we proceeded to... More 

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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We paid extra for behind the scenes and we're disappointed. Mostly a tour of the labs and where they test water - not so much fun for kids and certainly not us parents who spent lots of time in labs as students years ago. Very short visit at the hospital, minimal info about feeding etc. totally not worth it, aquarium... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This has rapidly become one of our favorite places to visit in Chicago! As a family of 5, we ended up buying a membership on our first visit, since it works out after 2 visits that it paid for itself. The kids can spend hours looking at all the different sea creatures, and also enjoy the 4-D movies (Sea Monsters... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Whenever your in Chicago you have to pass by the Shedd aquarium . It worth every cent you pay . Make sure to book your tickets online otherwise you will be stuck in queue for more than 40 minutes . All activities are great except the dolphin show it was disappointing ....

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Address: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number: +1 312-939-2438
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > South Loop
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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