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Shedd Aquarium

Address: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number: +1 312-939-2438
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Ranked #40 of 946 things to do in Chicago
Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this place lots of great creatures to look and things to learn about, my partner loves dolphins and Beluga whales and they have both here as well as so much to look at, This would be a great place for Children and is set with a nice backdrop on to the city. Would Recommend, Definitely worth getting as... More 

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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

So the way to get to the Shedd (along with a bunch of other attractions) is miserable. We sat for a good hour moving inch by inch because of 30 second turn arrows and everyone driving like idiots. So by the time we get there we're already getting crabby. We had a city pass because that's supposed to be faster....... More 

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

It may be crowded but they cater to the crowds. I've been many times and I went on a Thursday for the first time. The shows aren't as good and they put a little more enthusiasm into everything on weekends. Although weekdays have their upside too. No crowds no lines and no obnoxious people in your way for pictures. We... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

From an aquarium perspective Shedd is just average. It seems rather dated, except for the Reef display. The whale/ dolphin show was pretty good. Food court food was surprisingly good.

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Belle Plaine, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I liked it overall, but thought there could have been more, especially for the price. The best exhibits were the sea otters and penguins. There are a lot of tanks for different varieties of fish from around the world, and the daily show was pretty short, only about 20 minutes long that you had to pay extra for. We spent... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This took about an hour for my husband and I to go through. It had a lot of fun things to see. Well worth it. :)

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Anamosa, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Went with 16 year old daughter, and a 2 and a 4 year old grand sons. Everyone loved it But plan on a two day trip because it is impossible to take it all in before the little ones get tired I would have given it a excellent if it wasn't for the cafeteria. Im telling you know put a... More 

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Shedd Aquarium is not only one of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. but it also hosts a fish that is over 70 years old! But, there is also something else cool here to do... Talk to a diver! Everyday the Caribbean Reef exhibit offers 4 chances (10am, noon, 2pm & 3pm) for the public to see a diver... More 

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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Loved this attraction. Bought our tickets online ahead of time, bypassed a huge line and got right in! My kids and I went on a Saturday and it was very crowded but that was expected.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The Shedd Aquarium is a great place to visit while in Chicago it will no doubt provide hours of excitement and magnificent views of some awesome creatures throughout the world!

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