We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shedd Aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
+1 312-939-2438
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Special Offer
$94*
and up
Chicago CityPass
76%
Ranked #50 of 305 Attractions in Chicago
Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
More attraction details
Attraction details
Hours:
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 when you explore the wonderful world of "Jellies" or the recreated environments of the Amazon River and Philippine coral reefs.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Write a Review

3,078 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,309
    1,035
    515
    150
    69
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This was a very impressive place. I'm an avid scuba diver and was very impressed with the variety of fish life and rare species. It appears many of the wonderful creatures receive good care. The highlights were the Beluga Whales. Absolutely beautiful, intelligent mammals that were very interactive. Dolphins and sea otters also provided a great show for visitors.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kettering, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We spent the day here and it was fab ! It seems like an expensive entry fee ( 40 usd ) per adult but it was worth every penny . Immaculate place , toilets , cafe etc . The animals had loads of space , care and attention . The 4d movie was brilliant , and the live dolphin and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Buy a city pass .. Saves money and time.. Aquarium itself is huge and vast variety of exhibits.. I loved to see the huge anaconda from a feet away.. will take 3h to cover everything.. A walk on the lakeside beside this aquarium toward planetarium would give you perfect vie of Chicago skyline to click awesome pics..

Was this review helpful? Yes
South Carolina
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
30 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

As with my other reviews, I'll state we came here via Chicago CityPASS tickets. I highly recommend this. It'll save you money and we got a 3-D movie ticket included with admission. And we skipped the really long Thanksgiving Day line. We've been coming here for 20-something years, and it has been great to see how much has been added.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

It's like the movie "Night at the Musem" but with aquarium version. It was so damn big and I loved it! I can't remember how many sections that they have but it was big and we spend half of our day over there. They have the section dedicated for jellyfish, touch a stingray, penguins, etc. They even have 4D cinema... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

My wife and I took a weekend trip to Chicago and brought our two boys (ages 6 and 5) with us as well. They love animals, so we thought it would be neat to take them here. I was absolutely worth it! We had the opportunity to watch a live show with dolphins and whales and there were so many... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, United States
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

In a lot of ways, once you have seen one aquarium you have seen them all. The Shedd is neat because it is right on Lake Michigan, so the view is beautiful. The beluga whales are very pretty. Only a couple of otters, which is alright but I love them so always want to see more. The staff was friendly.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Lake Mary, Florida
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We came here on a family trip it was very nice.I think if you visit Chicago then you would want to check this out.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went on a Saturday at about 4:30. Zero lines and no crowds as they closed at 6pm. We bought $8 tickets to explore the first floor, which took about an hour. Great entertainment and romantic before heading out for drinks!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lambertville, Michigan
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Took our 3 grandchildren ages 12,10 and 6 and they thoroughly enjoyed every part of it, we needed more time. Was a little crowded. Good food service area, clean and delightful. Little pricey!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Shedd Aquarium also viewed

 

Been to Shedd Aquarium? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Shedd Aquarium staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?