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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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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Wonderful exhibits, but so crowded

I arrived with a friend right after the aquarium opened, about 9:05. It was already packed. It was a Friday, and there were tons of school groups lined up, plus a number of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit. The fish were amazing. We used our city pass and walked right in when they opened. Lots of kids was the only downside for us. The 4D films was a great multi-sensory experience.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I arrived with a friend right after the aquarium opened, about 9:05. It was already packed. It was a Friday, and there were tons of school groups lined up, plus a number of families. The facility itself is lovely. Neat 20s architecture, and the exhibits are very well done. Because it's an older museum with a number of facilities added... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I've been to many aquariums but if you don't say wow at least once there's something wrong with you.

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Toronto, Canada
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The aquarium is amazing! I love the polar area with the dolphins, belugas and penguins. It's great that it's right on the lake. However, we made the mistake of going on a Sunday. We waited in line for an hour. Some people were at the cash desk for 5 to 10 minutes. How can paying for a ticket take so... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We waited in line for 2 1/2 hours - outside - in the rain while staff tried to sell us $50 tickets to skip the line?! Once we got inside, we told the girl we only wanted general admission, so they tried to "upsell" us for a while & then was rude when we insisted we only wanted the cheap... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We were in Chicago on business and had the afternoon to kill waiting for a flight. We got to the aquarium around 1 pm and when it closed at 5 we still had some exhibits we wished we had time for. After reading some of the negative reviews, we thought we would breeze through this and didn't expect much. We... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Was my first time in Chicago and wanted to see this attraction. Experienced long wait times to buy tickets and rude staff. Don't bother going without considering buying a city or attraction pass ahead of time!!! We walked to there and noticed a line to get inside. We waited an hr and a half to get in! It took so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

TOTAL EXPERIENCE PASS is a must to buy. We got to go to everything that the Shedd aquarium had to offer. No lines! When we walked in just get your wrist band and go. The staff at many of the different spots took the time out to tell about each of the animals in that specific aquarium. Thank you (Nancy,... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The architecture is stunning, very art deco and fun. So many amazing aquatic animals, its truly awe inspiring. We did a Shark Encounter tour and the staff was fabulous! So knowledgeable and informative! The Zebra Shark breeding program is impressive, and it was really neat to see the egg sacks, and baby sharks and rays. Watching the rays and sharks... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

When I visited Shedd in the 6th grade, I remember being very impressed. As an adult, however, it seemed small. My teenage son & I went in early April, so many of the "touch" exhibits were not in season. I was surprised to see no jellyfish :( They are my favorite. My son loved seeing the penguins, stingrays & dolphins,... More 

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