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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 #43 of 310 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
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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!
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Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We always get the full exerience pass which includes all their exhibits, dolphin show and 3d movie. The main floor has several different tanks filled with different regions fish and has a good variety including a giant anaconda. There is amazon rising and jellies which is very cool too see. U can also touch river fish and sting rays. They... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We went to free day for illinois residents. Got there to learn that it was only the first floor. We ponied up the extra 23 per person to include the Oceanarium and wild reef. I will preface this by saying I am a fish lover! And have enjoyed the Shedd before for Jazzin at the shedd. Today was a total... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The Shedd is one of the better but smaller aquariums in the US but well worth a visit and the price. Plan to spend at least a half of day or longer at the Shedd. Close to many other Museum and parks.

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

you'd think that a major aquarium on Lake Michigan would be hard to miss. spent an hour driving up and down Lakeshore drive. once you drive the wrong way in downtown chicago, it's very difficult to get turned around. every second street is one way. very little signage to find even the parking lot once we got to the aquarium.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Very well planned Aquarium. I thought it was better than Boston and Monterrey. Get there early to avoid the long lines.

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Denver
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I suppose if you live in Chicago, and just wanted to go see the Beluga Whales, then the Shedd Aquarium is adequate. But if you're an out-of-town guest, (especially if you've been to Sea World before), don't waste your time. There are two large areas down below that house a couple sharks, a dolphin show, and the belugas, but that... More 

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South Haven, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

First, I'm sorry I have to disagree with my Facebook Friend Allison. Our family has gone several time and loved it. The jelly exhibit was second best only to the Monterey Aquarium. Our Grandkids love the whale show and seeing the large water mammals up close. For everyone: Especially if you're going on the weekends, get your tickets in advance.... More 

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New Middletown, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The Shedd Aquarium is a beautiful piece of architecture. Everything about it from the outside to the inside is well-maintained and the fish/animals are as good as any zoo I have visited. The only cons? The long gets insanely long (get here EARLY) and the prices are a little much for a family.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

For me, this is a place that you see once and don't need to see agAin. We were visiting in Jan so waiting in the line outside was miserable. We waited in line for about 45 minutes. Dress warm if you go in the winter months or any kind of bad weather. If you are waiting in line, most of... More 

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Milwaukee, WI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This costs $40/person. Includes the aquatic show. This show was amusing but I didn't learn anything about beluga whales or dolphins, like how big they are or how old, how much they eat. Pretty much eco-indoctrination. Also there was a dog. The 4-D show was spectacular, we saw Sea Monsters. You will get sprayed with a little water and poked... More 

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