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Shedd Aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
312-939-2438
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Ranked #55 of 361 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Aquariums
Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,500 aquatic animals when you explore the wonderful... more » Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,500 aquatic animals when you explore the wonderful world of "Jellies" or the recreated environments of the Amazon River and Philippine coral reefs. « less
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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We have visitied many aquariums across the country and this is by far our favorite, the exhibits are always great and the whale and dolphin show is the best. I would recommend visiting during the week or to get there very early on the weekends as it definitely draws a crowd---for good reason. You will not be disappointed.

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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I would by the full attraction pass and go and see the dolphin show and ice age 4d. Although the dolphin experience is a rather drawn out affair. Dolphins doing tricks is what the kids want to see. What you now get is a very nice young woman explaining in the most monotonous monotone kindergarden teachery voice about how dolphins... More

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Weldon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Get to the aquarium before opening so you are near the front of the line. You can see the whole aquarium before the first show because the crowds have not arrived, yet. Do not miss the 10:30 show and then leave before it gets too crowded.

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Farmington, Arkansas, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The line to get in was awful and outdoors in March? and cold. 4-D movie is pretty good. The aquarium is arranged nicely. The people are rude, not the workers, the patrons... they just step in front of you when you are looking at something, a little aggressive for a leisurely afternoon for me, people need to chill out. Loved... More

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Decatur, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I've been to Shedd a number of times over the years, but this was the first time taking our 2 year old and she had a blast. The new Polar Play Zone was perfect for her and she loved seeing the penguins and then getting dressed up like one and playing on the penguin play area. The touch tanks were... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Went to visit the Shedd Aquarium during my stay in Chicago. I must say unless your really interested in fishes in tanks then it may not be for you. The best part was the aqua show ( which sells out very quickly) so get there early! As well as the 4d show. I went with the city pass hence was... More

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Petrolia, Canada
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22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

If your into seeing fish life in aquariums this is a great place to visit and the price is reasonable. Lots of different fish life to see and learn about. We spent hours just observing this beautiful place. I recommend this highly. It's close to the navy pier.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited on a Saturday and did not follow the advice to go early. We arrived around 1pm and the line was already about a half a mile long or longer. We waited about 20 minutes and then I heard an employee say those with passes could go to the door and skip the line. IMPORTANT NOTE!!!!... More

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Michigan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

With over 32,000 animals, the shedd aquarium is the place to go if you like fish. The dolphin show was okay and the jellies exhibit was pretty neat.

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Chicago area
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

The Shedd Aquarium experience is wonderful if you have the time and the money. One of the reasons the line is SO long to get in is because the "menu" of prices for the variety of attractions is SO complicated - and so expensive!! But do yourself a favor and buy your tickets on line - no matter what their... More

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