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Shedd Aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
312-939-2438
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Ranked #59 of 366 attractions in Chicago
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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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Minneapolis
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331 reviews 331 reviews
103 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Aquarium Of the 3 big museums we went to on the Chicago Pass, our group all agreed this was our favorite. The building is old, but many very up to date exhibits with a huge depth of content and it isn’t all aquariums. The Amazon exhibit was really great, though a bit smelly. Of course they use live animals which... More

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Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

the tanks of life were amazing. we were there while they were cleaning them and the divers were waiving at us. the performance of the dolphins was nice and the whales were fantastic. the whole place was clean and smelled nice not fishy smelling. we had a great time there and would go again. the workers there were very friendly... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

They don't promote it but get a general admission ticket for $9.00 instead of the $32 ticket. All you miss is the dolphin show and jelly fish area (saw jelly fish in a glass display) We had free range of the entire place: saw the dolphin, whale, otter, penguins, great fish, monkeys, poisonous frogs and everything else Took our teen... More

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Baxter, Minnesota
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

After an hour wait to get in, my family enjoyed our time at the Shedd. While we didn't do any shows, we did enjoy looking at the tanks and watching the penguins, whales, sea lions, etc. this is a must for families visiting Chicago.

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Detroit, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I'm not usually a fan of aquariums but this one was very nice. They do a great job of keeping the exhibits clean and maintained. The movie was fun and the live show was entertaining. The kids were amazed with the stingray touch and didn't want to leave there.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful and well -laid out aquarium . The staff was friendly and the displays were stunning! The dolphin show was superior and I was blown away by the performances of the dolphins, sea lions and beluga whales. Plus, their education segment of the show warmed my heart. The trainers are excellent. My favorite part of my experience... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It is not the best aquarium in the world (i have been to many). But I rate it five as it has quite nice animal show and amazing view of the lake.

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Ra'anana, HaMerkaz, Israel
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

the best tip if you don't buy tickets on line for all the different options is to be there at 08:15-08:30 am is the Aquarium opens at 09:00am and the cue can be very long up to half hour and more. the Aquarium is great for family's and lots to see and dolphin and shark show is must . and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

As good as Melbourne, Long Beach, Monterey, or any other aquarium we've visited. Gorgeous Beluga whale, seal and penguin pools. The staff were so sweet and helpful. And the main hall when you enter is just stunning. Must see if you're in Chicago with kids!

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Ontario
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Beautiful aquarium. The kids really liked the live dolphin show. The set-up of the building can get a bit confusing. Get there early to avoid lines, or by a Chicago pass so that you can bypass the regular line altogether.

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