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Shedd Aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
312-939-2438
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Ranked #60 of 367 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Reading, Pennsylvania
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255 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

My main reason for coming to Chicago was specifically to visit the Shedd. So maybe I was a little too eager and kind of destined to be disappointed, but it didn't seem any more special than any other query might ever been to. And it was really crowded. And yet away in a ridiculously long line. The only thing that... More

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We visited the Shedd Aquarium in June. One suggestion I would make is the Chicago City Pass it gets you past the lines outside in a flash and saves you money. We enjoyed the large sitting shows they had dolphins and beluga whales and having the lake right behind you outside is really nice to look at. Would recommend to... More

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Farmington, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We waited for 1.5 hours to get in. What was most disappointing was when the line finally made its way inside the building, there was only one agent selling tickets. All of the other agents (probably 6 or so) were assigned to Will Call and those who wanted to purchase the "Chicago Pass". (Shedd staff were telling people if they... More

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Maryland
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We stood in line almost two hours to get in, half of it in the hot sun. The issue was not having enough cashiers to handle the demand and people deciding which package to get. Basic admission is very limited and doesn’t allow entrance to most of the featured exhibits, so try to figure out what you want before you... More

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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Loved this place. The detail is incredible. Wonderful exhibits and show! Went in 2011 although Trip Advisor won't let me choose that date.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I recently visited the Shedd with my fiance, my aunt and uncle and their young kids (aged 7 and 5). It was a great morning! Make sure to arrive there early - we arrived right when it opened (9 am) and there was no line whatsoever. By the time we left at around 2 pm the line-up was out the... More

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Dodgeville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I absolutely loved Shedd Aquarium, particularly the Jellyfish exhibit & dolphin show. Probably best to go closer to opening hours. It is very popular & gets quite crowded, but *most of the other visitors respected their boundaries & tried to give others space to take pictures with family. Loved dining outdoors at one of their restaurants. Very pleasant.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Be prepared to spend all day...this is a unique aquarium with a HUGE amount of aquatic life. This is a long line to wait for tickets, so try to have them ahead of time-we bought the City Pass and it helped our trip tremendously! Once inside, there are several "wings" for the types of animals plus special events all day.... More

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Manchester
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I first remember visiting the Shedd about 15 years ago on a quiet day and being stunned by the range of 'exhibits', particularly the dolphins and belugas. I have then made a point of visiting on almost every subsequent visit to Chicago - probably 4 or 5 times. Today was a mistake! True - this is the vacation period and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

You don't want to miss the Live Show. The 4d movie was full of surprises including a poke in the back - my sons loved it. There is plenty to keep a family occupied for a long time - St. Louisans take note - the penguins and Sea Lions are displayed much better at home in St. Louis but still... More

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