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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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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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This is a great place and right by The Field Museum a bus ride from Chicago's Union Station. I was there a few years ago. Great place to spend a few hrs in.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Schenectady, New York
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Schenectady, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This is a great place and right by The Field Museum a bus ride from Chicago's Union Station. I was there a few years ago. Great place to spend a few hrs in.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Overall the aquarium was fun. Went with friends, and saw some unique fish/exotic fish. In comparison to other aquariums this one was average. Pros -not to packed -exotic animals to see -fun for kids -buluga shows Cons -pricey, not worth 40$ -could be bigger. more variety of sea creatures like jellyfish

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This is a place that my kids and I will never get tired to visit. Very warm inside so wear comfortable clothes. So much to see!!

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St Louis
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I have been here many times through the years and it is always wonderful. The exhibits are top notch and every child I have brought here has loved it (so have I). Make sure you see the dolphin show and watch for the divers in the main tank.

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Alpena, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I am a tour operator and have taken groups to the Shedd Aquarium for many years. The exhibits are wonderful. The customer service is by far the worst in Chicago. If an online application is made, you are lucky if you ever hear back from them. Try calling the group help reservation line, it is laughable. There must only be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

On our first visit to Chicago we visited the Shedd aquarium. The facilities are wonderful and clean. The 4d movie was good. The displays and the number of creatures and tanks were the most impressive. The children would learn a lot from here, esp in their jr high years. Thank you Shedd family

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Great aquarim, however didn't like the ala carte ticket approach as we wanted to see it all, but price kept going up! With that said, still worth it if only as a one time visit. If you're more local, buy the season annual pass....also pack a lunch and go to the lowest level and literally have dolphins swimming by you... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We went on a Tuesday and it was empty. No lines for tickets, no crowds. We got through the whole aquarium in about 2.5 hours and that was stopping to take pics, pet the sturgeon fish and starfish, and watching the belugas for a while. It was a pretty nice aquarium, well maintained and has a larger variety of species... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

First of all Shedd is a great aquarium. It's no Monterey Bay aquarium, but it has a great and diverse collection of living animals, static displays, etc. They have fun and informative live shows and the aquarium is very well curated. However, if you plan to go on a weekend or in high season, I highly recommend ordering tickets a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

If you like marine life, this place is amazing! I couldn't believe all of the different types of animals. They also have places to eat and nice seating areas. We got there about 30 minutes before they opened and waited in line for about 5 minutes after they opened. When we went to leave (around 12) the line was about... More 

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