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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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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Great Educational Experience for Children!

This was our 2nd time at the Shedd and our first time with children, ages 10 & 11. They enjoyed the exhibits and learned a lot about animals and how we interact with them.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love aquariums so was excited to visit Shedd. Unfortunately it is very expensive and not at all great value considering other aquariums which are both bigger and cheaper. $22 to park? and $36 to enter the aquarium (with a student discount) for the 'One day value' ticket...If you ignore the cost the aquarium is fantastic - lots of great... More 

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Thank NicDR
New York City, New York
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86 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I am giving 1 star ONLY BECAUSE THE STAFF ARE TOTALLY INCOMPETENT!!!!!!! The place is wonderful. Animals are terrific! But the people who work there need to get their heads out of the pool water or at least stop drinking it!!! And it wasn't just one person but at least 6 people we asked for directions for a specific show... More 

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LAFAYETTE
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our 2nd time at the Shedd and our first time with children, ages 10 & 11. They enjoyed the exhibits and learned a lot about animals and how we interact with them.

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Thank dgulik10
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice aquarium but it's a place to children's. The only really interesting animal was the belungas whale. They seens sad...

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Thank Lucas D
Brisbane, Australia
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65 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Don't forget if you have a CityPass skip the queue. There are a lot of young families here. The show was great with the belugas!

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Thank Lisa B
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We could have stayed here all day! My daughter fell in love with the sting rays and sat and watched them for at least an hour. We went on a Friday during the day, so the crowds were not bad at all. Staff were very informative and friendly and really engaged my daughter in learning about the animals. The café... More 

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Thank Holls151
Bolckow, Missouri
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25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had the total experience pass, which is pricey, but worth the cost in my opinion. We had 5 adults & 4 kids in our group (ages 11, 8, 5, 2). Be sure to arrive early for the aquatic show to get the closest seats. We all enjoyed the 4-D show, except it was a little scary for the 2-yr... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Aquariums should be for fish, and not mammals or birds. This has Dolphins, beluga whales, monkeys , otters, seals and birds in what can only be described as small enclosures. The otter, seal and whales especially so. Don't visit if you respect animals

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Thank Simon H
Williston, North Dakota
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was first aquarium that I sow ever and it is incredible. So many different kinds of animals that I didn't even know that exists. There is also a show with dolphins and 5d movie.

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Thank Jovana S
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My kids went here with their grandparents last month. They range in age from 2-8 (boys and girls) and they all had a great time. They went to the sea lion show in addition to the regular Shedd exhibits and they enjoyed every part of the visit. Highly recommended location to visit.

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