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Shedd Aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
312-939-2438
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Ranked #58 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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Kansas City, Kansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Waiting in a long line to buy tickets was not a fun way to start the day. The aquarium was so crowded and we were there on a Tuesday! I last visited on a class trip in high school and remembered really liking it but this trip was a bit of a disappointment, mostly because of the crowds. It felt... More

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Independence, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

First, I will start with parking. Parking in downtown Chicago was horrendous. We had to park in a garage at Soldier Field (which was $22 for 4 hours or more). We had to walk about 3 blocks to the aquarium, which would not be a big deal if the weather was cooperative and you are not handicapped. We had to... More

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Cole Camp, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the aquarium so much! I am disappointed I would have to pay more to see different parts of the aquarium but it is just as enjoyable paying the base amount for the main floor! Even saw a diver in the main tank!

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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Many wonderful exhibits. The oceanarium show was nothing unusual but just seeing the Balugas up close as well as the otter, stingrays, jellyfish and the outstanding reef exhibits was well worth the price of admission. Speaking of admission, after walking the length of Grant park to get there on Sunday morning we were encountered with a line we were told... More

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Evansville, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I love aquariums and was very excited to visit shedd. When we got there they had a line all the way down the stairs outside and back into the little park out front it was at least an hour wait just to get in. When we did get in the lady helping us was less than helpful. They have different... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

surprisingly enjoyed my visit here, the showcase was great and even featured a whole area for the Philippine reef which made me proud to be a Filipino...a great place to understand our sea creatures and resources =)

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My whole family loves aquariums! If we're visiting a city that has one, we'll almost certainly visit. Shedd was pretty great - I especially loved the Beluga Whales and the River Exhibits - but we all agreed that the Aquarium in, say, Chattanooga, was more impressive overall. I'll say this though, things that were good were incredibly good! Their Beluga... More

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Honestly, they nickle and dime you for things like the dolphin show, "movie experiences", etc. At least when we were there, the habitat for the Beluga Whales seemed especially depressing. It was very crowded on a summer Friday when we were there, which was to be expected... but the aquarium doesn't really flow, and traffic jams cropped up everywhere.

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Central Oregon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Went on a weekday in early July 2014. We took the bus to the aquarium (which also passes Soldier Field amongst other attractions), which was very easy from downtown Chicago. First, I'm gonna be honest, we have a 3 and 6 year old, both boys and they were very off-put by the rotunda exhibit. Very, very, very loud. Could not... More

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Our visit began with a very frustrating hour and half wait to purchase tickets. I was not planning on a visit to the aquarium however one in our group of 6 adults wanted to see the jellies display. This museum has a good variety of sea life but does not rival other aquariums that we have visited. There were many... More

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