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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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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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My family loves coming to the aquarium a few times a year. We live in Northeast Indiana and still go yearly. Great exhibits and experience overall. The only drawback is the amount... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Gregory M

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Birmingham, Alabama
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Shedd Aquarium is a great spot, esp with kids! Be prepared to spend at least 4 hours and eat before you go. We did NOT eat beforehand but wish we would have. Luckily there was a food court which hit everyone's picky palate. The food was decent and hit the spot. There are 3 floors of viewing areas and a... More 

Thank Brandi H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed seeing the many types of marine life at the aquarium, especially the whales, dolphins and otters. This is the largest indoor aquarium.

Thank Kendra S
Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm a big fan of aquariums and this one did not disappoint. I could happily revisit this place tons of times. The amphibian exhibit is well worth the additional cost it's like a fun game of where's waldo with colorful little deadly frogs and salamanders. Whales and Sharks are always very beautiful to watch and they had a good assortment... More 

Thank Robin F
Cary, North Carolina
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are some areas that have been renewed but starts looking old. The aquatic show is also average comparing with other ones what I've sen. If finally you decide to go, watch the 4D film "monsters of sea"

Thank Gusiluzcrack
Cape Breton Island, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My friend and I were only in the city for a few days and had purchased a CityPass and decided to visit the Shedd. We were left wishing that we had opted for another one of the CityPass options. The Aquarium was way too full, making it difficult to see any of the attractions. Staff members seemed disinterested and didn't... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been to both the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Shedd Aquarium. Both are a must see however, I think the Shedd Aquarium is slightly better. For one the water show is very nice(the kids loved it), the touch sting ray exhibit was also very fun and a great experience. I recommend getting the all inclusive pass as it... More 

Thank Rebecca S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My family loves coming to the aquarium a few times a year. We live in Northeast Indiana and still go yearly. Great exhibits and experience overall. The only drawback is the amount of people. After about 11 it gets packed quickly. I suggest a weekday visit as soon as they open. Allows for about 3 hours of easy flow.

Thank Gregory M
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I think here is nothing more attraction. If you have limited time in Chicago. I would recommend you to try other place instead.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our kids have enjoyed this place so many times over the years when we visit Chicago. The lines can be a little long on the weekends in the winter so get their early.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really loved this! Wasn't totally sold on going at first, but it was storming fiercely and we didn't want to go back out -- that said it was so well done and all the animals looked really really happy!! I've never seen beluga whales singing and playing so much! As compared to other aquariums I've visited the animals seemed to... More 

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