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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
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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Definitely a good family spot to spend anywhere more then an hour at. I loved walking around and seeing all the varieties of fish and the dolphin show was also fun.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Portage, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I love this place!! This is an all day adventure and always worth it. There is so much to see and do here. Great for the kids!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Bought city pass....it does NOT include Aquatic Show or Stingray Touch. The two reasons why we went to the aquarium in the first place. Inside the sturgeon touch area there was a young lady conducting the exhibit with little kids. She basically screeched and squealed for the 20 minutes I sat on the bench trying to relax at the little... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

There s parking nearby if you go early, before they open. This is a beautiful facility and the only one of it's extensive showings for Midwesterners so far from oceans.

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Definitely a good family spot to spend anywhere more then an hour at. I loved walking around and seeing all the varieties of fish and the dolphin show was also fun.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A cool place to spend the afternoon. If you are thinking of bringing children with a stroller be aware there a lot of stairs and elevators were hard to find (I am sure they have them). On 4th of July weekend, there were a lot of people, the line to get in was around 200 deep. The Citypass lets you... More 

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

the Shedd is a beauty. I love looking at the beautiful fish and observing their many differences. Go early as it gets packed and you don't want to wait outside in the long line. Great for families and everything in between. The Sting Ray touch is a treat!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I have mixed feelings about the aquarium. Firstly, we showed up Sunday around 11:00am and waited nearly an hour to get tickets to get in. They have 6 lanes of will call, and only two registers actually selling tickets, which explained why it took us an hour to get in. The price of admission was $40 per person to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The She'd Aquarium will not disappoint. Lots of amazing sea life to see along with watching the staff feed the aquatic life. Beluga Dolphins, Seahorses, Reefs and Open ocean critters are all available to see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to visit with kids or any age. In the summer, on a sunny day, the lakefront location is perfect. Inside find sharks, a giant tank, and sections from around the world. I could spend all day there learning about sea life. The "show" isn't much of a show and I'm glad. It's the animals doing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We had a very good time and enjoyed the visit to Shedd aquarium. There is a lot to see and learn about the underwater life on different parts of the planet. Kids enjoyed the stingray touch and the 4D experience...there is a lot to see and you need at least a full day visit. We didn't liked the show though.... More 

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Address: Address: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number: +1 312-939-2438
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > South Loop
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you happen to visit during football season, you may bump into a boisterous few fans on their way to a Bears game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park is one of Chicago’s premier locations for green space and recreation with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Take a stroll down memory lane in the historic Prairie District where you can enjoy views of old historic homes. Restaurants, theaters, and clubs are spread throughout the neighborhood along with a collection of burger joints along Michigan Avenue just across from the park.