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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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It's best to arrive before they open. Definitely gets crowded and long lines later in day. Fun aquatic show and 4- d movie. Doing options were frustrating and overpriced. Food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

There is a great display of fish, all well presented and lovely. We have been to many aquariums and this is good. HOWEVER!! The cost is too much. Way,way too much. Also. We joined a queue that was over 2 hours long. There is no information on how long this queue would take and we looked at the queue of... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's best to arrive before they open. Definitely gets crowded and long lines later in day. Fun aquatic show and 4- d movie. Doing options were frustrating and overpriced. Food was decent but waited in long line to order.... Difficult with young kiddos. The animals were awesome to see. We saw as much as we could in about 4 hours... More 

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St. Louis, Missouri
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103 reviews 103 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

The crowds were ridiculous. Wall to wall people made any viewing of the aquariums difficult at best. A Saturday visit during Spring Break for many schools was our only available time. It was overcrowded, too warm, and didn't smell fresh...way beyond a fishy smell. I'm sure it would be a wonderful place to visit but during the week instead.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very poorly organized- waited in line 1 hr outside with a toddler to enter! . They need more people directing, answering questions about ticket packages, and more cashiers. The wait ruined the entire experience for our family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

It was very crowded on Monday, March 30, but thankfully we had VIP tickets through our hotel, so we didn't have to wait in the long line to enter!. We loved the Aquatic show!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Very nice aquarium. Illinois residents also have discount or free days for the aquarium. Parking is a little expensive. But overall great experience.

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Hudson, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Having heard so many wonderful reviews, I expected more. I've been to the aquariums in Boston and Baltimore and I thought the Shedd would match up. Not exactly. We got there right when it opened and this allowed two key things: getting a 75 cent locker for our coats and having a little time before the place was completely swamped... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I have been to many aqauriums throughout the US and was underwhelmed at the Shedd. We had a Go Chicago Pass and went on a Thursday morning and still had to wait over 30 minutes to get in even though we were able to bipass the main entrance. Our family eneded up staying 2-3 hours total and that was with... More 

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Escanaba, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Our family loves Shedd Aquarium we visit each time we are in Chicago. If you plan on going ahead of time check on city passes for the day or become a member of the aquarium they offer memberships for the whole year. This is a great way to save money if you plan on visiting more than once a year.

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Flat Rock, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The animal displays were good but I don't want to pay for a dolphin show to watch a movie. The 4D movie started before they even got the crowd in the doors.

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