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Shedd Aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
+1 312-939-2438
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Ranked #63 of 373 Attractions in Chicago
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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 32,000 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 32,000 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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St.Paul, Minnesota
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134 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We brought our children and now a grandchild here. They all loved it. We bought one of several Chicago attraction discounts. IN this case, it's for 4 attractions via Costco. This resulted in MUCH shorter lines getting in (probably saved 30 minutes), along with saving money. Many terrific exhibits - dolphins, penguins, jellyfish, Amazon River, Midwestern Rivers/Lakes, to name a... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We are 2 adults in our mid-30s in Chicago for the first time. I had purchased advance tickets online before going since I had read that the line to get in would otherwise we quite long. We arrived at 11:15 on a Saturday (matrathon weekend) and I was very happy that I bought tickets ahead of time. The line was... More

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Columbus, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

First, if you are in a wheelchair or have a stroller, good luck getting around. There were so many stairs to get from one place to another and not enough elevators to accommodate all of the people who needed to use them. While it is a large aquarium, we were not really impressed with the exhibits. And the dolphin show,... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We go to the Shedd almost every time we visit Chicago (which is pretty much annually), but this time we signed up for the Penguin Encounter. That was the coolest thing ever! It was a bit pricey, but we had a small group that got to meet and touch a penguin and hearing from one of her trainers. Next time... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This was the best exhibit- there was also a dolphin and whale show that was very entertaining. We were not bored; several species of fish, frogs, etc that we had never seen before.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

If you don't like fish, it is rather boring. The special exhibits were excellent such as jellies and stingray touch. Beluga whales fun to see. Too expensive.

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Knoxville, TN
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45 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

On this trip to Chicago, we visited three museums. Of the three...this was my favorite.....but probably because of the subject. The Shedd has many different areas, representing different areas on the globe and all the little/big creatures that inhabit it. I loved the lay out of the building and could have actually spent more time in there than we did.... More

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Redwood City, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I've been to a lot of aquariums and had very high hopes for Shedd. However, while there were tons of exhibits and lots of different kinds of animals (including some I'd never seen at an aquarium before), it fell a bit short of my expectations. The biggest problem was the organization of the aquarium itself. I found myself wandering in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I've visited several aquariums over the years & I have to say Sheds Aquarium trumps ALL other aquariums I've visited. Outstanding experience! If you haven't been there...go there, you're missing out. And kudos to the Chicago dog vendors (Kim & Carlo's). outsid

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East TN
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Go see the Georgia aquarium and then compare it to the Shedd aquarium. Atlanta's aquarium makes Chicago's aquarium look like a fish tank and a bathtub. The Shedd aquarium feels disorganized, and without anyone in charge who cares about the visitor's experience. People line up around the building for the Shedd. It's not worth the wait.

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