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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 - Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - 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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Shedd, cool

very big aquarium. Has almost everything you can imagine, water shows with Balugas, seals and dolphins. Can touch rays too. Also has one of the best views of the city.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My daughter loved this place. They even let us touch a couple of big fish but other then that I felt like it wasn't as awesome as people portray it to be. Overall I'll come back to bring my daughter again and not as much for myself.

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

Shedd is an all-around average aquarium. The layout is not particularly intuitive. The design is not overly impressive. The aquatic life is not too exotic. I suppose for a bad weather day, Shedd would be worth going to, but once was far more than enough.

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Dieppe, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

very big aquarium. Has almost everything you can imagine, water shows with Balugas, seals and dolphins. Can touch rays too. Also has one of the best views of the city.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I just bought the basic tickets but there was plenty to see. However, I believe we spent more time outside than we did inside because of the long wait. I did like that there were vendors outside because we picked a hot day to go and were able to buy their expensive drinks to cool us off!... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Been talking about going here for years and finally fit it in with a concert we were attending. While it is worthwhile it is not fantastic like we expected. Better I think for kids/families. Of course some neat stuff but if I knew what I know now I would not go again. I would call much of it just old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The shows were very nice. The 4-D experience was terrific. The entire display the aquarium had was teriffic. A lot of interesting creatures and very interactive place. Definitely recommend to an occasional traveler to Chicago.

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Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The Aquarium itself was fantastic and very much worth the trip. However, it gets very crowded which can be frustrating. However, the fish are great and some very interesting exhibits. The coral and shark tanks are exceptional and the coral growing area was fascinating.Cost is high but probably worth it for me. Others have complained and if you had the... More 

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Lancashire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Disappointing experience, due to rude staff. Having a Citypass we joined the fast track queue, at the front of the queue we were called forward only to have the rudest female ever curtly tell us that she did not deal with Citypass and we should not be there, although she served us she complained throughout the whole thing and made... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The aquarium didn't blow us away. We have seen comparable ones in other cities, but it was very nice and was in a beautiful location right on the lake. We purchased a pass that allowed us to see several Chicago sights for a discount and we chose the aquarium as one of them. It was very crowded and the line... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Went to Shedd aquarium in June. Ive been there many times and never ever get tired of it. I love taking new people there. We took my daughters boyfriend and it was his first time. Everytime is fabulous. Lots of ohhhh and ahhhhh. Just a wonderful time. They keep adding new attractions every time we go also. Highly reckmmended! Fun... More 

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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.