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Shedd Aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
312-939-2438
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Ranked #53 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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 32,500 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 32,500 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

We;ve been to a lot of other aquariums, and this one is up with the best of them. We loved the layout, broken down by habitats and regions of the world. The dolphin/whale show could have used a little more variety in what the animals did, but the setting for it was unlike anything we've seen before. The backdrop of... More

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Montreal, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Chicago Citypass is a must for this attraction. With Chicago Citypass, we had VIP entry, avoided the 2-3 hour waiting time during Easter weekend plus 4D movie, which was highly entertaining! Enjoyable experience for adults and teens! Dolphins, beluga whales, and sea otters not to be missed! Wished we had more time on this one! One of the more popular... More

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Cartagena, Colombia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This is a great place if you want to know more about animals. I spent four hours there and I really enjoy it! A must place to visit if you're in Chicago.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

I will never get tired of the aquarium! The line was long so we bought the City Pass that got us to the front of the line as well as admission to other attractions. Don't buy the pass unless you plan on visiting at least three of the listed attractions. We did four and so we thought it was worth... More

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Cleveland, OH
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Since I had already visited the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago a couple of years ago, I didn't explore the reviews on tripadvisor to the extent that I should have. Consequently, I didn't really pick up on the biggest problems associated with what otherwise could have been a fantastic experience. Scattered among the reviews, you will find lots of references to... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This place was so crowded I felt like I was going to have a panic attack. We were able to skirt the line with our GoChicago card (a must). We went on a Tuesday around 2:00 and we could hardly move. Every school in Chicago must have decided to come out and take a look. I'm sure the fish and... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I have been to aquariums all over the world and this is one of the best. They have the fish in different areas where they are found in the world. Get the package that lets you get to see everything, aquatic show 4d movie etc. There was a long line to get in so I paid a little more to... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I loved the Shedd, it was absolutely amazing and I've been to other aquariums before but nothing beats this. I saw a show, we had lunch at the bubble net food court which was delicious, but strangely enough I didn't like the table design which was the only thing that I didn't care for. The fish were pretty to look... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

A family adventure or couple's date at the Shedd is essential if you want to experience one of Chicago's oldest and best attractions. I've been going to the Shedd since I was a kid and I never get tired of it. The Shedd is a world-class aquarium in world-class city. I highly recommend being flexible with your schedule and pick... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We have been to Atlanta and Tennessee aquarium before but this one is the worst. Too crowded and the quality of food you get inside food courts is also bad. Vegetarians...be very careful, you might get non-veg pieces in veggi food. We loved the 4D show but the aquatic show was horrible. It’s no way comparable to the SeaWorld in... More

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