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“Incredibly expensive for an Aquarium but still nice” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
+1 312-939-2438
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Ranked #50 of 305 Attractions in Chicago
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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.
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Chicago, IL
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“Incredibly expensive for an Aquarium but still nice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

I don't know how they can charge so much for an aquarium but the lines are unbelievable. Try to avoid school holidays if you want to get in and actually see things. On top of the exorbitant price, you also have to pay for many of the attractions. It's still nice in a great location, but if you are coming to Chicago either do the City Pass or go straight to the Museum of Science and Industry.

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“A great place for the whole family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

My husband and I enjoy bringing our child to the Shedd Aquarium. It is a very family friendly environment with a lot of different exhibits to see for people of all ages. Definitely try to visit the website for a discount (they offer one for educators). The lines to get in are very long, so it would be to your advantage to get the tickets in advance. You must pay separately for the shows: 4-D experience( which is a 15 minute movie, but very cool) and the live animal show (approximately 30 minutes). If you plan on visiting the Shedd multiple times a year, the membership is well worth it. You receive discounts throughout the aquarium. It tends to be a busy place, but you can still enjoy it. Be sure to visit the Wild Life Saltwater Reef. It is in the lower level. It is my favorite part of the aquarium. A beautiful display of a coral reef and saltwater animals. Also the view of the large animal pool overlooking lake Michigan is also an awesome sight to see.

Visited December 2011
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“A Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

Every time we go to Chicago we make a stop here. We are always able to find a deal online, which is nice because it can be expensive for a large family. Even when there are many people this place isn't ever overcrowded. The animal show is a must see, as is the 4D. The Jellies were entertaining. Everyone we travel with always wants to go to Shedd's. I highly recommend it.

Visited December 2011
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“A great family experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

I visited last October with a couple of friends. Be sure to check the calendar on the website because they are very active and there are new things going on every day. On the day we arrived were were given Hawaiian Leis made with fresh orchids! It was really quite an experience!!! They had special events going on for pacific oceanic life that day as well. The aquarium itself is huge, and spans all types of ecosystems. Kids (or adults who really like aquariums like me!) will love Shedd.
The only things I'd warn you about, and this is a common theme with many places like this, is that the food prices are a bit high.

Visited October 2011
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“Great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

Beautiful exhibits and wonderful to walk around. I would definitely go back.

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