We decided to go to the Shedd Aquarium on Sunday Dec 30th. We got there around 1030am and the line was extremely long, out the front doors, down the stairs and almost to the Field Museum. At first we were detered from going, but after walking around I found you could stand in another line, for buying memberships, city passes (purchasing or redeeming) or fast pass tickets, which was much shorter! We ended up buying a city pass (which I'll talk about at the end) and getting into the aquarium with in twenty minutes, instead of what probably would have been over an hour, maybe more. Walking in you are greeted by an enormous tank filled with tons of Caribbean fish, which to me is spectacular because I have snorkeled with all the fish and sea life in the tank, on vacation in the Caribbean. The jelly fish exhibit was great, with not be able to really enjoy these animals in the wild. The show for the holidays was my least favor part. The dolphins and whales do some interesting tricks and are great to see. The down side was the acutal performers, singers and emcee to the event. It made it almost unbareable to enjoy these wonderful mammels. The rest of the aquarium was filled with different wild life from all types of waters. These are always a joy to see, especially for people who enjoy nature and the water. Next time I'm in Chicago I will definitely be back to see what new wild life they have added. Great for families, couples or any one who enjoys sea life.
If you want to see all or most of these attrations; Chicago Art Insitute, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Skydeck (Willis Tower) or John Hancock Observatory, buy the Chicago City Pass. It is much cheaper than buying individually (even if you only go see 3 of them). Also, you get to zip right past all the lines. I would recommend going to one of the less crowded attractions first; Field Museum, Art Institue or Observatory and buy a City Pass there first, then you get to immediately skip the line at the aquarium and get right in. If you buy on line and redeem at the aquarium, you will have to wait in the line we did which was only twenty minutes so not too bad.
Shedd Aquarium is great. Recommended. Please visit if you are in Chicago.
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