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Shedd Aquarium

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Address: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2490
Phone Number: +1 312-939-2438
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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Spent whole day there

It is one of the biggest Aquarium I have seen . Very Good and Lot of things to see and Do , You can spent whole day there , Try to be Visit Early to Avoid the long Queue , Do not... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is one of the biggest Aquarium I have seen . Very Good and Lot of things to see and Do , You can spent whole day there , Try to be Visit Early to Avoid the long Queue , Do not miss the Aquarium Shows . One of the must Visit in the Chicago

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The lines to get in are crazy. Even with citypass it was a 15 minute wait but it was afternoon. We were a family group of 16. 12 kids and teens. Everyone loved the 4D movie and then touching sting rays. Make sure to go there first as it closes. We were at the beluga whale exhibit as the aquarium... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Enjoyed the Beluga Whales and the Great Lakes exhibit especially.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took this in on the city pass. Very nice aquarium. They have small fish from around the world as well as dolphins, beluga whales , sea otters. They have shows and you can buy a ticket to pet a sting ray which we didn't do due to time. I'd recommend a full day to take in everything. We did this... More 

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New Iberia, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Shed Aquarium was enjoyable. Be sure to make enough time to see everything...ecosystems, shows, There is a cafe serving coffee, goodies and another lunch bar serving pizza, tacos, sandwhiches...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ticket purchasing was a bit of an issue, the lines were very long and they finally opened up a second area but still took a long time. Once inside it was completely worth the wait. Seeing the whales and dolphins up close was amazing.

Thank Krynn W
Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a recent visit to Chicago, I decided to visit the Shedd Aquarium. I arrived on a weekday morning to find a long line stretching out the door. The line slowly moved forward and after an hour, I was finally inside--only to find that there was another wait to get through the atrium and still another wait to get through... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived at Shedd around 3:00 on a Saturday. With a 6:00 pm closing time, we were shocked by the loooooong line through the lobby, down the front stairs, and quite a ways down the sidewalk. Immediately turned to my phone to order the tickets online. If it is a same-day purchase, there is a premium to do this, but... More 

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Adrian, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Maybe we were expecting to be Wowed and it just wasn't able to live up to expectations, but for our family with grandchildren, the price was pretty steep. I don't feel there was a lot of value here. Attractions were just ok. Food was below par. Would not spend the money to go again.

Thank leetcrosser
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm not a child so I didn't expect much from the aquarium. However, it's the best aquarium I've ever visited. There are different kinds of fishes and I could have a chance to touch it. The show in Aquanarium is great; the dolphins are so nice. 4D movies are fantastic.

Thank Chalairat S

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