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Shedd Aquarium

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2490
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Excellent - we Gould have spent a much longer day, but we had limited time. Be sure to see the dolphin show! Missed the beluga whale show. Ran out of time . Well worth the time - and ticket price.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank lindabM6587UV
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our family loves visiting aquariums and Shedd didn't disappoint. I'd say the strength of this aquarium is the variety of tanks from different aquatic ecosystems. The large tanks like the belugas and dolphins we're harder to view compared to other museums like the Georgia aquarium....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank smoonstl
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The aquarium had a lot to see. Not recommending a Saturday, as it was very busy but worth the trip!! A lot to see and go through.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank tiffnichols13
Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoy aquariums, and have been to a lot so maybe that is why we didn't really see anything that different here. The aquarium was also overly crowded with a lot of students on field trips. Our favorite part was the beluga whale area where...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Audrey112014
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent 3 1/2 hours here. So many creatures to see. Recommend first going to reserve a spot for the dolphin show when you arrive otherwise you might not be able to see the show but if you miss it you see the dolphins from...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Experiencetheworldya
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Ok. The displays are very old school (dated). The sharks were sparse and the 4d movies experience was fair - although getting squirted by water was really fun. Its ok, but the Newport aquarium in KY, easily eclipses the experience here. Its within walking distance...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank practicalreviews13
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My family of 4 visited the Shedd Aquarium in the middle of the week during our spring break. We had a great visit, there was plenty for a 6 year old and a 4 year old to enjoy. We explored the aquarium, saw the 4D...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank jaybyrd11
Shedd_Aquarium, Manager at Shedd Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

So glad you had a nice visit! Please know, as we are a non-profit, ticket sales help support our mission, so we appreciate every contribution.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have to say I thought the Shedd aquarium would be better unfortunately it did not meet my high expectations. We had gone to an aquarium not too long ago at Great Lakes crossing and that one almost seemed better and more interactive! Also to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KrystalBanfill
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went on a vacay to my bf hometown of Chicago and we took out now 4yr old she loved every moment of it. She touched the stingrays watched the dolphin show and loved the sharks so much. Absolutely love the recycling idea they have where...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kimbaly H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Interesting, educational and fun--for the kids and us, the adults. We all had a good time. What more could you ask for?

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
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February 12, 2019|
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Response from Shedd_Aquarium | Property representative |
Hey there! Parking is available on Museum Campus, but Shedd unfortunately doesn't own any of the lots, so the availability and pricing are beyond our control. There's also metered parking on Solidarity Drive.
Brittany C
September 6, 2018|
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Response from glendad822 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely call and talk to them. They are the only ones who can make that decision for sure. Good luck!
Lisa M
September 4, 2018|
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Response from jgbtravels | Reviewed this property |
Admission for us was only free the first weekend of September (Sunday)with a BOA credit card. It’s always only the first weekend of the month(BOA credit card) and the Shedd only allows the free day on Sundays. Yes, we still... More