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Shedd Aquarium

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Address: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
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+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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A staple of Chicago tourism

First of all, make sure you get there early. It is very popular and gets very crowded fast. We had to wait in line in the winter cold for more than 30 minutes before the line... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First of all, make sure you get there early. It is very popular and gets very crowded fast. We had to wait in line in the winter cold for more than 30 minutes before the line even got in the door. Entry price was over $100 for three people if you do all the activities available (thought this was very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved this place! The animals were magnificent, the staff very knowledgeable, and good food in the food court (and not extremely overpriced)! We spent the whole day looking at everything we could, and still didn't see everything. Totally worth the price. It was a wonderful day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the best time with my family. Definitely the best aquarium I have visited in the last several years. A must see for any tourist

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The aquarium is a wonderful place to take a family. Maybe even good for a date who loves the sea, but lives in the city. Plan to spend at least four hours if you are taking in all the attractions Shedd has to offer. I advise a visitor to check the internet for peak times. We went at a peak... More 

Thank Mezumi
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Compared to other aquariums this one was so boring. We did not need to pay to see most of it. The exhibits were old and not interesting. I would skip this one.

Thank Ryan M
Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I, our two 18 month olds, and a (much) older son of mine together wis his almost three year old daughter visited The Shedd and had an exceptional time. The children were captivated by all the animals. I found the various exhibits fascinating. The staff was helpful, informative and uniformly pleasant to interact with. It seemed everyone... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We took our teenage daughter and her friend to Shedds aquarium and it made for an all day adventure. We even visited some of the tanks twice. The staff was engaging with the fish in some of the larger aquariums and we loved it! There is a cafeteria style eatery on site that was rather reasonable and had something for... More 

Thank shelly w
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I went to the Shedd recently with our son and 2 year old granddaughter. It must have been very hard to retrofit an older building for handicapped access. The handicapped entrance is in an inconvenient place, is not protected from the elements, and is a long hike to the door for someone who is handicapped, but ambulatory.... More 

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Frankfort, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place, just not enough time. We got there at 3 pm on a Sat., and it closed at 6 pm. NOW I see all the answers to my questions - so I am telling you - GET THERE EARLY! Ask for a teacher discount, if you are one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on Illinois Residents free day and had a blast. Even with the high volume of visitors, the displays, show, and staff were excellent. A little waiting to get in the door, but no waits after. The sea creatures were beautiful, and facility was clean. Even rented a locker for $0.75 cents for coats. Parking was a short walk... More 

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