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Shedd Aquarium

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1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2490
+1 312-939-2438
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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!
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“beluga whales” (749 reviews)
“dolphin show” (841 reviews)
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1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2490
South Loop
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+1 312-939-2438
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Reviewed today via mobile

I went with my 16-year old daughter, and we both really enjoyed it. We have been to a lot of aquariums throughout the country, and this is one of the best for sure. Good place to spend a couple of hours.

Thank Tina S
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Reviewed yesterday

I have wanted to visit the Shedd Aquarium for as long as I can remember. It is a beautiful facility that lived up to my expectations. Unfortunately, I choose spring break for my first visit. Who knew that every parent in the Chicago Area would...More

Thank Candy P
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Shedd_Aquarium, Manager at Shedd Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you so much for your feedback, Candy! And, rest assured, spring break is often our busiest time of the year, so we'd love to have you back another day. We're so glad to have you aboard as a member, as well! As for parking,...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyed the exhibits, which were varied and informative. The entrance fee is a bit on the high side though

Thank Itravelfirstclass
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Shedd_Aquarium, Manager at Shedd Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your feedback! As we are a non-profit, ticket sales help support our mission and global conservation efforts, so we appreciate every contribution.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

It's amazing it's been quite some years since our visit but seeing this we remember it like it was yesterday. We had a great time here, so many different exhibits and being able to see so many ocean lifeforms. We also had a great time...More

Thank MS_downriver
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We used the hop on hop off bus to get out to the aquarium which is next to the Field museum. We had to queue to get in as it is very popular. Be aware it is expensive if you are only visiting for a...More

Thank Robertson;Mrs.a... R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wonderful exhibits. I really enjoyed the focus on conservation and being conscious of sealife on our planet. The land and water show with beluga whales, dolphins and a sea lion was the perfect length for kids (~15 minutes) and was focused on educating viewers about...More

Thank k d
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Aquariums start looking the same. But this was as good as any and good dolphin shows and beluga whale. Also nice you can take in your own food. But the do have a good cafe. This was my kids favorite museum.

Thank Aditya T
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Reviewed 3 days ago

No huge tank like other world class aquariums but good and unusual collection of fish. Baluga whales, Sea Otters were also fantastic. Not too busy on a Monday.

Thank RossmoyneWA
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fascinating, educational, and entertaining for the whole family. Absolutely worth the price of admission! And to top it off- take a water taxi to Navy Pier or Michigan Avenue after your day of fun. A mini-vacation inside of your next Chicago trip!

Thank Rhonda M
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Super aquarium! Clearly focused on the ecology, animal welfare and learning this is the best aquarium I have visited. Well worth a visit and the wait to buy your entrance tickets

Thank Robertn12
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Lauralux
June 25, 2018|
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Response from hqueeniew | Reviewed this property |
I have not. There's so much to see with regular admission, I'd want to be sure you're not going to miss anything with a behind-the-scenes tour.
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Jason F
May 31, 2018|
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Response from heron48 | Reviewed this property |
There is parking about 1 block south as well as credit card street parking, but that fills fast.
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romtravel
May 28, 2018|
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Response from 711silke | Reviewed this property |
We have been there. I had chips and my husband I think a muffin. We did not feel sick afterwards. But with the kids they touch everything and put their fingers then into their face and mouth.
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