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Shedd Aquarium

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Address: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Good but quite expensive

The Shedd Aquarium has a good collection of fish exhibits. The Dolphin show, the Beluga Whale and the 4D shows were great. However, I think it is a little over priced. The line... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Shedd Aquarium has a good collection of fish exhibits. The Dolphin show, the Beluga Whale and the 4D shows were great. However, I think it is a little over priced. The line to enter the aquarium grows longer very quickly. Even after reaching there by 9:30 am we had to wait more than an hour just to reach the... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Did have to wait in a very long slow moving line (which could have been avoided by pre purchasing tickets on linebut this was a little spontaneous) but inside is a beautiful and engrossing and aquarium. Strongly recommend the dolphin show and the beluga whales and living reef. It is also a fabulous place for taking pictures of your family... More 

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Libertyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We got there at 9:20 and the line was very short. Later much longer. Check out the show; lots of fun. Lots of families and school groups were visiting; still easy to see the displays.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

On Saturday, February 20 we arrived at the Shedd aquarium around 11 AM and the wait to get in was an hour and 45 minutes so I suggest arriving before the aquarium opens at 9 AM to avoid a long wait.I also suggest if you have an aquarium pass for another aquarium in your area or there are other aquariums... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It had been years since I had been here. I got VIP tickets with our hotel stay. It was very busy but the place was clean and there was lots to see. The shows were awesome and very informative. The parking near here is very expensive to be prepared to pay!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was well worth the visit. It was just my husband and I, and we stayed about 3 hours. The aquarium was clean, informative, and had wonderful displays.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Shedd is a terrific aquarium, and you'll probably love it. But it is PRICEY. Parking is $22, and passes are $40 per person if you want your visit to include a 4D movie and dolphin+seal show (kids 4-11 are $30). I could have lived with that, but the museum works very hard to pry even more out of your... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went to Chicago for the weekend mostly to visit Shedd with our child. Parking was horrible, the "wrap" around where you can park on the one way streets either on left or right takes forever to find a spot and people drive like idiots. We found a spot and paid like 4 dollars to park which isn't bad at all.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was on my boyfriend's "to do" list when he visited Chicago (I used to live there) and so we went. The dolphin show is not much live animal show and mostly promotional videos. The 4D show is cool if you've never been and the frog exhibit is what you expect - looking for tiny frogs camouflaged under a glass... More 

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Chapin, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not your typical aquarium. They have many cool things to see. Make sure you go see the beluga whales.

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