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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
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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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Outstanding Women's photography special exhibit with National Geographic, one of the best photography exhibits I have seen. Museum specializes in plants, Mammals... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Outstanding Women's photography special exhibit with National Geographic, one of the best photography exhibits I have seen. Museum specializes in plants, Mammals, Dinosaurs. Excellent exhibits. Special exhibit on Chinese Terra Cotta Warriors, not visited, extra fee to see pricey.

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Cincinnati, OH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Let me begin by saying that the animals at the Shedd are wonderful. I took over 300 photographs of the aquatic life throughout the facility. There are so many unusual and exotic underwater creatures that you could hurt your neck snapping back and forth to see them all. The multi-colored frogs (mostly poisonous) were fabulous! That being said, the dolphin/whale... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

With shows and experiences and all the varied exhibits, our entire family had an outstanding day at the ocean/river/lake without leaving the Loop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We came in at opening with city passes but had forgotten to print them out. We had three people at the front that let us use to computer to print them and then get the booklets at the counter. Above and beyond their job. The cafe we ate at was nice with the classic Chicago dog and the water show... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing place. I was overwhelmed by the size of this place. The facade itself is magnificent. This you must see here - The dolphin show that happen every hour or so, the aquarium, the penguin area. It was a $30 ticket when I went there and was worth the money. Right on the shore of and overlooking Lake Michigan, this... More 

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Middlebury, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It really is a wondeful aquarium. The wait was almost 2 hours but we really enjoyed all the exhibits. The $30 pass is more than sufficient to see everything. Honestly, I think even the $10 pass would have been fine. We know for next time! Would love to go back but hopefully the line will be shorter! There's a lot... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My daughters and I enjoyed the Shedd Aquarium. So many species of fish that I didn't even know existed. So much to see and learn. It was well worth the time spent there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow a wonderful connect with the planet of living creatures, animals and birds. Don't miss the Sea lion show and spend time in the cool with the penguins!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The queues were long (on a Monday!) and having waited for an hour to enter, I was sorry I did. Even after entering the building, it took nearly 20 minutes to get tickets. i had expelted more from the displays, but lost interest after seeing the first 20 Windows. The show was lame and boring. I will not revisit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Huge aquarium with wonderful sea animals and we loved it. dolphin show was amazing. try to plan on a normal weekend.

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This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you 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 is one of Chicago’s premier locations for green space and recreation with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Take a stroll down memory lane in the historic Prairie District where you can enjoy views of old historic homes. Restaurants, theaters, and clubs are spread throughout the neighborhood along with a collection of burger joints along Michigan Avenue just across from the park.