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Shedd Aquarium

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Address: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
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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Thanksgiving Getaway

The aquarium is big and the building is beautiful. It also has the BEST view of the Chicago skyline.I would recommend buying your tickets online so you won't have to wait in line... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the greatest place to visit and one of my favorite. Aquatic show made my day. First time I saw dolphins, penguins and sharks from such a close distance. Very amazing experience and life long memory.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The aquarium is big and the building is beautiful. It also has the BEST view of the Chicago skyline.I would recommend buying your tickets online so you won't have to wait in line. We waited, outside in the cold, for 45 minutes. The security guys said the average wait time on weekends & holidays is between 45-1hr. The online ticket... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a really great aquarium. It is a pretty big facility with a wide variety of exhibits. Well maintained also. Great place to visit with children, friends, the whole family, as a couple, or simply alone.

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Shedd_Aquarium, Manager at Shedd Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for visiting Shedd Aquarium! We are so glad your enjoyed your visit. We hope to "sea" you again soon! More 

Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the best aquariums I have ever visited. I always look for tanks with live coral and the had a few. This place is huge and very well laid out with great displays and interpretive information. If you are planning a visit plan for at least four hours if you want to see most of it. We... More 

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Shedd_Aquarium, Manager at Shedd Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for visiting Shedd Aquarium! We are so glad your enjoyed your visit and we hope to "sea" you again soon! More 

Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you only have a couple of days to spend in Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium is a must see. Well organized from the moment you enter the doors, the Aquarium posts fabulous exhibits, great shows and the added treat of "young guides", who passionately explain the exhibits. I certainly learned a thing or two. Must see movie experience as well... More 

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Shedd_Aquarium, Manager at Shedd Aquarium, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for visiting Shedd Aquarium! We are so glad your enjoyed your visit. We hope to "sea" you again soon! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I liked this aquarium, especially the dolphin show. The trainers for the dolphins were great and it was exciting to watch. Lots of variety of animals, and I plan on coming back soon.

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Shedd_Aquarium, Manager at Shedd Aquarium, responded to this review

Hello Alex, thanks for visiting Shedd Aquarium and leaving your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed our aquatic presentation. We hope to "sea" you again soon! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A huge aquarium with very interesting and informative staff. The exhibits are really good with plenty to see and for younger children plenty of interaction. The show is entertaining and not too long. The food in the cafe in excellent and good value for money

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Shedd_Aquarium, Manager at Shedd Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi Peter, thank you so much for visiting Shedd and writing a review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to "sea" you again soon! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited Shedd 11/21/16...been many years since previous visit. Favorite exhibits were grey/white dolphins, and the penguins.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Illinois residents can take advantage of the $8 admission and can forgo the $30 and $40 admission options. For 8 bucks you get what you came for...fish viewing! Sure you miss out of the show and the 4-D (?) movie...but the family had a terrific time this weekend just watching the fish.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Shedd aquarium is located on a beautiful spot over looking the city, as I regularly visit aquariums, I found this one to be very informative and educational with a healthy amount aimed towards conservation and protection. Its a great day out and i would highly recommend it. side note - prices are quite steep for both food and drink

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