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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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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 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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Nice aquarium

We enjoyed the Shedd Aquarium. The belugas were our favorite, and it was nice to be able to see them so close. The dolphin show was ok, but not spectacular. We liked the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
77travelgirl77
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Augusta, Georgia
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great combination of local music in one of the best aquariums in the United States. Perfect way to spend a late summer evening.

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Augusta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the Shedd Aquarium. The belugas were our favorite, and it was nice to be able to see them so close. The dolphin show was ok, but not spectacular. We liked the penguins and the amphibian exhibit too. Definitely worth seeing, especially with the City Pass.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is a nice place to visit! You can see may different shows and also if you want to see other different attractions in Chicago, buy a city pass. There is also an attraction where you can touch the fish, it´s funny (make sure to wash your hands, otherwise you´ll smell like fish all day...LOL).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome place. Expensive to get in though and at busy times the attractions are booked put. Great souvenir shop though and parking around $20

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Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been to many aquariums but I think this one was a little better. I loved the animal show!!!!

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Nipigon, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were fortunate to just happen to be there on Senior Day. Our entry was free and we got a $10 coupon for food at a food vendors. Well designed Aquarium with a good variety of aquatic displays. Got to be up close to the stingrays but not as many as when we went to Sea World in Florida. Our... More 

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Warsaw, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was amazing. Cannot express how awesome this experience was for us. We have a 4.5 yo and a 9 mo and they had a blast. So many things to do its a full day activity or at least 3/4 of day. Buy your tickets online and select the shows you want to go. We did sea monsters 4d and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is nothing special about this aquarium and I fail to see what the hype is all about. We have visited many aquariums throughout the world and this falls into the average range in terms of the exhibits and ambiance. Customer service is non-existent - most of the employees look bored and are completely indifferent. It does not reflect well... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visiting the shed is for all ages, locals or tourists. The shed is a must stop for me and my friends when we're in town, especially when it's a rainy or cold day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great to visit the wide displays of aquarium life from around the world. Great setting for kids.We took a water taxi from Navy Pier to get here and that's a fun way to see the waterfront and get to the Shed. Some of the display glass was quite "mucky" on the outside and needed a good cleaning but overall we... More 

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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.