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Soundings at Shedd Aquarium

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1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605-2402
+1 312-692-3277
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good27%
  • Average20%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible9%
2 weeks ago
“Overly priced, especially for very average food”
Nov 11, 2017
“Quick Lunch”
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All hours
$$ - $$$
1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605-2402
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Reviewed April 20, 2016

I think this is one of those "hidden" gems on the lake! This restaurant is located on the upper level of the Shedd Aquarium, and offers up a wonderful selection of food, and if you are lucky enough to get a table by a window,...More

2  Thank Deborah S
Reviewed April 17, 2016

A visit to Shedd Aquarium can easily last all day, so a pleasant lunch might be in order. The view of Like Michigan and Chicago is wonderful, and the menu is pleasant. I enjoyed a salad of Gorgonzola, pears, and walnuts.

1  Thank Zoogoer
Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Very nice aquarium. Lovely shows (I saw the 4D movie and the aquatic show) both of which were great. There is so much to do and see. However it is very crowed and the food and gift shop merchandise is very expensive.

Thank Cassandra B
Reviewed February 24, 2016

I found the right side of Soundings to be very similar to Starbucks with about the same prices. The quality of the food was very good. They had coffee, sandwiches, drinks, muffins, and cute animal cut out sugar cookies. There is a small bar area...More

1  Thank MerryTravels11
Reviewed February 17, 2016

It is preferred over the food court downstairs; however, it is pricier. You can get better food outside the Shedd

Thank FelixCon
Reviewed November 17, 2015

I was surprised to find such a nice place in the aquarium for lunch. I expected a loud cafeteria with cold food but we found great service with a great view. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. I would certainly return upon our next...More

1  Thank bdvorachek
Reviewed November 14, 2015

The Shedd Acquraium is amazing in every way. If you're in Chicago go--it's terrific for children, teens and adults.

Thank 75Terry
Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

20+ minutes to wait for a to-go order is unacceptable. The manager and staff appeared aloof and without care or speed when it came to our and others orders. I would not recommend.

Thank jjswank
Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

I'll be the first to admit that I had low expectations eating at a museum cafe. However this place was so mediocre, busy and overpriced there's no way I could justify going here. Their menu is limited which would hopefully mean they had some quality...More

Thank HyperionXIC
Reviewed July 18, 2015

The location is really nice. it is right near Lake Michigan. There are lots ofthings inside for the children, and adults. This ia a nice family place. It's worth the money.

Thank Cowboys66
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July 14, 2015|
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Response from Lorraine7 | Reviewed this property |
Soundings is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.according to another web site Menu selections include panini, salmon salad, lemongrass chicken wrap, and a tarragon chicken salad sandwich. The venue also has a good... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$21 - $30
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605-2402
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-692-3277
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