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“Decent Aquarium”
Review of Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium
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Owner description: 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!
New York City, New York
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“Decent Aquarium”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

Honestly, they nickle and dime you for things like the dolphin show, "movie experiences", etc. At least when we were there, the habitat for the Beluga Whales seemed especially depressing. It was very crowded on a summer Friday when we were there, which was to be expected... but the aquarium doesn't really flow, and traffic jams cropped up everywhere.

Visited July 2014
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“Best aquarium I have visited”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

Went on a weekday in early July 2014. We took the bus to the aquarium (which also passes Soldier Field amongst other attractions), which was very easy from downtown Chicago.

First, I'm gonna be honest, we have a 3 and 6 year old, both boys and they were very off-put by the rotunda exhibit. Very, very, very loud. Could not understand what the commenter and diver were saying.

Aside from the rotunda, we did the whole aquarium in about 2-2.5 hrs. 3 places to eat, which was nice, comparably priced. The food lines look long, but it moves fast. Nice view of Lake Michigan.

We also elected to watch the dolphin show, which lasted about 25 minutes. The kids were amused and kept their attention (which is surprising for my clan).

Clean restrooms, stroller parking and lockers if needed.

Visited June 2014
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“frustrating start”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our visit began with a very frustrating hour and half wait to purchase tickets. I was not planning on a visit to the aquarium however one in our group of 6 adults wanted to see the jellies display. This museum has a good variety of sea life but does not rival other aquariums that we have visited. There were many summer camp children's groups which is a good thing that they are exposed to the underwater world. There is a very distinctive unpleasant odor throughout the museum. I have been in other museums like this and do not have any memory of such smells. The prices are inflated for what you see. Added fees are available for extra experiences. We did this visit from the hop on hop off bus so no need to fuss with parking. There should be a sign outside telling you how long the wait is from a certain point. We started in line about 40 ft. from the bottom of the steps outside for a 1 1/2 hour wait. Ticket sales people were slow beyond description. Our visit took us 2 hours. Ate a hotdog in a filthy eating area around the viewing windows. I would not recommend this place there are just too many other very wonderful things to see in Chicago.

Visited July 2014
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“Not enough time”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

We unfortunately showed up on a day that they had an event going on. I was glad we bought the Groupon to avoid the lines. The selection of animals/fish was great. The show was really adorable. I'm sure we will be back.

Visited June 2014
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“Much improved”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

The Pros: We were impressed by the live show .Much improved! Great music, a timely message, a variety of animals all of which look healthy and happy, a large screen projecting closeups of the show. The staff all were helpful and friendly.. Exhibits varied and explained in detail. The addition of one healthy option restaurant. Availability of purchasing tickets on line to avoid the lines a MUST! LOVED OUR DAY THERE!!
The Cons: The website for the Shedd does not adequately explain the ticket options, contains confusing directions to the Shedd and parking, does not alert you to events (like the half marathon on July 20) that shuts down access roads to the Museum Campus and necessitates delayed museum openings ), is overloaded at peak times and logs you off when trying to purchase tickets (late night early morning best times to try), the signage to the parking garage, in the garage and then to the Shedd from the parking garage is unclear. Why not have shuttle buses or someone posted near the garages for questions? (We parked in the underground structure north of Soldiers' Field.)Too many junk food places on the museum campus.

Visited July 2014
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