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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My son (10 years old) and I visited the Shedd Aquarium on a Friday morning. We spent about 2-2.5 hours there. We saw the Land and Sea show which was a lot of fun, especially watching the beluga whales and dolphins swim, jump, and do some tricks. The aquarium is well laid out and the staff are very nice and helpful.

There is an area to touch sea stars (inside) and sting rays (outdoor and seasonal). The aquarium is zoned by geographic region.

There are lockers for rent inside, which was good for us since we were backpacking for the weekend. You can open them as often as you need throughout the day or use it as one time use for the same price. A family sized lock fit our two backpacks.

The admission fee is a little pricey for for non-residents. But it was a fun time.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank timmcgeary
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After visiting Atlanta & Monterey Aquarium, the Shedd seemed a little sad by comparison. Yes, it has a lot of the same stuff, but it feels very confined, dirty and it smelled terrible on the lower levels. The exhibits are small, some very colorful, but nothing spectacular. Save your money and visit the other museums instead.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank dianne d
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I have visited Chicago frequently since our son lives there. I went to the Shedd alone, because she's not a big aquatic person. It was great fun. The main structure consists of a central area with a large tank representing a Caribbean reef with hundreds of fish in it. I was lucky to get there during feeding time, which was fun to see. Coming off from that central area like spokes on a wheel are areas showing the Amazon River, the Great Lakes (lampreys are disgusting), and other rivers and lakes. From there you can take an elevator to the "Wild Reef" which is a larger space for more ocean fish. Once you take the elevator back up, you can go downstairs to the 4-D Theater, which buffets you with wind and spritzes you with water as you watch a movie. The whales, dolphins, and sea otters are also on this level, and you can watch the dolphin show, which consists of smooth water, then dolphins exploding out to leap 10 feet into the air.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank HDS1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Shedd is very clean lots to see it takes about 2 hours to see everything. The staff is very informative and knowledgeable. You will not be disappointed.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank cindy m
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building is nice, and if you haven't been to many big aquariums it will seem awesome. If you have been to Vancouver or San Diego etc. You will probably think that for the size of the building you could fit more exhibits in. Highlight is the octopus, which is awesome no matter how many you have seen.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank GreatNorthWoods
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