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Shedd Aquarium

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2490
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+1 312-939-2438
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Reviewed yesterday

There are so many animals and so much to learn at the Shedd Aquarium. Besides the great many varieties of fish, there are turtles, monkeys, coral, sea anemones, seahorses, sea otters and manatees, just to name a few. I was transfixed by the colorful and...More

Thank zopple2010
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was pleased at the amount of fish and animal life they have here at the Shedd. How they were able to share information about the different types of fish and aquatic life is amazing. A very skilled and knowledgeable staff.

Thank MaRR1900
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We’d been to many aquariums all over the world, but I’d say this was one of my favorites after Seaworld in Florida, which is more of an amusement park. It was well laid out and the dolphin show was dramatically highlighted by Lake Michigan behind...More

Thank WJamous
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I took my nephew (almost 8), to the aquarium on Saturday afternoon. As expected, the place was absolutely jam packed. Families everywhere. The tanks were all clean, and the various animals all appeared to be healthy. We were there at a time...More

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This should be a must on everyone’s “to do” list. I live in the city and visit at least once a year. There is so much to do for all ages.

Thank Christine H
Reviewed 3 days ago

I would have given this place a 5 start rating for their maintenance and collection of fishes, whales, penguins, frogs, snakes, turtles, crabs etc. But what was extremely disappointing was that we bought tickets to see the sea lion show. The woman who sold us...More

Thank Kaumudi P
Shedd_Aquarium, Manager at Shedd Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're very sorry to hear about your disappointment, and apologize for the communication error! We're working to improve this ticketing system, so we appreciate your comments—they're being passed on to our guest experience team.

Reviewed 3 days ago

This is one of the best aquariums you’ll ever see. It’s thrilling to be surrounded by sharks that can’t get to you, and the otters alone are worth the admission price. Get your tickets ahead of time because the lines can get long.

Thank Julia S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I visited this place on my own since I was on a business trip. I spend here about 3 hours. Nice aquirium and a good show. Went on a Sunday, let's say it was a bit crowded ... Relatively high prices though.

Thank joeyl259
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I went to Shedd over Spring Break and had a fantastic experience. The center aquarium with tropical fish held our attention for a very long time, just walking around it and watching all of the fish and turtles. When we go back...More

Thank lesliefam5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one heck of a trip. The exhibits were well put together and captivating. A must visit when in Chicago.

Thank Farah G
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educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and
aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park
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Brittany C
7 September 2018|
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Response from B3900ONjohn | Reviewed this property |
I suggest to call the Aquarium, I don’t work for them, but it seems your way of proof should satisfy them, call them to confirm and get the persons name or supervisor who authorized !
Lisa M
5 September 2018|
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Response from jgbtravels | Reviewed this property |
Admission for us was only free the first weekend of September (Sunday)with a BOA credit card. It’s always only the first weekend of the month(BOA credit card) and the Shedd only allows the free day on Sundays. Yes, we still... More
Tressia H
28 August 2018|
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Response from MS_downriver | Reviewed this property |
yes, but it would also be best to call ahead so you can let them know before you arrive