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Shedd Aquarium

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 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
South Loop
+1 312-939-2438
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Waiting in line. Tons of people. Decent variety of species, but nothing I haven’t seen at other aquariums in the Midwest. Parking is a challenge- park at soldier field, and walk. And it’s expensive.

Thank JHG_from_Kirksville
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This activity would be much more enjoyable with children. There does seem to be a lot of hands on activities that would entertain little ones. We happened to go on a Tuesday. I don’t know if this is the case every Tuesday, but it was...More

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 2 days ago

The building in quite large with many regional vignettes offering both fresh and saltwater creatures. And, some you can touch The aquatic show is great, but too short, only like 20 mins.. However, we did happen to catch a penguin feeding which was fantastic. It...More

Thank bas0921
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a most excellent time at the aquarium. My 2 year old son had an great time, he loved the "hammer sharks". Lunch was great sitting outside with a breathtaking view of the lake and downtown. Can not wait to come back.

Thank Inspiration204165
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have been wanting to take our family to this aquarium for some time but couldn't afford it. I was so happy to see that Illinois residents get free admission in September. You still have to pay to park but that's Chicago for you. We...More

Thank Etomorrow
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Right it’s an aquarium. And perhaps if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. The highlight was the 4D ‘Shark’ film. See it... it’s very good and fun 4D. The Belugas good and the Caribbean reef complete with diver. We bought what we thought was...More

Thank Mark S
Shedd_Aquarium, Manager at Shedd Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback, Mark! The aquatic presentation is included in the cost of admission, but a separate timed reservation is needed to attend. We also closed Stingray Touch a little early to make some renovations to the exhibit. We appreciate your understanding!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent a few hours here midweek. As it was out of peek season we didn’t have to wait too long to get tickets and in. Would expect the fast pass city ticket to be a value if visiting at weekend / holiday, or at...More

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

Thank you for your feedback, and for visiting Shedd recently! We provide recycling, composting and garbage bins for guests all around the aquarium.

Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I loved our visit to the Shedd. We hadn't been there in many years and decided to go when we learned about free passes in September for Illinois residents. The exhibits are first class and the marine life is mind boggling -...More

Thank AmyPRmafia
Reviewed 4 days ago

It is a great display with lots of space to move around. I loved the up close and personal feel in many of the areas and I loved the sea creature mosaics made from reclaimed trash from the waterways. creative and poignant.

1  Thank retiremeinGB
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My family and I had a amazing time at the shed aquarium lots of cool/interesting animals we will definitely be back soon and highly recommend if you've haven't been to go check it out..

Thank Tanette P
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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