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Shedd Aquarium

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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

I thought the admission price was quite steep, especially when you are bringing family here. Perhaps offer a student discount for college kids? It was good but not anything that would make me want to go back or highly recommend. Very crowded and hard to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RunningEsme
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There is a lot of fish that are well organized into regions. The habitats seemed very well done and fish well looked after. It is however possible to miss things as there is no flow after the first exibit. We had a great day and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Loganberries
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Loved the excellent array of aquarium animals. The dolphin show was fantastic and we really enjoyed seeing the whales - they are just spectacular.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lollen94
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Can’t even begin to list how many times I’ve been to the Shedd. My very first experience was right after they opened the oceanarium in the 90s. Fun to share with my own family. Plan your trip before you go. Order tickets online (if you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank barnistabg
Reviewed 5 days ago

My mother and I adventured over to Chicago to visit with a niece and her fiancé this summer. Had an Uber driver take us to the Shedd Aquarium. What an adventure - as the place is huge! Able to see many exhibits depicting places around...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JustUs4More
Reviewed 5 days ago

Loved the aquarium! So many different fish and other species to look at. It was very busy but if you have all day long it is well worth it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kathy122602
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took our 3 year old Granddaughter to Shedd Aquarium over Christmas Break. She was thrilled to find so many creatures that live “under the sea”. The moment she found the tank with the Clown Fish swimming was especially exciting for her as she exclaimed,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Maribeth R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were celebrating my grandsons 1st bday! We all loved our visit! So much to see! Clean, beautiful! It had something for all of us!! Leona was especially helpful! She gave us directions and suggestions that were perfect for our group!!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bartuchs
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are plenty to see …fish, otters and whales at this aquarium. You can see divers hand feed the fish and sharks. Plan on staying at least a half day but a whole day would be better.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Betty C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good day at the aquarium, there's lots to see. Parking wasn't horrible, that was a relief as I'd heard it was a pain. The shark tank was really cool as were the dolphins and the center reef aquarium. We spent about 5 hours wandering through...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Brittany C
7 September 2018|
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Response from Glenda D | Reviewed this property |
Definitely call and talk to them. They are the only ones who can make that decision for sure. Good luck!
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