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Shedd Aquarium

#26 of 648 things to do in Chicago Features Animals
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2490
+1 312-939-2438
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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!
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“dolphin show” (669 reviews)
“beluga whales” (632 reviews)
“city pass” (641 reviews)
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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

We had not been to the Shedd aquarium in such a long time that we thought it would be a new and neat experience. It is quite expensive but it is also very large. We got there right at 9am when it opened and there...More

Thank Debbie N
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spent around 3 hours here and saw the 4D movie and the dolphin show - it was pretty good, but the show was a bit corny. There is a fantastic array of fish and sea life on display in the aquarium and the descriptions...More

Thank spurs5
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great stop to try and see but it is so ungodly crowded it takes away from a lot of the displays unfortunately.

Thank Amanda B
Reviewed yesterday

Need all day to viisit every single corner of the place.God exhibitions, great place for kids of all ages.

Thank opierantoni
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I've been to several aquariums, this was definitely one of the best. The one in Monterey still holds the #1 spot though. You can park at a lot between the aquarium and the Field Museum for $22 all day. But you need to get there...More

Thank yodadagobah
Reviewed yesterday

If you have never seen a fish, or live near water, then you may understand the cost. It cost $39.95 person. But since I live near water, have been to an aquarium before, there wasn't anything new to this one. What I really noticed was...More

Thank Pam B
Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I have been to quite a few aquariums across the country. This has to be one of the top picks. People of all ages would enjoy this wonderful attraction in Chicago.

Thank cindyw0lf
Reviewed yesterday

Now a combination oceanarium and aquarium, this is a good place to visit,especially if children have to see dolphins be fed..It is a large place with thins of interest for adults,too.

Thank 197marian
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The 4D movie is such fun! It was the best part of the visit. I think the Atlanta aquarium is much better than this one. However, the 4D movie that we had access due to the City Pass made all the difference. For those that...More

Thank Isabel C
Shedd_Aquarium, Manager at Shedd Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Isabel, thank you for visiting Shedd and leaving your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed your 4-D Experience. We hope to "sea" you again soon!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This aquarium is really big. My kids really enjoyed the beluga whales and penguins. Worth the price of admission for sure.

Thank ramon560
South Loop
This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of
activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you
happen to visit during football season, you may bump
into a boisterous few fans on their way to a Bears
game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the
flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and
educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and
aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park
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25 July 2017|
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Response from psweber2016 | Reviewed this property |
Mostly indoors. There may be some additional summer activities outside that weren't happening when I was there though.
22 June 2017|
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Response from R K | Reviewed this property |
But you can touch dolphins.
11 June 2017|
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Response from blossom573 | Reviewed this property |
We went on the city tour hop on hop off so I'm not really sure about parking we stayed close to 4 hours here and the food was ok but very expensive especially for a family of five.