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Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium

Aquarium · Museum Campus
1200 S Lake Shore Dr (at Solidarity Dr), Chicago, IL 60605, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
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Strap a mask and flippers onto your imagination and chart a course to Shedd Aquarium. Have you ever gotten eye-to-eye with a dolphin? Or met a penguin on a stroll to the South Pole? Or immersed yourself in an Amazon flooded forest? At Shedd, it's all possible.


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    Lisa W.
    "The penguin encounter one was a great value and a wonderful time!"(17 Tips)
    Ricardo L.
    "Excellent aquarium, choose the CityPass, great deal!!!"(19 Tips)
    Paula A.
    "Spend some time with the cute Beluga whales, they're cute and funny."(10 Tips)
    Jon H.
    "Check out the dolphin show."(11 Tips)

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  • Kim S.

    Shedd Aquarium is the world's largest aquarium. the dolphins and sharks are too amazing and cool . It is a outstanding view

    Kim Suzanne Solveson · 6 days ago
  • Laura H.

    If you have kids, go early and sign on for the show and keep your coats to sit on because it is cement! The Shedd and their shows are full ADA accessible.

    Laura Hussein · 2 weeks ago
  • Laura H.

    Wednesdays and Thursdays are the most frequent school field-trip days, so try a Monday?

    Laura Hussein · 2 weeks ago
  • Chris H.

    Baby beluga!

    Chris Haid · January 8
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    Chris Wellman · December 29, 2015
  • Cassandra D.

    I absolutely love you Shedd Aquarium! Check out Freebie today!

    Cassandra Dixon · December 22, 2015
  • Michael C.

    Fantastic Aquarium experience

    Michael C · December 12, 2015
  • Алена В.

    Well, for 8$ u'll receive enough fishes in tanks. But in general nothing special.

    Алена Винник · December 7, 2015
  • Thao P.

    Great place - The daily pass won't include shows. 30$-80$ per ticket

    Thao Pham · December 4, 2015
  • Candice T.

    For a two year old, General admission is sufficient!

    Candice Tan · December 2, 2015
  • Edward S.

    $5 tickets for locals. (Hint: go with a local)

    Edward Sebor · November 16, 2015
  • Veronika L.

    Well, the aquarium in Dubai impressed me more, but this one is also nice. I wish the shows would be more interesting.

    Veronika Lukianchykova · October 30, 2015
  • Joseph G.

    Dolphins were blocked off for the newborn. Was a nice aquarium, may be biased but the Camden aquarium is nicer.

    Joseph G · October 11, 2015
  • Will S.

    That Aquarium is well laid out and staff is friendly. The shark Aquarium is great, will give you goose bumps! I had the CityPass, good value for money!

    Will St Martin · September 27, 2015
  • Lauren B.

    Expensive stop but perfect with kids and extreme weather

    Lauren Bacon · September 22, 2015
  • Allison K.

    Great views around the shedd. It's one of the best aquariums in the US

    Allison Kaminski · September 9, 2015
  • michelle j.

    In the summer look out for jazzin at the shedd! Adult fun!

    michelle jimenez · September 3, 2015
  • Danial M.

    Try to get pass so you can skip the line and get in faster.

    Danial M.Hassan · August 23, 2015
  • Bonnie C.

    A la carte pricing for the good stuff: otters, whales, and dolphins 🐶🐋🐬💰

    Bonnie Chu · August 9, 2015
  • Ricky V.

    Do not pay the $40, $8 will do the same job.

    Ricky Vazquez · August 6, 2015
  • Danny G.

    The stingray exhibit is wonderful!

    Danny Garcia · July 30, 2015
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  • Kim Z.

    The aquarium is clean with large viewing areas. Getting there early meant short lines and easy access to the aquariums.

    Kim Zimmerman · July 14, 2015
  • Jon S.

    A must visit if in Chicago alone or with the family. The Aquarium takes about 3-5 hours to go through the whole thing. Get the VIP pass to see all the shows and definitely get the stingray touch.

    Jon Suminski · July 6, 2015
  • Jessica W.

    Very very crowded on any day in the summer. Make sure to pre-purchase tickets so the wait is shorter. Nice amount of critters to see!

    Jessica Weiss · June 30, 2015
  • Jason

    Budget lots of time here. At least 1 full day.

    Jason · June 22, 2015
  • Lucy W.

    Great view in the dining area

    Lucy Wen · June 11, 2015
  • Terrass M.

    Pay the extra $ and go see the penguins

    Terrass Misher · June 3, 2015
  • Nick F.

    The penguins are very funny and the beluga whales are cool!

    Nick Fruendt · May 28, 2015
  • Rachel S.

    I liked this place more than The Field Museum! If you have a school ID the tickets are only $5 for general admission. Go early though to bypass the crowds.

    Rachel Starks · May 25, 2015
  • Erika

    The best aquarium!

    Erika · May 24, 2015
  • Chicagoist

    For $75 bucks and some change, you get to hang out with an adorable penguin in a small group, and you even get to PET THE PENGUIN! Read more

    Chicagoist · April 23, 2015
  • Leland B.

    Beautiful aquarium but beware the long lines on weekends. Pre-purchase your tickets or be prepared to wait 30+ minutes to get in!

    Leland Brewster · April 17, 2015
  • Debora D.

    Nice place to kids

    Debora Do Carmo · April 14, 2015
  • Sandi A.

    Love this place! We spent 5 hours checking out the exhibits and shows -only 1 big negative -1 hour wait time ti get into the Shedd - what's up with that?

    Sandi Anderson · April 11, 2015
  • Chris O.

    The aquatic show is very much education, with very little show. Unless you're looking to make this an education trip this addition can be avoided.

    Chris O · March 25, 2015
  • Olli K.

    Saying this place is amazing is an understatement. Great tourist spot but expect it to be a little $$. Great for all ages

    Olli K · March 23, 2015
  • Stephon G.

    Such a cool fish museum!

    Stephon Gilder · March 17, 2015
  • Saran

    Great place! Lots to learn about underwater life :)

    Saran · March 1, 2015
  • Holly

    Get there early!

    Holly · February 22, 2015
  • Kelly W.

    One of the first indoor aquarium ever. Originally had the saltwater transported by train from Key West in Florida.

    Kelly Wong · February 18, 2015
  • Jonathan F.

    This is one of those places you must visit in Chicago. The diversity of fish they have here is astounding. Even when it's busy and crowded, the other visitors are very courteous.

    Jonathan Ferrera · February 15, 2015
  • Mandalyn R.

    Be sure to check the free admission days for IL residents!

    Mandalyn Renicker · February 12, 2015
  • Joseph B.

    I don't know anything about fish, but this place is amazing!

    Joseph Blewitt · February 6, 2015
  • Ricardo L.

    Excellent aquarium, choose the CityPass, great deal!!!

    Ricardo Luciano · February 6, 2015
  • Paulo H.

    It's always a good place to go with friends or family.. I'm from Brazil and had visited twice in different periods already.. High season like Christmas or News Eve must be patient.. Too crowded!

    Paulo Henrique · February 1, 2015
  • Neo

    Don't miss the Beluga !!

    Neo · January 25, 2015
  • Mike B.

    Fantastic day at the aquarium, I would skip the 4D show next time but the aquatics show was superb!

    Mike Blackley · January 18, 2015
  • Song Z.

    A fun place for all ages. I don't know how often the exhibits change so probably don't want to go on a weekly basis. My daughter loves the place and shows.

    Song Zhao · January 1, 2015
  • Jeff J.

    Get to the aquatic show early. This is the place fills up 10+ minutes before it starts

    Jeff Jenkins · December 24, 2014

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