Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium

Aquarium · Central Chicago
1200 S Lake Shore Dr (at Solidarity Dr), Chicago, IL 60605, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM (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)
    Carly H.
    "The holiday dolphin show is an interesting selection."(11 Tips)

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  • Edward S.

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

    Edward Sebor · 1 week ago
  • Veronika L.

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Lauren B.

    Expensive stop but perfect with kids and extreme weather

    Lauren Bacon · September 22
  • Allison K.

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

    Allison Kaminski · September 9
  • michelle j.

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

    michelle jimenez · September 3
  • Danial M.

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

    Danial M.Hassan · August 23
  • Bonnie C.

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

    Bonnie Chu · August 9
  • Ricky V.

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

    Ricky Vazquez · August 6
  • Danny G.

    The stingray exhibit is wonderful!

    Danny Garcia · July 30
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    🌹Sun! · July 23
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jason

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

    Jason · June 22
  • Lucy W.

    Great view in the dining area

    Lucy Wen · June 11
  • Terrass M.

    Pay the extra $ and go see the penguins

    Terrass Misher · June 3
  • Nick F.

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

    Nick Fruendt · May 28
  • 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
  • Erika

    The best aquarium!

    Erika · May 24
  • 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
  • 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
  • Debora D.

    Nice place to kids

    Debora Do Carmo · April 14
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stephon G.

    Such a cool fish museum!

    Stephon Gilder · March 17
  • Saran

    Great place! Lots to learn about underwater life :)

    Saran · March 1
  • Holly

    Get there early!

    Holly · February 22
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mandalyn R.

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

    Mandalyn Renicker · February 12
  • Joseph B.

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

    Joseph Blewitt · February 6
  • Ricardo L.

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

    Ricardo Luciano · February 6
  • 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
  • Neo

    Don't miss the Beluga !!

    Neo · January 25
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jeff J.

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

    Jeff Jenkins · December 24, 2014
  • Laura G.

    Sea otters and belugas. One of the biggest aquariums I've ever seen in the US

    Laura Gamboa · December 23, 2014
  • Andre S.

    Great shows.. The dolphins are so cute.. You need to see all the shows.. Best ever

    Andre Saikai Gomes · December 18, 2014
  • Calvin Paul S.

    A Sailor's View---Awesome......

    Calvin Paul Shummon · December 12, 2014
  • G🐞rkem

    You should see this aquarium 💗 At holiday times you may be to await one's turn if you don't have city pass card. There are too many types of fishes and it's amazing.

    G🐞rkem · November 30, 2014
  • Yaqoob A.

    Super freaking awesome

    Yaqoob Alobaidli · November 17, 2014
  • Mauricio R.

    incredible aquarium, the jellyfishes and the reef was amazing

    Mauricio Rota · November 5, 2014
  • Claire E.

    Go and see a lungfish that has been in the Shedd since 1933! They have amazing exhibits from all over the world with fun shows for kids, 4-D movies, and pretty much every fish you could imagine.

    Claire Elizabeth · October 30, 2014
  • Daniela D.

    Watch the shows! Pay the extra bucks... It'sworth it!

    Daniela DB · October 13, 2014
  • Rono

    Go on a weekday during the school year. Otherwise you will have little kids pushing on your legs at every exhibit. I love this aquarium.

    Rono · October 9, 2014
  • Tabatha G.

    Love the aquatic reef tank! So big & colorful. Make sure to check out the aquatic show, they do talk, a lot, but it is still neat; especially if you have never seen anything like that!

    Tabatha Grover · September 30, 2014

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