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Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium

Museum Campus, Chicago
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  • Lisa W.
    "The penguin encounter one was a great value and a wonderful time!"(18 Tips)
    Ricardo L.
    "Excellent aquarium, choose the CityPass, great deal!!!"(21 Tips)
    Kristen D.
    "Jazzin' at the Shedd is the best time to visit the aquarium!"(7 Tips)
    Paula A.
    "Spend some time with the cute Beluga whales, they're cute and funny."(12 Tips)
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  • Jon S.
    Jon SuminskiJuly 6, 2015
    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.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraFebruary 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Ruth M.
    Ruth MadrigalAugust 18, 2013
    Get the CityPass, the line here can get ridiculous. Also, come in early if you want to see the dolphin show, as by the afternoon its usually sold out. Stingray Touch was the coolest experience ever!
  • Tabatha G.
    Tabatha GroverSeptember 30, 2014
    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!
  • Sara A.
    Sara AApril 13, 2014
    Try to arrive as early as possible to avoid the rush. Penguins, jellyfish, dolphins, & the beluga whales were great but the museum is way smaller than I imagined
  • Jeremiah L.
    Jeremiah LoudenAugust 2, 2013
    Buying tickets online is a must! That or get there when it opens. or wait 1-2 hours. This place along w/ the Planetarium have great city skyline photo ops. The dolphin/beluga whale show is a must.
  • Lindsey S.
    Lindsey ScottNovember 9, 2013
    Hit up the Soundings Cafe for lunch. Great views of the city, reasonable prices, pretty good food, and BEER! Plus, if you go at 12, everyone else is at the dolphin show, you can get a table easily.
  • vanessa b.
    vanessa buenrostroMarch 23, 2016
    A very nice aquarium to go to and many cool exhibits to explore. The dolphin show is very nice to see. They have many free days as well for Illinois residents.Check it out! You won't regret it!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel StarksMay 25, 2015
    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.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BFebruary 13, 2012
    Bring quarters for the lockers if you don't want to carry your coat around. On busy days the change machines run out of quarters! 3 quarters for a small locker, four quarters for a large locker.
  • G🐞rkem
    G🐞rkemNovember 30, 2014
    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.
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    It's the world's largest indoor aquarium with over 8,000 aquatic animals representing over 700 species. The Marine Mammal Presentation features staff interacting with whales & dolphins as they dive.
  • Paulo H.
    Paulo HenriqueFebruary 1, 2015
    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!
  • Krista R.
    Krista RiedAugust 12, 2013
    The line can take up to 2hrs 2get in. Worth it, of course, but be prepared. The Stingray Touch-definitely the highlight! & if u don't need a huge meal, grab a snack by the dolphins!
  • Sabrina Z.
    Sabrina ZwegoMarch 12, 2013
    Buy tickets ahead of time and pick up here...or just bring a stroller and go through the accessible entrance. If not you will wait in a long line just to get in. Former military members get in free.
  • Latasha B.
    Latasha BerryNovember 18, 2013
    Great yearly visit, even without the kids. I love the Beluga whales performance. There are thousands of different species of fish here, stingrays, sharks, you name it. Love this place.
  • Skylar A.
    Skylar AlexanderAugust 7, 2013
    Definitely get the the city pass. You get to see everything and pretty much skip the line. Also if you go before October do the sting ray touch experience, its so neat!!
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistApril 23, 2015
    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
  • Lauren B.
    The beluga whales and penguins are my favorite, but touching the stingrays was very fun, and the jellyfish and octopus were so cool!
  • Anna M.
    Anna MorrisAugust 2, 2012
    Any weekend year round and midday any day during the summer will be a long wait. Come at 3:30 during the summer and spend the last two hours with a smaller crowd. Jellies exhibit is not worth the $.
  • Zaptravel I.
    Zaptravel IncAugust 30, 2013
    When it opened in 1930, Shedd Aquarium was the world’s largest aquarium as well as the first inland aquarium to maintain permanent exhibits of both marine and freshwater fishes.
  • Steven S.
    Steven SullivanAugust 12, 2016
    Really well put together Aquarium, from petting the stingray to the oceanarium just great attractions. Also, if you get to do jazzing at the Shedd it's a great evening.
  • Song Z.
    Song ZhaoJanuary 1, 2015
    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.
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FloresAugust 23, 2013
    For the love of God! Buy tickets online to avoid the 1 hour + line in the blazing sun (specially if you are packing 4 kids)!!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithOctober 21, 2012
    Check out the turtles, especially the huge Alligator Snapping Turtle and the Fly River Turtle, who is extremely friendly.
  • Sandor W.
    Sandor WeiszMay 25, 2013
    Despite what the clerks say, general admission DOES allow you to go downstairs to see the belugas, as well as the basement kids area. It's only $8, or $5 for residents; but it's not on the price menu.
  • Samantha L.
    Samantha LeeOctober 11, 2016
    It's not on the price list menu, but you can get a general admission pass for $8 that includes most of the aquarium and just excludes the specialty exhibits like stingray petting & the polar playzone.
  • Claire E.
    Claire ElizabethOctober 30, 2014
    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.
  • Will S.
    Will St MartinSeptember 27, 2015
    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!
  • Shedd Aquarium
    Shedd AquariumSeptember 7, 2011
    While the weather's still nice, step outside to snap a photo of the view! Our Lakefront Terrace boasts one of the best views of the Chicago skyline without even leaving the aquarium.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkAugust 6, 2013
    Great trip for kids and adults alike. Be sure to experience touching the starfish and sting rays, and definitely do not miss the Japanese spider crab.
  • Blanca G.
    Blanca G.February 28
    This place is mind blowing to any toddler that loves water and colorful fishes. There are many animals there that are about to be extinct. Fishes are being feed and have a home and families.
  • Laurassein
    LaurasseinJanuary 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WenteJuly 24, 2011
    Incredibly long lines, however if you have children and bring a stroller, you can move to the ramp entrance and directly bypass all the lines. Saved us nearly an hour in line of 90+ degree heat!
  • Lisa Z.
    Lisa ZielbauerJune 3, 2013
    The organization of the lines today was awful...1 hr wait in the cold outside vs. 1/2 wait if u bought the city pass which I highly recommend: $89 for a book of tickets for several attractions
  • John G.
    John GondaAugust 3, 2016
    Absolutely fun and amazing - my six year old loved it. Especially the playful beluga whales. Get there early!!
  • Julie A.
    Julie ArrisonOctober 12, 2012
    I haven't been to a great aquarium in a long time and this was GREAT. Not only was it wonderful marine life, but the architecture was to die for.
  • Nicole Y.
    Nicole YousefMarch 20, 2014
    Absolutely amazing I loved everything about this Aquarium. The only thing I could say is book ahead best decision I made those lines were so long!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 18, 2015
    One of the first indoor aquarium ever. Originally had the saltwater transported by train from Key West in Florida.
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WeissJune 30, 2015
    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!
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa King MorganJuly 1, 2013
    Buy your tickets online before arriving, otherwise you may be in line up to 2 hrs! Make sure to buy a ticket for the aquatic show. We thought it was included in the Shedd Pass. It is not.
  • Tracy H.
    Tracy HixonMarch 4, 2016
    Though I miss the old style displays, the redesign is more informative. Always fun to see the fish in the main tank getting fed by the diver
  • Daniel.MD
    Daniel.MDMarch 25, 2013
    The waiting line on monday morning was huge! Temp was on the low 30's. Getting the city pass was awesome 'cause we skipped the line and didn't waste at least 1hr !
  • Mark H.
    Mark HOctober 10, 2011
    Got here at 9.30am on a beautiful Saturdy morning n there were no lines! Hurray! $3 off tics with ur student ID. This place is nice but I think overhyped. View from restaurant's patio is amazing.
  • Alexandra F.
    Alexandra Faught BivinsSeptember 30, 2013
    Visited on Saturday and had a great time. Upgraded from the general admission so that we could see the whales and dolphins. My kids had a great time!
  • Chauderz
    ChauderzMarch 11, 2014
    Come early (before Noon) especially on the weekends, otherwise you'll be waiting in line for a while! Also, use the Soldier Field parking lot. ;)
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PerkinsSeptember 24, 2013
    Don't miss the view outside the aquarium! Some of the best photos I took were there, looking across the lake to the marina and the cityline.
  • Anna S.
    Anna StumpfApril 11, 2016
    Although we arrived 30 minutes prior to opening and in the first 50 through the door the aquatic shows were sold out. People pre-purchase w/tix online which is nice for them, not if you have City Pass
  • Megan K.
    Megan KroneFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy a membership. You have unlimited visits for you AND a guest, plus discounts and sometimes special events! Plus, Jazzing at the Shedd in the summer is delightful.
  • Mark
    MarkApril 19, 2016
    Love this museum. Animals are always well cared for and seem happy. Lots to do with kids and easy to see in a day.
  • Sweta M.
    Sweta MohapatraFebruary 26
    Excellent for kids. The oceanarium is one of the best parts with the dolphin, penguins, and otters - it costs a lot more though
  • Terry T.
    Terry TroskeSeptember 3, 2013
    We spent seven hours here and only went home simply because they were closing. The entire experience was awesome as well as the food!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    My three year old was fascinated by the Jellies Exhibit—one of many engaging displays—at the Shedd in Chicago. What a joyful moment, capturing the wonder of a young mind. Read more
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammJanuary 2, 2014
    If you're just there for a couple hours, the unlisted $8 General Admission gets you into several exhibits, but if you're making a day of it, you'll want the more expensive pass.
  • Phillip R.
    Phillip ROctober 5, 2013
    Waiting in line will give you ample opportunity to consider exactly how ineffective the admissions process is. Don't believe the blue shirts, jump in the shortest line and feign confusion if they ask.
  • Olli K.
    Olli KMarch 23, 2015
    Saying this place is amazing is an understatement. Great tourist spot but expect it to be a little $$. Great for all ages
  • Kim S.
    Kim SolvesonJanuary 30, 2016
    Shedd Aquarium is the world's largest aquarium. the dolphins and sharks are too amazing and cool . It is a outstanding view
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WFebruary 20, 2013
    Check out the special adventure options at the Shedd! The penguin encounter one was a great value and a wonderful time!
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydSeptember 17, 2012
    Spend the extra money. See the penguins. This should require no additional explanation... but in case you didn't know, it's fun to watch them on land and as they "fly" underwater.
  • Leland B.
    Leland BrewsterApril 17, 2015
    Beautiful aquarium but beware the long lines on weekends. Pre-purchase your tickets or be prepared to wait 30+ minutes to get in!
  • M.D
    M.DJune 23, 2012
    Sit outside for lunch. Beautiful view of the city and the lake. Avoid the free days for illinois residents. (way to crowded)
  • Peter M.
    Peter MartinDecember 2, 2011
    If you're a family of 4 and plan on visiting at least twice in a year then you might save some cash buying a yearly membership. Plus good perks
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SullivanFebruary 16, 2013
    The smaller tanks are divided up like trinket stores in a big mall. They are cramped and poorly navigable. That said, the jellyfish, whale/dolphin, and tropical exhibits are exciting and fun.
  • Kim Z.
    Kim ZimmermanJuly 14, 2015
    The aquarium is clean with large viewing areas. Getting there early meant short lines and easy access to the aquariums.
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MatelaJune 3, 2013
    Absolutely love the Shedd Aquarium. Wish it wasn't so expensive cause otherwise I'd go every weekend!
  • Mariana P.
    Mariana PantalenaAugust 7, 2016
    Nice place to take the kids. Normal aquarium, nice to see the beluga whales.They do important work rescuing and helping animals.
  • Achal V.
    Achal VarmaMarch 19, 2013
    You need to purchase an all-day, all-access pass for $34.95, or pay $20 to enter the special exhibits and then pay extra to watch specific shows/exhibits such as the Belugas. The G.A. ticket costs $8.
  • SPIN
    SPINJuly 22, 2011
    Pete Wentz of Black Cards loves this aquarium turned skate park because you can see the dolphins swimming at night. They have penguins, whales, and sharks too!
  • Shomari S.
    Shomari SmithMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you want to come to the aquarium and bring that special someone, do so after 1pm. Most of the groups are gone & you can see everything!
  • Mike B.
    Mike BlackleyJanuary 18, 2015
    Fantastic day at the aquarium, I would skip the 4D show next time but the aquatics show was superb!
  • Natalie N.
    Natalie NoblittJune 13, 2013
    Skip aquatic show and the 4D experience. Both were a big letdown. Aquatic show involves very little about the marine animals. Also, no companion spots for accessible seating so you can't really see.
  • Ted M.
    Ted MNovember 24, 2013
    A better value than the planetarium (and i was an astronomy major), more to see here and do. Recommended!
  • Alex D.
    Alex DewittAugust 20, 2013
    Glub Glub. Lots to see although we had to miss half of our aquatic show because the front desk lady scheduled our shows 1030/11.
  • Brian H.
    Brian HernalsteenFebruary 17, 2012
    If you become a member, you get to take home a penguin. Also, you get to ride the sharks. With an underwater jetpack.
  • InterContinental Chicago
    InterContinental ChicagoSeptember 8, 2011
    The thing that sets Shedd apart is its inland salt water tank, the largest in North America. It's a unique chance to learn about the varied ecosystems in the surrounding great lakes.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydSeptember 17, 2012
    Check out the Giant Japanese Spider Crab in the oceans section on the main floor. Largest species of crab in the world.
  • Jarrett P.
    Jarrett PaytonMarch 16, 2013
    Spend your money on the aquatic show and not the jellies exhibit. My son is almost 1 and he had a blast!
  • Mauricio R.
    Mauricio RotaNovember 5, 2014
    incredible aquarium, the jellyfishes and the reef was amazing
  • Carlos T.
    Carlos TorresOctober 15, 2012
    On free general admission days be prepared to still pay if u want to see the wild reef and other events. General admission exhibits are ok.
  • Rose D.
    Rose DavisJuly 18, 2013
    Definitely check out Jazzin at the Shedd on Wednesday nights! Fewer crowds than during normal hours, booze and great music.
  • Valerie
    ValerieSeptember 15, 2014
    The $8 general admission is not advertised but gets you into the exhibits in the main building, if you don't need to see the special exhibits.
  • Kenny D.
    Kenny DallmeyerAugust 11, 2011
    Jazzin at the Shedd during the summer is fun. Sit outside and bring a picnic for free or mingle with the hip people inside.
  • Shedd Aquarium
    Shedd AquariumMay 20, 2010
    Make sure to visit Granddad, our Australian lungfish! Full-grown when he arrived for the 1933 Worlds Fair, he is at least 80 and possibly much older. Not only the oldest resident at Shedd, Granddad ha Read more
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinAugust 13, 2014
    The Coral Reef is one of the coolest parts of the aquarium. Worth the extra charge!
  • Felix I B.
    Felix I BobadillaApril 3, 2013
    If you get here with a Citypass ask about the tickets for the 4D theater and the show, they don't give enough information by themselves.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca M.May 22, 2012
    Get the Chicago CityPass if going to other attractions too. Lets you skip the line, which was ridiculous when we went.
  • Blake W.
    Blake WoodSeptember 23, 2012
    9am on gameday is a GREAT time to visit, the place feels empty! Parking does get more expensive on game day though :(
  • Sandi A.
    Sandi AndersonApril 11, 2015
    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?
  • Beth W.
    Beth WongAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy a ticket online and avoid the lines. If you get there at opening, easier to zip through exhibits and you can park in the small close lot.
  • Julia S.
    Julia StylesOctober 11, 2011
    Go see the jellies! Jazzin' at the Shedd is a lot of fun, but the food isn't great. Make dinner reservations somewhere else, and just get drinks at the Shedd.
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JenkinsDecember 24, 2014
    Get to the aquatic show early. This is the place fills up 10+ minutes before it starts
  • Green is Universal
    Green is UniversalNovember 11, 2011
    The aquarium grows some of it's own food 2 protect against unsustainable fishing practices. For more green tips & to build ur Green Scene,download Green Square–available 4 iPhone & Android!
  • Brianna G.
    Brianna GoenApril 11, 2013
    The "chats" during the day are a fun and free way to learn more about the exhibits! Check them out!
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityMarch 29, 2011
    Shedd is home to Nunavik, a Beluga that’s just one year old. The name is an Inuit word that means “friendly, beautiful and wild.”
  • Andraya T.
    Andraya ThompsonMarch 24, 2012
    Make sure to prepurchase tickets or a city pass. Waiting inside is better than outside for a full city block!
  • Federica R.
    Federica RossiOctober 17, 2013
    Probably the most beautiful in the world.. But get in at least 3 hours before the closing (5pm)!
  • John K.
    John KiddeApril 4, 2016
    Great aquarium with plenty to do and see for the entire family.
  • Crystal H.
    Crystal HJune 10, 2013
    Call before going! They were having a "gala event" when I went, and closed at 2:00pm. My friend said the same thing happened to her when she went a few months before me.
  • Emily M.
    Emily MitchellJuly 18, 2013
    So much fun! Go see the jellies exhibit before its gone! It's awesome! I love wild reef! Great picture oppurtunity's!
  • Kendra T.
    Kendra TorresJuly 15, 2012
    Get a free background when you check in. I would have loves a colorful background Jellie instead but this is pretty nice
  • Zach I.
    Zach IsenmannMarch 1, 2014
    Buy the express pass for an extra $10, it will save you an hour in line easily!
  • Misha M.
    Good place to spend time with your family. Very interesting to see different types of fish.
  • Miss K.
    Miss KJuly 1, 2014
    Get there early in the summer. After 11 it gets packed camp kids & large groups
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PerkinsSeptember 24, 2013
    They have a penguin exhibit in the polar area!!! The whole place was awesome for me.
  • Bing
    BingMarch 9, 2012
    Wild fish and exotic reptiles live here, but these are the ones making a splash:
  • Kristin
    KristinSeptember 3, 2012
    Aquatic show was awful! Very surprised that the incredible Shedd couldn't deliver. Confirm what you will see before you buy that add-on.. Plan to wait in line. Stroller line is shorter. City pass FTW
  • Pathik B.
    Pathik BhattJuly 18, 2013
    Come watch the navy pier fireworks from the aquarium lawn, less crowd and beautiful view of the skyline
  • Damon S.
    Massive and well appointed aquarium. Budget at least four hours
  • Nam H.
    Nam HoangJuly 29, 2013
    On weekends Go early to avoid lines and book shows.
  • Valerie W.
    Valerie WaltmanJuly 7, 2013
    It is definitely worth buying the City Pass if you are spending a few days in Chicago.
  • Chloe R.
    Chloe RosenJune 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    When its raining or when its super hot outside, there will generally be a long line. Be warned now. If you have small kids with you. Bring something to entertain them.
  • Duncan P.
    Duncan PJSeptember 2, 2014
    The lines in summer are bad unless your smart and buy a ticket in advance
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HildebranApril 10, 2013
    Definitely check out the quick 4D experience... Complete with wind, water, and "snow". Also, go through the week, not very busy at all.
  • jennah
    jennahDecember 25, 2011
    The jellyfish exhibit is breathtaking. The zen-like nature of these unique creatures is mind-blowing.
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
    Did you know approximately 2 million guests visit the Shedd Aquarium each year? With more than 220,000 animals, it's no wonder!
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AggenMarch 31, 2014
    Containing over 25,000 fish, it was at one point the largest aquarium in the world.
  • Victoria E.
    Victoria ElizabethOctober 13, 2012
    Great place to spend the day! I love bringing my nephew here!
  • David G.
    David GerechtJuly 7, 2013
    Lines to buy tickets are always crazy long, either get here before 9 or buy online.
  • Angie D.
    Angie DDecember 28, 2011
    If you're going to more than one museum, get a city pass. Even if it's a few dollars more, you'll save hours of waiting in line.
  • Bobbi F.
    Bobbi FosterMarch 10, 2012
    Buying ahead is only slightly advantageous on busy days. Being a member is the best bang for the buck.
  • Carl J.
    Carl JohnsonJuly 25, 2010
    The unadvertised general admission price is $8.00. Don't fall for the deceptive pricing on the sign if you don't care about the special stuff. Ask for the $8 rate. Boo Shedd! Gouging almost everyone.
  • Dan. M.
    Dan. MastrettaFebruary 1, 2012
    The Otters are the cutest and also the most active, say hi to them from me.
  • Roosevelt Collection
    Roosevelt CollectionOctober 31, 2011
    Fun fact: More than 25,000 fish live here! Visit the newest permanent exhibit, Wild Reef to see live coral, sharks and rays!
  • Amanda W.
    Amanda WhitneyAugust 21, 2016
    Jazzin at Shedd is something I look forward to every year. Great views of the Navy Nier fireworks!!
  • Reggie L.
    Reggie LyonsAugust 3, 2013
    Got kids & a stroller? Use the stroller accessible entrance by the "man with the fish." The line is much shorter!
  • Wired
    WiredAugust 23, 2012
    It contains 2,100 species of fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects.
  • Rob V.
    Rob VernonDecember 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to check out all the free expert talks they have scheduled throughout the day!
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanMarch 18, 2016
    Buy your ticket online and pick them up at will call to avoid longass lines.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PepplerSeptember 18, 2014
    The unlisted $8 ticket is good for about 2 hours of walking around. That's a good deal
  • Araceli A.
    Araceli ArroyoFebruary 4, 2012
    My favorite place, visit teh big tank in the middle for wide variety of aqua friends.
  • Dave K.
    Dave KaufmanJune 26, 2012
    If you get lucky and have Diver Al in the Caribbean Reef, he's the best.
  • Brittney B.
    Brittney BSeptember 12, 2012
    My son loved this aquarium. It was his first time here. And I can say we will be back.
  • Nicole G.
    Nicole GenawMarch 1, 2013
    The Jellies were my fav - worth adding on -- screw the show it sucked
  • Adam R.
    Adam R.September 20, 2014
    Great aquarium. Park near Adler, it's the cheapest lot.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MartinAugust 8, 2013
    Go early or pay for the Citypass. Got there at 11 on a Thursday and waited for 1 hour to get in.
  • Ricardo L.
    Ricardo LucianoFebruary 6, 2015
    Excellent aquarium, choose the CityPass, great deal!!!
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    Sharks, shmarks. OK, Shedd’s sharks are cool, but don’t miss the Amazon Rising exhibit, a trip to the rain forest with rain, sloths, anacondas, piranhas and stingrays.Powered by Read more
  • Molly G.
    Molly GalmoreMay 8, 2012
    I love love love this place. Just go early to avoid long lines.
  • Tracy
    TracyJanuary 21, 2013
    It was free today!!! Very crowded but in spite of the crowd we had fun. J said we are at Nemos house!
  • michelle j.
    michelle jimenezSeptember 3, 2015
    In the summer look out for jazzin at the shedd! Adult fun!
  • Laura N.
    Laura NowakApril 18, 2012
    Call ahead to see if schools are coming so you're not bombarded by kids and can enjoy it.
  • Jon S.
    Jon ShecketJuly 28, 2013
    Use the accessible entrance. It's open to everyone and the line is waaaay shorter.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HAugust 25, 2012
    There HAS to be a more efficient way of getting ppl in this bldg. We just waited an HOUR to get a ticket OUTSIDE in the 100-degree heat. If you have small children or health conditions, come in winter
  • beautifulkelli
    beautifulkelliAugust 1, 2013
    The North Patio is fabulous with the sun setting behind the skyline view!!
  • Cooper S.
    Cooper SmithJune 29, 2013
    Buy your ticket the day before online (boooo ticketmaster fees) to avoid waiting in this hour+ long line
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiSeptember 9, 2015
    Great views around the shedd. It's one of the best aquariums in the US
  • Thao P.
    Thao PhamDecember 4, 2015
    Great place - The daily pass won't include shows. 30$-80$ per ticket
  • Laurassein
    LaurasseinJanuary 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Wednesdays and Thursdays are the most frequent school field-trip days, so try a Monday?
  • Michelle
    MichelleSeptember 1, 2012
    Get there before noon or you'll be waiting about an hour to get in!
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon H.April 5, 2012
    The dolphin show was A LOT better before they turned it into Fantasea. It was so much nicer to watch the dolphins with the lake in background.
  • Andre S.
    Andre Saikai GomesDecember 18, 2014
    Great shows.. The dolphins are so cute.. You need to see all the shows.. Best ever
  • Kirstjen L.
    Not sure why this happens, but whenever I visit the Shedd, I feel like I did some kind of meditation. What is this calm that comes over me from fish??
  • Valarie S.
    Valarie SmithAugust 26, 2012
    This is the best place to watch the Saturday night fireworks in the summer. Not too crowded!
  • Patricia G.
    Get the full experience package to really enjoy your day!
  • A. V.
    A. VilcinMay 7, 2011
    Teachers enter free! But you have to apply online in advance for your ticket. May just be for IL teachers. Not sure.
  • Joseph G.
    Joseph GOctober 11, 2015
    Dolphins were blocked off for the newborn. Was a nice aquarium, may be biased but the Camden aquarium is nicer.
  • Veronika
    VeronikaOctober 30, 2015
    Well, the aquarium in Dubai impressed me more, but this one is also nice. I wish the shows would be more interesting.
  • James K.
    James KohlerJuly 26, 2013
    Buy your tickets ahead of time, better yet become a member.
  • Chris O.
    Chris OMarch 25, 2015
    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.
  • CMP
    CMPApril 5, 2013
    Did the dolphin show and thé jellies... Loved em' both. Amazing place...will return.
  • Shedd Aquarium
    Shedd AquariumDecember 30, 2009
    Shedd recommends arriving early to beat the rush. You can find discounts at or by following us on Twitter and Facebook. We welcome feedback. Thanks! Jay Gen Read more
  • Todor K.
    Todor KrecuJanuary 1, 2012
    Check out the list of Discount Days and buy tickets online to save time.
  • Laura G.
    Laura GamboaDecember 23, 2014
    Sea otters and belugas. One of the biggest aquariums I've ever seen in the US
  • Irina K.
    Irina KruchininaJuly 26, 2013
    1 hour of waiting in a line, even on business day. But it's worth it :)
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuAugust 9, 2015
    A la carte pricing for the good stuff: otters, whales, and dolphins 🐶🐋🐬💰
  • Laurie R.
    Laurie RamirezJune 9, 2016
    Everything got to see a lot of different things awesome
  • Sheptorious
    SheptoriousFebruary 24, 2011
    I'm in love with the seahorses. I'm in love with them... they're so beautiful and cute.
  • Adam L.
    Adam LaskoJuly 3, 2013
    If you have a 3DS then bring it! Tons of street passes to collect!
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GriffinNovember 28, 2012
    One of my favorite things to do in Chicago -- take the water taxi to/from Navy Pier!
  • Jane B.
    Jane BlosseyJune 25, 2011
    The show could be either dolphins or the beluga whales. Be prepared to not always see what you want.
  • Rob B.
    Rob BuscemiMay 13, 2013
    make sure to check out the Penguins, I could watch them for hours
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergMarch 10, 2012
    I just love the whole Museum Campus area. Gorgeous views and stuff to do.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezJuly 12, 2014
    If the line is past the steps and by the hot dog stand, it will take over 2 hours. Be warned.
  • Brad H.
    Brad HobackMarch 21, 2011
    If you have a City Pass, don't wait in the long line...go to the short City Pass line on the far left. The main line was out the door & down the steps, but there were only 4 in the City Pass line.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJune 20, 2013
    The Shedd Aquarium is home to almost everything aquatic. The dolphin shows are fan favorites.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockNovember 8, 2013
    Standing in line on Sunday on a cold windy day put me in a bad mood on entering. Tour pricing is far to high with average at best exhibits.
  • Jennifer🍷🍸 M.
    get there early. and if you have a stroller, you can skip the line and go to the handicap entrance.
  • Jose P.
    Jose PososAugust 17, 2014
    If you are buying anything the gift stores in the aquarium use the word "penguin" to get a discount.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtMay 28, 2015
    The penguins are very funny and the beluga whales are cool!
  • Tim P.
    Tim PlatschorreJune 9, 2013
    Pay attention to what your ticket includes. General admission doesn't include the sharks! Booo!
  • Antonio B.
    During summer season jazz at the shed is a hot spot
  • Eric T.
    Eric TsaiOctober 1, 2016
    We had the city pass but we still had to wait over 30 minutes on the will call line on a Friday. The line wasn't that long, the ticket desk was just that slow
  • Josh R.
    Josh ReynoldsSeptember 20, 2014
    Best value in Chicago. $8.00 for a day in Millennium Park
  • Trevor J.
    Trevor JohnFebruary 24, 2013
    Make sure you check out the sea otters near the auditorium.
  • Manda
    MandaApril 25, 2013
    Don't fall for the expensive Express Pass give it a little while and they'll take you to the handicap accessible entrance
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰April 29, 2014
    Get ready for screaming kids while you look into the sad eyes of the octopus. They'll try to upsell you on everything, not worth it.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BoucMarch 23, 2013
    The beluga whales are so cute. Go for the feelings!
  • Carli G.
    Carli GarnettAugust 9, 2013
    Fantastic 4D movie Pole to Pole. Such a great place for kids!!
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RApril 9, 2013
    Great place. Sign up for Chicago City Pass, skip LONG lines, get a great value!
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LittleJuly 28, 2011
    Getting a city pass is worth it to avoid the 2 hr long line to get in.
  • Sara
    SaraAugust 26, 2012
    If you go to the Shedd and don't see the aquatic show you have missed the best part of the aquarium
  • Benjamin C.
    Benjamin CohenMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The skyline views are as almost as good as the belugas.
  • Jacquelyn V.
    Jacquelyn VJune 28, 2013
    MUST stop by and touch a stingray!
  • Mandalyn R.
    Mandalyn RenickerFebruary 12, 2015
    Be sure to check the free admission days for IL residents!
  • H2O L.
    H2O LIMOSApril 6, 2013
    Book tickets online. Little more expensive but saves time
  • Tracy
    TracyJuly 11, 2013
    Three bands throughout the bldg, access to the special exhibits and better food this year!
  • Saran
    SaranMarch 1, 2015
    Great place! Lots to learn about underwater life :)
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AquinoAugust 4, 2011
    Go early to get good metered parking. Also, way less crowded at 9:00! Teachers, you have to get your pass online now.
  • Steve T.
    Steve TalbottMarch 28, 2011
    If you are headed to the Shedd on Saturday...get there early. Take it from this guy with the upset kids.
  • Shawn W.
    Shawn WilliamsFebruary 1, 2010
    Fun place to go on a Saturday or Sunday. The new show isn't as great as the old show, but still fun to watch.
  • Mara K.
    Mara KJuly 23, 2014
    Watch the aquatic show from below by hanging out by the windows next to the petting zoo.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimJuly 8, 2013
    Huge lines on the weekend. Not really worth it. If you have any experience with Californian aquariums or Sea World, this doesn't match up at all. Save your money and time.
  • Brett G.
    Brett GerlichSeptember 22, 2012
    Don't eat at the food court. Cold, over-priced food and the employees are very unhappy. Other than that, this place is freakin' awesome!
  • Raghul M.
    Raghul ManoharanSeptember 10, 2014
    The dolphin & whale show. You also get to see an anaconda
  • Daniela D.
    Daniela DBOctober 13, 2014
    Watch the shows! Pay the extra bucks... It'sworth it!
  • LaToya D.
    LaToya DupreeOctober 31, 2011
    The live show is the best part of the aquarium. Nice outing for the kiddies.
  • Katie L.
    Katie L.February 17, 2014
    Free days are great, but be prepared to stand in line to get in-OUTSIDE!
  • Jill
    JillJanuary 16, 2012
    If you go on free days, get there before it opens - wait isn't so bad!!!
  • Kendra T.
    Kendra TorresJuly 15, 2012
    Really cool stuff but don't pay for the express pass not worth it.
  • David H.
    David HsuSeptember 3, 2011
    For weekend trips, buy tickets online to skip the long lines just to enter.
  • Knick B.
    Knick BanasDecember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Spring the extra 3 bucks for the Jellies. Worth it.
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicMay 17, 2012
    This is awesome! Don't miss the Jelly Fish exhibition.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KunesDecember 29, 2011
    Long line outside? Buy a membership and the line for that is usually shorter.
  • C B.
    C BAugust 26, 2014
    Bring change lock up your coat in the lockers.
  • David
    DavidAugust 24, 2014
    The best aquarium I have seen so far.
  • Monica D.
    Monica DonovanApril 11, 2016
    Buy your tickets in advance online and save waiting time.
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CrowderJuly 31, 2011
    If time is precious to you... get a city pass!!! Waited in line for over and hour only to get to the front door and be told there was a 30 minute wait because they had reached capacity.. oh well.
  • Sue G.
    Sue G.March 27, 2010
    Don't miss the Reef; I also loved the sea dragons and moon jellies. Fantasea was abysmal. Read more
  • sama_rama
    sama_ramaAugust 2, 2014
    Pet the jellyfish! Best part of the aquarium.
  • Coness
    ConessOctober 19, 2012
    OMG....lines are soooooo long to get a ticket! Get here early!!!.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SMarch 4, 2016
    Get in early to avoid crowds.
  • Jessie
    JessieOctober 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the 2 month old baby beluga in the underwater viewing area!
  • Kristen D.
    Kristen DoveAugust 28, 2014
    Jazzin' at the Shedd is the best time to visit the aquarium!
  • Kyla L.
    Kyla LynnSeptember 30, 2012
    Go when they open at 9 and get super cheap street parking!
  • Danial M.
    Danial M.HassanAugust 23, 2015
    Try to get pass so you can skip the line and get in faster.
  • Jack N.
    Jack NevinSeptember 7, 2014
    The worlds largest aquarium! Awe inspiring.. Breathtaking!!!
  • Cris B.
    Cris BleauxApril 3, 2012
    free days can be a bit crazy- but worth the price
  • Mahendra Y.
    Mahendra YahyaSeptember 25, 2016
    Try the Beef Steak Sandwich (via @Foodspotting)
  • Danny G.
    Danny GarciaJuly 30, 2015
    The stingray exhibit is wonderful!
  • Patrick J.
    Patrick JacksOctober 18, 2012
    For adults: Skip the food and the 4D experience. Everything else is awesome!
  • Dave W.
    Dave WiemeMarch 10, 2013
    Happy we have the family pass....lots of things available at the Aquarium!!
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CAugust 2
    Cool view of the city outside the building.
  • Sandi S.
    Sandi SeatonJuly 21, 2013
    CityPass lets you skip the long queue and go straight to Will Call.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieOctober 8, 2012
    sooo cool!! loved the king crab & little sea horses ^.^
  • Paula A.
    Paula AOctober 11, 2011
    Spend some time with the cute Beluga whales, they're cute and funny.
  • Rich D.
    Rich DriscollOctober 8, 2011
    Buy tickets online ahead of time and you will spare yourself a two hour wait... No lie
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittFebruary 6, 2015
    I don't know anything about fish, but this place is amazing!
  • James Q.
    James QuickJuly 17, 2012
    Great place if you like fish. Had to take kids there.
  • Everyday
    EverydayJune 15, 2014
    Great many museums, buy food elsewhere...everything is overpriced.
  • John G.
    John GallagherMarch 23, 2013
    Protip: buy online, skip the huge line outside
  • Dan G.
    Dan GakenDecember 31, 2011
    Think you might come back? Buy the membership, it pays for itself and helps a great cause!
  • James B.
    James BrentApril 12, 2013
    Want free general admission? Just enter through the gift shop. They don't monitor it.
  • Joyce D.
    Joyce DurigaNovember 25, 2011
    They give a very nice discount to active military. Thanks Shedd!
  • Tim R.
    Tim RoesslerMarch 27, 2011
    Gets tickets online, at a hotel, or buy membership to avoid crazy long line
  • Rae
    RaeJuly 23, 2013
    We paid an extra $10 each and skipped the long line-totally worth it.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoptonDecember 2, 2011
    If you're a student you can get discounted entry!
  • Christelle S.
    Christelle SaintisSeptember 19, 2012
    They have a baby beluga whale that was recently born! So cute!
  • Beshayer A.
    Try the 4D show it's awesome
  • Jay G.
    Jay GeneskeDecember 30, 2009
    work here, but it's still the best place to get close to amazing animals. check out lion fish in wild reef. so foppish!
  • Laura Harvey S.
    Laura Harvey StoutFebruary 20, 2011
    Free days are awesome, and loved the story about saving the sea turtle
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BaconSeptember 22, 2015
    Expensive stop but perfect with kids and extreme weather
  • Mahendra Y.
    Mahendra YahyaSeptember 25, 2016
    Try the cheese pizza (via @Foodspotting)
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NewmanAugust 29, 2014
    Jellies! Pet a Sting Ray! Awesome....
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoOctober 21, 2012
    The invasive Asian Carp is on display! That is one ugly fish!
  • Daniel V.
    Very nice‼️
  • Paula D.
    Paula DaviesJuly 8, 2010
    I'd suggest getting a Chicago Go Card or City Pass just to skip the lines... they are freakin' insane! Honestly, wasn't that impressed... there are just too many people crowded in there to enjoy it.
  • Paul V.
    Paul VannesFebruary 18, 2012
    Get a family membership it is so worth the money.
  • G S.
    G ShiauApril 7, 2013
    Don't come here with toddlers. The Nazis wouldn't let me use the food court without a purchase. No outside food. Yes they have an alternative lunch room but it's six miles away. F### them.
  • Ron H.
    Ron HubersApril 2, 2013
    Don't come in the morning. 90 minute wait in 35 degree wind.
  • Candice T.
    Candice TanDecember 2, 2015
    For a two year old, General admission is sufficient!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CDecember 12, 2015
    Fantastic Aquarium experience
  • John K.
    John KellerFebruary 9, 2012
    Best fresh sushi in the city !
  • R!n@ v.
    R!n@ v@Ld3Rr@M@March 6, 2013
    Good place for yur family:) to enjoy
  • Penny S.
    Penny SJanuary 15, 2013
    Free days are crowded, bring your patience and a cattle prod.
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah VelascoNovember 12, 2012
    Check online for their free admission days!
  • Harriet B.
    Harriet BSeptember 11, 2014
    I love how it overlooks the lakefront
  • jaimie lee m.
    jaimie lee melkaApril 7, 2010
    Go on a weekday.If you live in Chicago, stop at one of their libraries-they usually have a free pass you can borrow.
  • Daniel V.
    Recomendable buy the tickets on line
  • Jin hong K.
    Jin hong KimMarch 5, 2011
    Citypass! Don't wait in the main line! Go inside for citypass line!
  • Jared P.
    Jared PNovember 17, 2012
    We got in for free, but didn't have time to take it all in. Not bad.
  • Elizahyde
    ElizahydeSeptember 1, 2013
    Get a membership and skip the huge line!
  • Dragana
    DraganaAugust 20, 2012
    Dolphins are practically impossible to see if you haven't paid for the show.
  • Mahendra Y.
    Mahendra YahyaSeptember 25, 2016
    Try the Ultimate Nachos (via @Foodspotting)
  • Алена В.
    Алена ВинникDecember 7, 2015
    Well, for 8$ u'll receive enough fishes in tanks. But in general nothing special.
  • Shedd Aquarium
    Shedd AquariumSeptember 7, 2011
    Visit our Goliath bird-eating tarantula in Amazon Rising to find out how it catches its prey. Read more
  • sam
    samJuly 26, 2012
    Apparently seahorses sleep in a pile, check em out after hours at Jazzin!
  • Jason
    JasonJune 22, 2015
    Budget lots of time here. At least 1 full day.
  • David M.
    David MillerDecember 8, 2011
    Check out the Dolphin show, skip the Jellies.
  • Stephon G.
    Stephon GilderMarch 17, 2015
    Such a cool fish museum!
  • Nicole R.
    Nicole RaslichMarch 23, 2013
    The new Jellies exhibit is really cool!
  • Kim Z.
    Kim ZAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't listen to the haters. I think Fantasea is a great show!
  • James C.
    James CAugust 22, 2014
    Nice aquarium but you need to get the upgrades or it's very small.
  • Sebastian G.
    Sebastian GarciaSeptember 14, 2014
    Best aquarium ever seen!
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydSeptember 16, 2012
    Whatever you do, buy your tickets in advance online.
  • Daniel D.
    Daniel Di TomasoAugust 30, 2014
    There's a 8$ general admission option. Fyi
  • thestackscat
    thestackscatAugust 8, 2011
    There is so much to do! Need a whole day to see everything Read more
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle RobinsonMay 17, 2014
    I guess there is no shark tank where you can touch the sharks
  • Alicia
    AliciaDecember 28, 2011
    Don't bother buying your ticket ahead of time the will call line is just as long as the regular
  • Bonnie H.
    Bonnie HAugust 25, 2013
    The Stingray touch is awesome!
  • Chriss Jeremy S.
    Most of us are here for our kids. Don't be rude, we ALL waited in line, we ALL need to see. Be patient. Be kind. Don't push. Don't be rude. & please NEVER move the stroller of a mother of twins. Rlly?
  • Emily P.
    Emily ParkOctober 25, 2010
    Check them out on their free days, but be ready to stand in a long line!
  • Jody W.
    Jody WasbroMarch 18, 2014
    The 4D movie was short but great!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SiskOctober 19, 2011
    Rude workers. Stinks compared to a few years ago. Make sure to get the premium pass or you have to pay extra for every fish you see!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HernandezJuly 4, 2010
    I have a saltwater tank but this place might have a leg up on mine :) Baby beluga whale, Mickey, is cute.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WellmanDecember 29, 2015
  • Dennis L.
    Dennis LApril 6, 2014
    Long line to get in. Very long. Well over an hour...and they close at 6pm.
  • Thomas H.
    Thomas HamrickSeptember 27, 2013
    A very nice aquarium with a very rude ticket lady
  • Benjamin M.
    Benjamin MorganMarch 10, 2010
    One of my favorite places to be touristy in my home city! There's always something to engage my curiosity.
  • Victoria D.
    Victoria DudaJuly 9, 2011
    4D experience is cute - expect the unexpected! :D
  • S A.
    S AApril 6, 2013
    Shomari is very friendly and helpful
  • Gray H.
    Gray HouserAugust 6, 2014
    Touch the sting rays, it's very interesting!
  • Terrass M.
    Terrass MisherJune 3, 2015
    Pay the extra $ and go see the penguins
  • Lucy W.
    Lucy WenJune 11, 2015
    Great view in the dining area
  • Caroline K.
    Caroline KFebruary 17, 2013
    The line is do long but it's worth it
  • Liss D.
    Liss DickersonJuly 20, 2011
    Don't bother with the aquatic show...go see the dolphin show at the Brookfield Zoo instead
  • AmberRose T.
    AmberRose TVDecember 24, 2011
    Get here early for the aquatic shows.
  • Tracy H.
    Tracy HitchinsJuly 18, 2010
    If you are an educator bring your teacher ID card...teachers get in free!
  • Hilmar
    HilmarSeptember 16, 2014
  • Bre B.
    Bre BreJuly 25, 2011
    One of the best places for family fun!
  • Katie L.
    Katie L.January 15, 2012
    Be prepared to stand in line outdoors for at least 30 minutes!
  • Olivia G.
    Olivia GadabuMarch 29, 2013
    Amazing place and great food
  • Rob D.
    Rob DaBoomFebruary 10, 2012
    Great place to "swim with the fishes"
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy MarquezDecember 29, 2010
    If you're here visiting, buy a city-pass to save money AND time - you get to pass the ridiculous lines!
  • Brent G.
    Brent GatewoodAugust 10, 2014
    Fun place to spend with the family.
  • Terra G.
    Terra GattiSeptember 2, 2011
    A valid military ID saves you $28 dollars off any ticket.
  • Neo
    NeoJanuary 25, 2015
    Don't miss the Beluga !!
  • Cassandra D.
    Cassandra DixonDecember 22, 2015
    I absolutely love you Shedd Aquarium! Check out Freebie today!
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 11, 2014
    An aquarium like no other. With penguins!!!
  • Kristin W.
    Kristin WhitakerJune 14, 2011
    Get here early for community days. Holy line from hell batman.
  • Burdean O.
    Burdean OliversonJune 12, 2013
    Get the go pass. Explorer not City. Saves major money!
  • Erika
    ErikaMay 24, 2015
    The best aquarium!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SearlOctober 25, 2010
    Don't miss the Beluga Whales and "Granddad" who has been here since 1933.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArchibaldJune 25, 2012
    It's TOO hot inside! Too parents that don't make their children behave. The staff is TOO controlling of their guests!
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!July 23, 2015
  • João Luiz V.
    João Luiz VieiraNovember 29, 2012
    The jellies are very interesting.
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
    Free Museum Days - Best Free Activities according to
  • Nadia M.
    Nadia MAugust 16, 2014
    "I waited in line at the Shedd Aquarium." <-- T-shirt idea
  • Amelia M.
    Amelia MooreMarch 8, 2013
    They do NOT accept the CITYpass 10% off in the gift shop.
    mayhem.oneJune 13, 2011
    The Jellies exhibit is not that big.
  • Holly
    HollyFebruary 22, 2015
    Get there early!
  • Tang M.
    Tang McTangMay 7, 2011
    Members can cut in line. Sweet! Cause yeah, that's quite a line.
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly CannonSeptember 3, 2010
    The "dolphin show" (Fantasea) is really just a cheesy silent play where animals are intermittently irritated. Not worth $2.
  • CouponTrade
    CouponTradeAugust 3, 2011
    Look for the monkeys. Yes, there are monkeys at the Shedd Aquarium!
  • Michael B.
    Michael B.June 26, 2012
    This is a nice place 2 look @ fish.
  • Debora D.
    Debora Do CarmoApril 14, 2015
    Nice place to kids
  • Chidu C.
    Chidu ChidambaramAugust 29, 2013
    Lovely skyline view
  • Lindsey B.
    Lindsey BoyerDecember 10, 2011
    Come early to avoid long lines.
  • Julia S.
    Julia StylesMay 25, 2013
    Check out peekaboo, the baby beluga whale.
  • Tracy C.
    Tracy CrystalMarch 3, 2010
    Amazing Aquarium. I love how the tanks are organized by places of the world.
  • Peter D.
    Peter DeMaioJanuary 18, 2012
    The Planet Earth 4D movie was a letdown. Really short and didn't say much...
  • VNessa H.
    VNessa HJanuary 24, 2013
    Penguins are on the bottom floor!
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MandersonFebruary 23, 2014
    It so wonderful to see
  • Ricky V.
    Ricky VazquezAugust 6, 2015
    Do not pay the $40, $8 will do the same job.
  • Yaqoob A.
    Yaqoob AlobaidliNovember 17, 2014
    Super freaking awesome
  • Andy N.
    Andy NealFebruary 18, 2011
    See the "Fantasea" show in the Oceanarium and a 4D movie
  • Kristi V.
    Kristi VollmerNovember 16, 2010
    The 4D shows for the kids are great!
  • Megan
    MeganJuly 6, 2010
    Don't go on a hot sunny day. You'll be standing outside for hours.
  • Ruth
    RuthMarch 24, 2012
    The general admission line is a 2 hour wait!
  • Joseph F.
    Joseph FinnOctober 16, 2010
    Shedd Pass is the best ticket option.
  • matt a.
    matt alexanderOctober 18, 2012
    get a pass from the cpl
  • Claire G.
    Claire GOctober 20, 2013
    Stingray exhibit!
  • Beyzanur V.
    Beyzanur VarlıkJune 12, 2012
    Check out the fish :)
  • Casey G.
    Casey GordonJune 5, 2012
    Don't rush to get there early they over sell their shows. Just don't go.
  • Jenn Y.
    Jenn YglesiasJune 22, 2013
    Awesome shows!
  • Calvin Paul S.
    Calvin Paul ShummonDecember 12, 2014
    A Sailor's View---Awesome......
  • __auii
    __auiiMay 24, 2011
    Otters and penguins are so cute !!
  • Veezworld
    VeezworldJuly 14, 2011
    Gotta see the jellies!
  • Nathan N.
    Nathan NAugust 13, 2011
    Free for Target employees. Bring proof ID, check stub...
  • Debbie S.
    Debbie StamperSeptember 25, 2014
    All of it!
  • neil c.
    neil chazinSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get married here.
  • Bruce
    BruceAugust 13, 2012
    Buy a Go Chicago pass to skip the never ending line up.
  • Ricardo D.
    Ricardo DiazJanuary 29, 2012
    Part of the City Pass.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMay 13, 2011
    Love the jellies!
  • Suhale S.
    Suhale SSeptember 7, 2013
    Show at end not really worth the time.
  • Geoff W.
    Geoff WhiteheadAugust 21, 2012
    Most overrated and overpriced site I have been to in the last decade! Save your time and $$$ by not attending!
  • Peter V.
    Peter VassalloMay 1, 2013
    Jellies exhibit ; )
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HardyJune 22, 2012
    Never come early! 3 and a half hr wait!
  • Cassandra R.
    Cassandra RiceJuly 28, 2013
    Save your money for dolphin show and spend it at Brookfield zoo
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HoegeMarch 16, 2011
    Don't worry.... You'll get in eventually...
  • Carly H.
    Carly HoughtonJanuary 3, 2011
    The holiday dolphin show is an interesting selection.
  • Tim G.
    Tim GJuly 13, 2011
    The line is 30-45 min to get into the building.
  • Joseph F.
    Joseph FinnOctober 16, 2010
    Leave time to stand in line. Usually only 1 slow person selling tickets.
  • Emily H.
    Emily HankinsApril 5, 2012
    Don't buy the $8's boring and not much to do! Spend the extra money and go to the shows!!!
  • ed k.
    ed kuhnerFebruary 19, 2010
    get there early. the afternoon gets busy!
  • Denise
    DeniseJanuary 17, 2013
    The aquatic show wasn't that great. Moves very slow.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HoffmanNovember 21, 2009
    Go to the Shedd Aquarium and see the staff feed the anaconda a frozen rabbit.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CollierDecember 23, 2011
    Don't fall in the water! :)
  • Michael M.
    Michael MianoJuly 16, 2011
    Awesome! Jellies!
  • Kari Z.
    Kari ZamarripaJanuary 22, 2013
  • Mathilda G.
    Mathilda GoldingApril 23, 2013
    Not very impressed... for this to be one of the largest indoor aquariums....
  • Chris H.
    Chris HaidJanuary 8, 2016
    Baby beluga!
  • Brittany F.
    Brittany FDecember 28, 2012
    LONG LINE. Be prepared to wait.
  • John B.
    John BrackenJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Take public transit (146 bus). Much better than sitting in traffic
  • Jill K.
    Jill KraczonNovember 17, 2013
    Avoid this place during a Chicago Bears game. GEESH!!
  • Steve H.
    Steve HundSeptember 9, 2011
    belugas are awesome
  • J R.
    J RApril 9, 2011
    Lines are long but worth.
  • Orlando J.
    Orlando JohnsonNovember 9, 2011
    Touch the Star Fish
  • John B.
    John BongiovanniSeptember 11, 2010
    Super long prepared for it.
  • Enrique O.
    Enrique OrtegaJune 21, 2014
    There is no free wifi
  • Briana G.
    Briana GFebruary 19, 2012
    Jellies! :)
  • Jackee F.
    Jackee F.October 23, 2010
    The dolphin and porpoise show is fun
  • Danny
    DannyDecember 7, 2011
    Don't drink the water
  • Travis M.
    Travis McLainMay 2, 2011
    Disappointing. Georgia Aquarium is so much better...maybe I just got spoiled having lived next to it...but Shedding doesn't come close.
  • Rach H.
    Rach HMay 11, 2010
    The 4-D Planet Earth flick is super cute.
  • Jody M.
    Jody MclamarrahFebruary 17, 2012
    Theres a fish here for evefybody
  • Pat M.
    Pat McCarthyFebruary 20, 2011
    Don't go on free days. 2 hour minimum to get in.
  • Wieslawa I.
    Wieslawa IzaJuly 20, 2011
    Eye-to-eye with a shark.
  • Maggsbopp
    MaggsboppApril 28, 2013
    No beer.......
  • Eli G.
    Eli GratzAugust 18, 2011
    Jellies was not impressive -- would skip without groupon
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MartinFebruary 1, 2010
    The penguins are the best!
  • Nick C.
    Nick CoccoMay 26, 2010
    Awesome aquarium
  • Brian G.
    Brian GluckmanFebruary 12, 2010
    Check out Granddad, the 85 year-old lungfish.
  • Maggsbopp
    MaggsboppApril 28, 2013
    Way too educational
  • Becky S.
    Becky SandholmApril 10, 2010
    Go to the shed. - get crazy
  • Nicole W.
    Nicole WetzellApril 22, 2010
    Beautiful fish!
  • C
    CDecember 20, 2009
    Check out all the cool animals.
  • Guy G.
    Guy GilbertJanuary 17, 2010
    Seadragons are spectacular.
  • Liz A.
    Liz AlbericoJanuary 7, 2012
    Jellies was not worth the price
  • Holiday Inn C.
    Only 1.5 Miles from our hotel! Read more
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CJuly 23, 2009
    Check out the fish.
  • Jon H.
    Jon HallMarch 17, 2009
    Check out the dolphin show.
  • Sue G.
    Sue G.March 25, 2010
    Waited over an hour in freezing cold. Totally INSANE!
  • Karla M.
    Karla MuciñoDecember 1, 2016
    Muy padre para todas las edades, hay área de juegos para los peques de 1-3 años, y puedes tocar algunas especies. El show en vivo cuesta 2 dólares y las películas 4D pues solo si están incluidas
  • Manolo E.
    Manolo EncisoMarch 13, 2015
    3 paquetes, escoge el que se adapte a lo que quieres. El de 8 dlls es para ver una parte del acuario, y el de 29 y 35 ver los delfines, pingüinos, belugas. Afuera hay buenas vistas para fotos
  • Roberto M.
    Recomendable comprar el Citypass y así visitar todo lo mejor de Chicago y sobretodo este Acuario que es una maravilla, muy bueno el show de delfines.
  • P Chuy O.
    P Chuy OrtegaNovember 1, 2014
    Cierran a las 5 pm, así que tomar tiempo es importante. Vale la pena observar cada especie y dejarse sorprender por toda la Creación de Dios.
  • Ishel David M.
    Ishel David Montes RochaDecember 7, 2016
    Simplemente genial!!! Hay dos restaurantes para lunch, el que está junto al delfinario tiene variedad: hamburguesas, ensaladas y pizzas.
  • Arturo L.
    Arturo LunaAugust 20, 2016
    Si llevas talonario City Pass, chequea bien los horarios de las películas a las que tienes derecho para que planees bien tu visita.
  • Uri E.
    Excelente acuario, pasé un día inolvidable con mi hijo de 5 años.
  • Nasty T.
    Nasty TrumpSeptember 20, 2014
    Берите билет с доплатой,чтобы потрогать пингвинов или скатов-не пожалеете!
  • Oscar P.
    Oscar PadillaOctober 28, 2015
    Impresionante ver a los tiburones y tocar a algunos peces no dejes de acudir si visitas Chicago.
  • Paula P.
    Paula Pérez MedinaSeptember 13, 2014
    Recomendadisimo. Especies de peces y reptiles que nisiquiera sabias que existia
  • Marcus A.
    Muitas atrações! O show dos golfinhos são legais.
  • Bruno V.
    Bruno ValadãoDecember 26, 2013
    Não deixe de assistir o Aquatic Show e o cinema 4D! Vale a pena!
  • Soowha S.
    Soowha SongSeptember 10, 2012
    시카고 간 호수를한 ㄴ이 볼 수있는 쉐드 테라스 카페. 좋다 ㅋ
  • Sonay Ö.
    Sonay ÖzbayAugust 8, 2016
    Çok güzel mutlaka gidilmeli dolphin şovu harikaydı👍🏻✨😍
  • Enriqueta C.
    Enriqueta ContrerasApril 15, 2015
    Todo muy bello! Peces raros, colores hermosos y unos enormes
  • Jovanna L.
    Jovanna LoyolaJanuary 14
    No tiene nada sensacional, ve para "conocer" el estanque del centro es lo mejorcito.
  • MB
    MBJune 21, 2015
    Muy padre! De los mas grandes que he visto!
  • Mona C.
    Mona ChitaNovember 17, 2011
    La exposicion de las medusas es muy bonita
  • Miguel P.
    Miguel PizaniMarch 5, 2014
    Interesante lugar.. aunq mejor es el de atlanta
  • Monik S.
    Monik SaavedraJanuary 15, 2016
    Impresionante !!!
  • Willian O.
    Willian OliveiraAugust 11, 2014
    É muito difícil conseguir visitar tudo em um único dia.
  • Felipe C.
    Felipe CasajusJuly 29, 2013
    Absolutamente impresionante
  • Roman K.
    Roman KhakimovSeptember 3, 2013
    Риф с акулами - это что то!
  • Yascara M.
    Los peces tienen poco espacio :/
  • Alex S.
    Alex SaudNovember 23, 2016
    As atrações não valem o valor da entrada
  • isabel h.
    isabel holandaJuly 25, 2015
    Amazon fish!! The best aquarium ❤️
  • io G.
    io GutierrezFebruary 4, 2014
    MUY LINDO...
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