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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium contains over 1,500 different species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. Opened in 1930, this venue was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. Located within walking distance of the city's natural history museum and planetarium, the aquarium draws over 2 million annual visitors. Highlights include an oceanarium designed to replicate the natural conditions of the waters off the northwestern coast of the U.S., containing beluga whales, white-sided dolphins, sea otters, and seals. You can also visit the shark exhibit, a replica of a Philippines reef ecosystem. Exhibits often sell out early in the morning, so ensure your entry by purchasing your tickets well in advance. Make Shedd Aquarium a part of your Chicago vacation plans using our Chicago trip itinerary planning website.
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  • Went with kids ages 4 and 6. We were all impressed by the belugas and their trainers. The aquarium itself is very pretty and so is the surrounding ding area.  more »
  • A very cool experience! Bring children to enjoy this fun aquarium of sea life and enjoy the views of Lake Michigan.  more »
  • Not as crowded as I expected, the staff was helpful and the aquarium was organized. Whales, dolphins, and otters were great. I can see this place being very busy in normal times, but it was not bad....  more »
  • Huge aquarium with so many different exhibits. We went here on a weekend so the lines were super long to get in but they did move fast. The aquarium is huge with so many different exhibits and detailed information about each. The staff is also around and are very helpful if you have any questions. If you have a city pass, you get discounted rates to enter. You can easily spend couple of hours here. Highly recommend.
  • I love the Shedd. It's an amazing place with a lot of cool animals and knowledgeable staff who are very passionate about animal welfare and conservation. The dolphin show that they do is really exceptional and educational too. It's one thing to see a dolphin in a book or on TV, but it's entirely different to see them up close and and performing a lot of their natural behaviors inside. There's also great underwater viewing for the belugas. They're one of my favorite animals, and it's amazing to see them so up close.
  • This is probably the best Aquarium I've been too. After being in Colorado the last 4 hours nothing can compare to The Shedd. They have such an expansive variety of fish, clean atmosphere, it's the perfect place for families wanting to spend the day away! You must see the 4D movies, stingray exhibit, and the dolphin show! All the animals look extremely taken care of and happy. The Shedd has rehabilitated and rescued many of the animals who live there. A must see if you find yourself in the city!
  • What a lovely collection. Jelly fish, corals, Sea horse, rare species. So much to see at one place. Kids can have lot of fun. Watch sharks and dolphins from top and bottom. Touch and feel... Stingray fish. Galleries exclusive for Amazon, Oceanarium bigger one ever saw had a huge collection of Sea mammals. Thousands of species to feast the eyes and mind. You may miss any other.... But don't miss this unique huge Aquarium. Enjoy a 4D show with a little cost inside the house. The building has great architecture.
  • This aquarium is beautiful. It's a must visit every time I'm in Chicago. There are so many animals from all over the world and they are absolutely fascinating. You definitely need all day to visit if you want to see everything and take pictures. It's worth every penny if you love anything and everything related to the water. I would definitely recommend purchasing your tickets online (or get the City Pass if you plan on visiting The Field Museum too). The line can get pretty long and if you buy your tickets online you get to skip the line of people waiting in line to get tickets.

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