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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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3.7/5 based on 6,000+ reviews on the web
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. Plan your visit to Shedd Aquarium and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Chicago trip itinerary builder.
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  • Was it worth the wait, well the Beluga whales were amazing as were the see otters, but it was quite expensive. If you want to see everything it's $40, we only got the $30 tickets so missed out on some...  read more »
  • We were in town for business and had a free afternoon when we decided to visit the aquarium. We were very excited and chose the all-inclusive ticket for $40. This gave us access to all of the attracti...  read more »
  • A great place to spend some time during the day with a phenomenal view of the downtown Chicago skyline. It's probably one of the best aquariums I've ever been to. We only spent like 45 minutes there b...  read more »
  • Had been looking forward to this for a long time. Best part was the beluga whale and dolphin exhibit. The tank went super far down. They did kick us out early to start the show when we were looking at the dolphins. Shark tank was neat too! They have lots of smaller tanks and that wasn't that interesting. They do have a variety of price ranges which is awesome. Affordable for a family but only if you do the minimum. However, the bare minimum doesnt include a lot so this will be super expensive for a family (parking too).
  • If you're looking for something unique, educational, and a part of Chicago's history, this is it! The building itself is magnificent, dating back to 1930. For general admission ($8 for adults, $6 for children) there is much to see. Sometimes "ain't nobody got time" (or money) for a full experience. Tip: If you have kids, surprise them and add on the Stingray Touch (additional $5/person). Overall, It's a great place for children and adults alike.
  • This place is amazing. I never thought I would spend over 5 hours in an aquarium. Part of that is the spectacle, but the majority of that time is due to the fact it's HUGE. It's divided into sections of the world, and there are hundreds if not thousands of species to see. If you can see one of the 4d experience shows, I highly recommend "Coastal Predators". Don't expect to walk right in, especially if you are visiting on a weekend. Average wait is probably an hour. You can buy an Express pass for about 15 dollars more, which gets you right in the door, which you can do online. I did it, and didn't look back. This place is a can't miss.
  • Shedd Aquarium is great, second only to the Baltimore Aquarium in my experience. You can see a wide range of aquatic creatures and all the displays are put together really nicely. The facilities are well maintained and the food is pretty good. You can sit downstairs and observe the whales and penguins while you eat a bagged lunch, which is what a lot of school groups do. The gift shop is big as well. Get there at about 8:30am (doors open at 9am) if you want to beat the crowds, but DON'T do that if the weather is unpleasant because you will be stuck standing in line outside for a half an hour, buffeted by the wind off Lake Michigan.
  • Plan at least 24 hours ahead and buy an e-ticket to skip the possible long lines. Skip the dolphin/whale show if you're expecting a high flying action packed Sea World type show. 4D movie was cool and worth the upgrade. Only frustration.... the tablets. I personally see the value in them on an educational level but they are a huge distraction for a 5 & 6 year old from all the cool things going on in there. Not suggesting they be removed by any means. Just a warning to anyone who might get a little frustrated about spending $150 to tell your kid over and over to look at the fish... not the tablet.
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