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Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,000 aquatic animals - from whales to snails, tarantulas to turtles, angelfish to zebra sharks!
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (312) 939-2438

Phone: (312) 986-2286

Payment method
all major credit cards
Neighborhoods
Soldier Field Complex, Central Chicago
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Categories
Public Aquariums, Aquariums & Aquarium Supplies, Tourist Information & Attractions, Places Of Interest, Restaurants
Other Information

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

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Jamie P.

09/05/2016

Overall

This is one of those places you must visit in Chicago.They have amazing exhibits from all over the world with fun shows for kids, 4-D movies, and pretty much.The shark Aquarium is great.Jellies Exhibit is amazing.
The staff is friendly and kind with kids. The atmosphere is also very comfortable If you go to the Shedd and don't see the aquatic show you have missed the best part of the aquarium!!!

BerryMary

02/26/2012

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Had so much fun

This place was great. We visited this place last week and it was fun together with my family. The kids were pretty much enjoying watching the show. Definitely we will be back here. A wonderful place.

Jane Meyer

09/14/2010

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Great family activity!

Great family activity, we go there at least once every summer with the kids - never gets boring!

ladyl123

07/20/2010

Overall
one hour wait just to get in

I went here on a saturday afternoon and that was def the wrong time to go. I had to wait in line outside for 45 min then another 15 mins inside the building to pay for a ticket. It however, was worth the wait. The set up was nice and they have really cool displays. They have a lunch area with great food although expensive. Lastly, I caught a dolphin show at no extra charge. I would go back just not on a weekend afternoon.

Randy Peabody

06/01/2010

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FantaFlop

I am not sure how you can have a baby buluga whale and have a show like this. What a missed learning opportunity. This is by far the worst executive decision I have ever seen. This shows concept, idea, and funding should have never happened.
SOS...Shame on the Shedd..End this show now before word gets around..It's already not good.

fJohnson782

04/22/2010

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Jaw Dropping

Most amazing place ever! It really is jaw droppin. They have everything you can ever imagine and the dolphin show is pretty cool. Must see!!!

OhSheila

04/22/2010

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FanFreakingTastic

I just adore this place ever since I was a little girl - take a day off life and come here - make sure to find out which exhibits are showing at which time and GO !

SarahBethK

12/21/2009

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OMG It was SO boring!

My husband and I spent fifty dollars on tickets to see the ""AMAZING"" Shedd Aquarium because it was all hyped up as one of the best attractions in Chicago. Yeah... not so much. After paying FIFTY bucks we essential walked around and looked at fish bowls. Oh, lets not forget FANTASEA!!!! That was fun. Wait, NO, it was poorly acted and boring. We left after about ten minutes. Save your money.

YahtzeeGirl

11/03/2009

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My Childhood Favorite

The Shedd has been a favorite of mine since my parents took me to visit the aquarium at an early age. I love the way they have the aquarium mapped out , and how the group different species together. And at every visit I always learn something new or find a new favorite.
The gift shop is another great stop to make to get gifts for friends and family.

JaDi

11/02/2009

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Fun for Every Age

It doesn't matter how old you are or how many times you've been, the Shedd Aquarium always provides a fun time. This museum always has a great feature exhibit that's worth the trip, along with the must-see dolphin show. Bring your camera because the city views from the Shedd are breathtaking!

Chadrock5

05/11/2009

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Overall
Great tourist attraction

I could spend all day in this place. There is always something to see and enjoy. This is the perfect place to take friends or family who visit the city.

aly511

05/11/2009

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Overall
Great place to visit

This is a chicago staple. It is a great aquarium with an awesome view of Lake Michigan. The Oceanarium is very interesteing, along with the mammal show.

svish

08/31/2008

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What is the chef thinking?

Aside from the beautiful view and atmosphere, Soundings should work on making their food more flavorful. I ordered a grilled tandoori tofu wrap and was extremely disappointed. I come from an East Indian background and ""tandoori"" means spices and mouthwatering flavor to grilled meats and tofu in Indian cuisine. I was excited to see the that there was something tandoori in the dish. However, to my surprise, it was horribly bland and I couldn't take more than one bite. I could only taste the yogurt. I looked around to see other people who ordered the same thing and saw their faces cringe when they had the bite as well.
I also taste tested my friends orders and other than the flavor of the meat, there was nothing. I wanted to go back to the food court and order a wrap that I knew would taste better than the grilled tofu. I left my whole plate, and left unhappy. restaurant is beautiful but we're really there for the food, put some heart into it.

mikethegrate

05/27/2008

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Overall
Great view, good service

My wife and I visited Soundings as a part of our whirlwind tour of the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium. Even though we were very busy that day, Soundings provided a great respite from the screaming children and large crowds that we encountered that day. My biggest complaint was that there was only one seafood entree on the main menu, but it was a nice tilapia with an adventurous sauce. My wife and I enjoyed the view and the quiet ambiance. Little touches like the goldfish crackers were appreciated and the service was polite and attentive. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is tired of the typical museum food.

newgirl1

05/27/2008

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Overall
Good Family Fun

Every summer we go to the Shedd Aquarium and always have a great day. They have a huge assortment of fish and other marine life to learn about. Also, the Aquarium provides an abundence of information about all the marine life that you will see. I would recommend going to the Shedd with your family, it's money well spent.

iteachk

06/25/2006

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Awesome for kids!

I have been to a few aquariums for school field trips and this one just beats them all! Because I am a teacher I received an all access pass for free which was a wonderful bonus, but even if I had to pay the entrance fees it is well worth the money because there was so much to see there. I also liked how the staff got the kids to play in some interactive games about the animals. I would love to go again some day!

jlbowers

10/26/2005

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boycott soundings

This restaurant's chef does not deserve our respect. Read Tribune Metro article of October 26, 2005. Refund the money now!

mamapn

07/22/2003

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Overall
Very nice

Lots of variety and information. Dolphins and whale show was very good. Strictly an aquarium, no other animals at this location.

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