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Hours:
8.30am-6pm

When to Go:
This is a very popular attraction, so going during the week is a great way to avoid crowds

Age Restriction:
n/a

Important Information:
Although general admission tickets allow you to explore several popular exhibits, in order to see all the exhibitions and the shows various higher priced tickets are available.

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago attraction-sightseeing from Chicago Traveler

Quick Facts

  • Diversity: The Shedd Aquarium features over 25,000 fish
  • Popularity: This Aquarium in Chicago is the most popular cultural attraction in Chicago
  • Amazing Programs: The Shedd Aquarium Chicago offers once in a lifetime opportunities such as beluga and penguin encounters.

Address:
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
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Overall:
4.5
Location:
5
Information:
4.5
Fun Factor:
4.5

Based on 2 reviews

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Sunflowercake

Joined: May 2013

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Overall:
5
Location:
5
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/12

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The tour was:

Shedd Fun

We love the Shedd Aquarium an dgo there almost every time although we do not have kids yet. If we drive up with friends, family or just as a couple- it does not matter. Highly recommend to buy advance tickets so you can avoid long lines. Loved the aquatic shows and the movies are usually fun to see as well. I think the location is great. You can park close by and walk over to the Navy Pier, depending on how much time you have. I recommend it to anyone that enjoys animals and the marine life. Especially on those very cold winter days!

Tour Review : Shedd Aquarium, Chicago attraction-sightseeing from Chicago Traveler


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

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Overall:
4.35
Location:
5
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

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Shedd Aquarium - As Far as Aquariums Go, It's the Best

What a great aquarium! It rests right on Lake Michigan. If you’re up for an adventure, the best way to get here is by water taxi. I took one over from Navy Pier. It’s cheaper then a cab, and a lot more fun! The ride on the lake was a great time. You get an amazing view of the Chicago skyline, and then the boat literally parks right in front of the aquarium.

Typically, I’m not so much into aquariums but this one is different. It’s better! It’s about as close to Sea World as it gets. Definitely make sure you plan your day accordingly to see the dolphin show. They’re at certain scheduled times throughout the day, so it could be easy to miss them. The dolphin show is especially cool because the water for the show goes to the edge of the building where the floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the water of Lake Michigan in the background. In the show, the dolphins jump straight out of the water and the trainers teach you how the training works. It was pretty fascinating.

There was also the Jellies exhibit when I was there. Jelly fish are certainly strange creatures but fascinating to watch. You can touch a live starfish, which is completely disgusting. But hey, you only live once right. Check out the penguins on the bottom floor. They come right up to the glass. I’ve been to zoos all around the country, but I’ve never been that close up to a penguin before. They’re adorable to watch. They also have the longest living fish of any aquarium in the world. It’s been there since the 1930’s! Ask someone where it is. I wouldn’t have found it unless I asked. They also have sea horses, eels, otters, beluga whales, I could go on and on.

If you’re planning on visiting a bunch of different attractions in Chicago, get the city pass. It really did save me a lot of money and you also get free tickets to different stuff in the aquarium like the dolphin show. Yeah, it costs extra. Lame, I know.

When I went, I didn’t plan accordingly. I only had two hours, but I recommend planning to be here for at least four hours if you want to see everything.

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Summary

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Features: The Shedd Aquarium, located on Chicago's Museum Campus, is the world's largest indoor aquarium with more than 8,000 aquatic animals representing more than 700 species from all parts of the world. The Caribbean Reef, teaming with bright, colorful new corals and more than 60 species of animal, includes bonnet head sharks, southern stingrays, angelfish and a hawksbill sea turtle. Divers hand-feed sharks, sea turtles and eels at scheduled times during the day. The Marine Mammal Presentation, presented several times each day, features animal-care staff interacting with the dolphins and whales as they dive, spyhop and walk on their tails.
 
Shedd also offers Habitat Chats for visitors to learn about the aquatic world and its inhabitants in an informal setting. Learn about what they eat, how Shedd Aquarium cares for them and more about their natural habitats. Aquarium and Oceanarium chats are scheduled in a variety of habitats, locations are posted daily throughout the Aquarium. Another feature, Animal Encounters, gives you a chance to look at, learn about and touch such critters as a Chilean rose tarantula, leopard gecko, African bullfrog, red-tailed boa, or king snake.

Shedd Aquarium offers a special event for 3-5 year-old preschoolers - "Tots on Tuesdays". This event features a full day of activities, including story times, crafts, animal touch programs, videos, costumed characters, dancing and singing.

Dining options at Shedd Aquarium include the Bubble Net Food Court offering pizza, sandwiches, burgers and more, Sounding Restaurant with full table service, wine and cocktails in a casual setting, and Mrs. Field's Cookie House featuring cookies, brownies, cold beverages and coffee. You can also visit the gift shop for souvenirs, jewelry, home decor and more.

Why We Go:

  • Family Fun: This is a great Chicago attraction for all the family. Although the fish are the main attraction, the Shedd Aquarium Chicago has many interactive exhibitions which will keep kids extra entertained.
  • Variety: The Shedd Aquarium Chicago not only exhibits thousands of fish, but also features some spectacular mammals such as beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins.
  • Great Location: This top Chicago attraction is situated within the Museum Campus Chicago which also includes the Field Museum of Natural History and the Adler Planetarium.


Inside Knowledge: You and your child can spend the night at the Shedd Aquarium for $55 per person. Fun activities and programs are run in the evening and a continental breakfast is served come morning. 

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Bring the family: This family geared Chicago attraction is a great choice to entertain the little ones. Interactive exhibitions, exciting shows and 4-D movies will keep everyone in a good mood all day long.
  • Do Stay for Lunch: Several restaurants and snack stations are available at the Shedd Aquarium. If you don't want to eat on-site, there are some great restaurants near Shedd Aquarium that the whole family will enjoy!
  • Don't forget to buy gifts: The Shedd Aquarium has gift stores ideal for finding that perfect vacation trinket.
  • Don't ignore the location: This Aquarium in Chicago is located within the Museum Campus Chicago, so make sure to explore all that this site has to offer.

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Tour Review : Shedd Aquarium, Chicago attraction-sightseeing from Chicago Traveler


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.35
Location:
5
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Shedd Aquarium - As Far as Aquariums Go, It's the Best

What a great aquarium! It rests right on Lake Michigan. If you’re up for an adventure, the best way to get here is by water taxi. I took one over from Navy Pier. It’s cheaper then a cab, and a lot more fun! The ride on the lake was a great time. You get an amazing view of the Chicago skyline, and then the boat literally parks right in front of the aquarium.

Typically, I’m not so much into aquariums but this one is different. It’s better! It’s about as close to Sea World as it gets. Definitely make sure you plan your day accordingly to see the dolphin show. They’re at certain scheduled times throughout the day, so it could be easy to miss them. The dolphin show is especially cool because the water for the show goes to the edge of the building where the floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the water of Lake Michigan in the background. In the show, the dolphins jump straight out of the water and the trainers teach you how the training works. It was pretty fascinating.

There was also the Jellies exhibit when I was there. Jelly fish are certainly strange creatures but fascinating to watch. You can touch a live starfish, which is completely disgusting. But hey, you only live once right. Check out the penguins on the bottom floor. They come right up to the glass. I’ve been to zoos all around the country, but I’ve never been that close up to a penguin before. They’re adorable to watch. They also have the longest living fish of any aquarium in the world. It’s been there since the 1930’s! Ask someone where it is. I wouldn’t have found it unless I asked. They also have sea horses, eels, otters, beluga whales, I could go on and on.

If you’re planning on visiting a bunch of different attractions in Chicago, get the city pass. It really did save me a lot of money and you also get free tickets to different stuff in the aquarium like the dolphin show. Yeah, it costs extra. Lame, I know.

When I went, I didn’t plan accordingly. I only had two hours, but I recommend planning to be here for at least four hours if you want to see everything.

Tour Review : Shedd Aquarium, Chicago attraction-sightseeing from Chicago Traveler


Sunflowercake

Joined: May 2013

xxx.xxx.147.34

Overall:
5
Location:
5
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/12

Went with:

The tour was:

Shedd Fun

We love the Shedd Aquarium an dgo there almost every time although we do not have kids yet. If we drive up with friends, family or just as a couple- it does not matter. Highly recommend to buy advance tickets so you can avoid long lines. Loved the aquatic shows and the movies are usually fun to see as well. I think the location is great. You can park close by and walk over to the Navy Pier, depending on how much time you have. I recommend it to anyone that enjoys animals and the marine life. Especially on those very cold winter days!