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Shedd Aquarium
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1200 S Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL 60605
1200 South Lake Shore DriveUSIllinoisChicago60605
$$$Aquarium, Historical LandmarkToday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 4:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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State-of-the-art indoor aquarium, famous for its variety of habitats & views of Lake Michigan.- Google
"The main aquarium has Nickel the famous sea turtle and sharks."
"Wild Reef has sharks and the Oceanarium has a new beluga whale."
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Lesley Prescott
3 weeks ago
We were visiting family in Chicago and thought it would be nice to take the grandchildren to the aquarium. When we asked if there was a discount for disabled veterans we were told no only active military... not only is that discrimination against the elderly but what do they think happens to the active military when they get old.. just disappear.. no they become veterans and in a lot of cases disabled too. I was so angry I wanted to leave right then but grandchildren in tow we sucked up the prices on the disabled vets income and went in. Will we come back with the next generation... HELL NO
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Sarah Tracy
2 weeks ago
Went with my friends last year for my birthday and we all had a blast. We splurged and bought the pass that let use see everything. I highly recommend buying your tickets online!!! Anytime I pass the Shedd when I am in Chicago there is always a long line outside of people waiting to buy tickets. We bought ours online and waited maybe 15min indoors.
Chaos Tek
a month ago
the staff is very friendly when asking questions. they have lockers for $1. nice cafe for a quick bite to eat. no flash photography. they check bags when you first enter. don't be in a big hurry. Lots to see.
Dave Barista
a month ago
Lot of fishes exotic sea lives. However, I don't think it worth $36 adult $26 for kids. Highly over priced with nothing spectacular to see except few exotic fishes. To make the matter worst, they have a dog at aquatic show. what a bummer! I'm so sorry to spoil you with it. Time starts at 2:30. It really began when they want though like 2:40. Waited with high expectation, but... Too much talking and explaining how they train and what sign means... all useless unless you are to become one of the trainer. They wasted another 5 mins of documentary once broadcast on TV about otter which it didn't come out after the documentary. I don't see the point? Then there was some noise at the end of the corridor makes you think something big is about to happen. Bit surprised to find rescued dog came on stage. Finally white fin little dolphines came out. Two of them. They jumped!!!! Finally!!!! Twice!!!! That was it though... end of show. Thank you very much. Thank you for coming. Didn't know thing have changed over years. They had no blue dolphins at Shedd. What happened?
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Elie Walker
a week ago
I was very shocked that they change everything with the dolphins show they did no jumps really or anything exciting. They charged 35 dollars for wristbands which only allowed us to see the sharks and 5 dollars for every other show. I really wanted my son to see what I experienced as a kid. Which was the dolphins jumping over each other and the dolphins doing the Michael Jackson moon walk in the water. I feel if they charged you for the wristbands they should allow all access to everything or least all the exhibits not the shows.
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Uri Levy
in the last week
Our review is mixed because the exhibits and shows in the aquarium were nice but the entire experience was quite disappointing. We stood 3 hours in the line (CityPass people waited 1.5 hours) before we reached the inside lobby to understand what was happening. Although there were 8 cashier stations available only one person was serving the regular line with hundreds of people waiting outside, and 2 cashiers serving the faster CityPass line. If you do the math - 3h wait of 2000 people a day means 6000 hours wasted by Shedd Aquarium in waiting visitors. When I asked a standing staff why she was not helping the one person, she said, "I have to shadow the [3] workers". Management - you don't need your staff talking, laughing or "shadowing", you just need more people doing their job. It is not lack of capacity inside the aquarium, it is simply lack of cashiers. Learn how well Museum of Science and Industry is quickly handling thousands of visitors with automated info kiosks and paying machines. Visitors - don't waste 3 hours in line, go and see the Art Institute of Chicago or Museum of Science and Industry instead.
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Max Wang
2 months ago
Nothing to be upset about since my mom got tickets for free from her work including the "30 minute" dolphin show. The exhibits were great, but the dolphin show could use some serious improvement. Instead of allocating 20+ minutes of the show to looking at a documentary-esque program and only allow 10 minutes of actual animals, maybe flip the two around? It would have been way more enjoyable if the main focus of the show was on actual animals doing cool stuff.
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Rowdy Ratts
3 months ago
Overall it was a cool experience, but not quite what I was hoping for. I mainly came hoping to see some awesome reef tanks with exotic corals etc. There was one big reef tank and a few very small tanks lit well to bring out the colors (but no fish in those tanks and few visible inverts). One of the small tanks did have an amazing collection of small brittle starfish though. The best tanks I've seen so far have were at Picasso Aquatics which is a fish store in Overland Park, KS. Their main display tank is at least 4-5 times as big as the one here, and there are way more species. That said, I'm glad I came, other than the reef tanks, my favorite was the Aquatic show. There were also many, many other fish species and mini habitats to show their natural environment (from areas all over the world). Pro-tip, buy your tickets before the day of the show to avoid a super long line outside (or buy the fast pass tickets in the much shorter line).
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