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Best time to visit the aquarium?

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Best time to visit the aquarium?

We are visiting from March 27-April 2. Does anyone know when the spring break is for the Chicago area? Or when most schools do field trips to the aquarium? How crazy would it be on Easter Sunday? Any tips would be great.

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1. Re: Best time to visit the aquarium?

The Shedd is always busy. During Spring Break all the kids not in school will be there with their families. During school, the field trips will be there during school hours. You can't win so just go at your convenience and hope for the best.

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2. Re: Best time to visit the aquarium?

It's going to be very crowded to get in. Not much way around it. The worst is by far just the entrance line. Once you are in, the crowds are often manageable.. I do not know if Easter Sunday will make it worse, but I suspect it will as people will be visiting from out of town if they are on spring break.

One tip is to look into signing up for a membership. Compare the cost for a membership vs. individual tickets for one day. A year long membership may not be a lot more than the price of admission, and you can skip the entrance line.

If you're going to visit the other major sites, you can also buy a citypass as that allows you VIP entry as well.

www.citypass.com/chicago/shedd-aquarium

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3. Re: Best time to visit the aquarium?

Check the daily schedule on their website, DO NOT go on a discount day.

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4. Re: Best time to visit the aquarium?

If you do go..... Get there early before opening time. The later you go ,the more crowded it gets .

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5. Re: Best time to visit the aquarium?

When we went we were able to avoid the long entrance line because we were allowed to use the handicapped accessible line because we had an infant in a stroller. I don't know if they still allow that but it made it so easy on that crowded day.

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