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Review of Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium
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Ranked #27 of 642 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: 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!
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We stood in line almost two hours to get in, half of it in the hot sun. The issue was not having enough cashiers to handle the demand and people deciding which package to get. Basic admission is very limited and doesn’t allow entrance to most of the featured exhibits, so try to figure out what you want before you get to the head of the line. Now, was the wait worth it? Yes! We’ve been to several aquariums – Waikiki, Tampa, Baltimore, etc., and this one ranks up there with some of the best. Sharks, dolphins, and touching stingrays never gets old. But, the best part – the penguins! Aside from National Geographic, never thought I’d see them in real life on this side of the arctic. Truly worth the extra $ -- you must see the penguins. Tip – military members receive greatly reduced admission to the museum.

Visited July 2014
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“Beautiful - Disney quality”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Loved this place. The detail is incredible. Wonderful exhibits and show! Went in 2011 although Trip Advisor won't let me choose that date.

Visited July 2014
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“A great day trip!”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

I recently visited the Shedd with my fiance, my aunt and uncle and their young kids (aged 7 and 5). It was a great morning! Make sure to arrive there early - we arrived right when it opened (9 am) and there was no line whatsoever. By the time we left at around 2 pm the line-up was out the door and all the way down the main steps outside.

Although it's not a cheap excursion, you get what you pay for. This is definitely a world-class aquarium. One of the highlights for the kids was the stingray touching display, which was held outside and is offered from May through to October. Very cool!

Also a plus was the Starbucks at the cafe. Definitely hit the spot after a few hours with the little ones. :)

Visited July 2014
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“Nice, will go again”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

I absolutely loved Shedd Aquarium, particularly the Jellyfish exhibit & dolphin show. Probably best to go closer to opening hours. It is very popular & gets quite crowded, but *most of the other visitors respected their boundaries & tried to give others space to take pictures with family. Loved dining outdoors at one of their restaurants. Very pleasant.

Visited August 2013
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“Breathtaking aquarium!!!”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Be prepared to spend all day...this is a unique aquarium with a HUGE amount of aquatic life. This is a long line to wait for tickets, so try to have them ahead of time-we bought the City Pass and it helped our trip tremendously! Once inside, there are several "wings" for the types of animals plus special events all day. This is beautifully maintained and has a wonderful view of the lake. I would go back in a heart-beat.

Visited September 2013
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