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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

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#1 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in Illinois
Shedd Aquarium contains over 1,500 different species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. Opened in 1930, this venue was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. Located within walking distance of the city's natural history museum and planetarium, the aquarium draws over 2 million annual visitors. Highlights include an oceanarium designed to replicate the natural conditions of the waters off the northwestern coast of the U.S., containing beluga whales, white-sided dolphins, sea otters, and seals. You can also visit the shark exhibit, a replica of a Philippines reef ecosystem. Exhibits often sell out early in the morning, so ensure your entry by purchasing your tickets well in advance. Make Shedd Aquarium a part of your Chicago vacation plans using our Chicago trip itinerary planning website .
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  • Really nice hotel and pleasant stroll for hours surrounded by many species of fish
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  • Took the kids here on a rainy day we seen a 4d movie about sharks great movie. Restaurant lots of food. Aquarium is amazing staff friendly and exsplain a lot about the animals.  more »
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  • We had an absolute blast at Shedd. Yes, it's busy, yes it's a little pricey, but it's well worth it if you prepare before you go. We bought tickets online, got there before they opened, and used the stroller entrance and had no difficulties. We were able to see all the exhibits and aquatic show in a day with plenty of time to spare. The animals look very well cared for, every staff member we came across was pleasant, and for a 5 year old in love with the ocean, there was plenty of hands on activities. The only thing we weren't able to do was touch the stingrays as the line was so long. If we had gone earlier it probably wouldn't have been so bad. Overall, a great trip if you're prepared. If you just wing it, its probably pretty chaotic.
  • A amazing spot for people young and mature. I have been twice in my life and I really enjoyed both times each the same. It was great seeing so many aquatic animals and learning a bit each visit. Also this time seeing the Dolphin show as a bonus which was also phenomenal. Great atmosphere as a spot for kids, dates, even just a place to relax. The staff was on point and really assist with any questions that you might have. Highly Recommended.

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