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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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I haven't been here since I was a kid, on long ago summer trips to visit family. So I made a point to go with grown up eyes this time. Having worked in an aquarium, I was quite impressed with the...
I haven't been here since I was a kid, on long ago summer trips to visit family. So I made a point to go with grown up eyes this time. Having worked in an aquarium, I was quite impressed with the... more »
Beautiful location and building on the lake. Abbott Ocean area was outstanding. Variety of exhibits was extensive. Whoever designed the entry process (3 steps) has never managed crowds before...
Beautiful location and building on the lake. Abbott Ocean area was outstanding. Variety of exhibits was extensive. Whoever designed the entry process (3 steps) has never managed crowds before... more »
We wanted a fun day in Chicago with a family of five, it was between the shed and the Museum of science and industry.. there are many discounts but none for families very sad. Wound up buying the membership as it was the most economical.. there are many great exhibits to look at. We were able to catch one of the 10 minute main shows,. would've been nice if they were a little longer. We had an enjoyable day. Will have to go back to get use out of our one year annual pass now.
Be sure to buy tickets beforehand and save yourself a lot of time. Also worth it to take a ride share instead of parking. Great adventure for the whole family. Most people moved at a pretty good pace around the exhibits therefore not too much waiting time. Multiple options to grab a bite to eat and the prices were reasonable.
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