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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

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#1 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Illinois
Must see · Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
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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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  • What a neat place to visit. But I do have a few gripes. There’s only so many people they give tickets to hourly. So you pick a time slot. Which to me I thought was a great idea since that would give.....  more
    What a neat place to visit. But I do have a few gripes. There’s only so many people they give tickets to hourly. So you pick a time slot. Which to me I thought was a great idea since that would give.....  more »
  • We visited the last Thursday of April and arrived at the opening time of 9am. the main entrance facing west was closed, so you had to enter through the southern entrance - not sure why, but this... 
    We visited the last Thursday of April and arrived at the opening time of 9am. the main entrance facing west was closed, so you had to enter through the southern entrance - not sure why, but this...  more »
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  • Overall I enjoyed the experience. Very nice displays of sea life. However, beware, there are a lot of stairs along with some ramps. Elevators small for accommodating strollers and passengers. Masks not mandatory for vaccinated but no process in place for checking to verify. I wore my mask the entire time. The food court was very crowded with one line. Food staff did an excellent job trying to keep up. At this time not enough staff. Also, no gluten free items readily available on the grill menu. The line leader kindly requested a cheeseburger for me ,without bun, and indicated to workers it was an allergy. Burger was very good! He was very kind to do this since he and others were very very busy taking care of others.
  • I took my family, and we had so much fun. My kids enjoyed seeing all the different fish. They liked the dolphin show too. I just became a member, and I'm happy to have done it. You get free entry for as long as you are a member and best of all your contribution goes to good use. Now I went on a weekend so make sure to buy your tickets in advance because it was busy.

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