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Chicago CityPass
"Chicago CityPASS includes entry to: Shedd Aquarium (includes VIP entry to Waters of the World galleries Amazon Rising Wild Reef Abbott Oceanarium Polar Play Zone Amphibians special exhibit and Stingray Touch (May to October) plus your choice of a 4-D Experience. The Field Museum (includes All-Access Pass
From $98.00
Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Board the open-top double-decker bus at any of the 14 stops to start your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago and listen to live commentary through provided earphones to find out fun facts about the city and its iconic architecture. 

The full circuit takes about about 2 hours but you can hop off and back on as many times as you like within a 24- 48- or 72-hour period depending on option selected when booking. Buses run regularly giving you flexibility to discover the city at your leisure. The bus route takes you through Grant Park
From $40.00
Chicago Segway Tour
"The tour begins with a 30 minute training session. You'll glide from the peninsula through Museum Campus to the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. Then you'll cruise along Lakeshore Drive at the edge of Lake Michigan all the way to Millennium Park a the Lincoln statue Buckingham Fountain and of course ride the coolest machine in the world the entire time! As you cruise along Lake Michigan through Grant Park and the Museum Campus you will receive a great orientation informative historical and current-day information
From $65.00

Shedd Aquarium Tips (57)

Shedd Aquarium

Take a visit to the world's largest indoor aquarium & one of the oldest public aquariums in the world. You'll be able to explore an exotic world with 8,000 aquatic animals - from anemones to seals, dolphines, whales in thier habitat. The Oceanarium was wonderful & Amazon Rising was one of my favourites... So come and explore yourself!

The photo on the left are beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas). They are often called "canaries of the sea" because of their vocalization abilities, they produce sounds in their nasal passages and broadcast them through their blowholes. Belugas live in the cold waters near the Arctic Circle. They have stocky, cigar-shaped bodies protected by 2 separate layers of blubber to help keep them warm in order to survive in the icy habitat. The blubber can actually make up 40% of their total body weight. In addition, their skin color, which changes from gray at birth to creamy white as an adult, is uniquely suited to help them blend in with the background of arctic ice.

Hours (close on Christmas Day):
Winter (Labor Day - Memorial Day)
9am - 5pm weekdays (till 6pm on weekends)
Summer (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
9am - 6pm, Thursdays till 10pm (Oceanarium closes @ 8pm)

Prices (last ticket sold 45 minutes before closing):
US$23 Adults
US$16 Children (3-11 years) / Seniors (65+)
Do check on their website for free days of the year. You can use your Chicago CityPass which will save you about 50% and also at other attractions. If you haven't got one, it's worth getting one if you plan to visit more attractions listed on the pass. See General Tips for more details.

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Jan 25, 2005

John G Shedd Aquarium

In my opinion the best part of the Aquarium is the Oceanarium. In the marine mammal pavilion you will see beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Alaskan sea otters and seals in a re-creation of a Pacific Northwest coastal environment. The place is really great. I especially liked the Animal Underwater Viewing area. It gave me a different perspective to see the marine mammals.

There is a dolphin and whales show. You will see them diveing and tail bobbing The show takes place in the amphitheater during the Marine Mammal Presentations. I checked when the show starts in the programme given to me at the entrance.

Besides the Oceanarium, in the other areas there were variety of tropical Caribbean animals including sharks, eel, sea turtles and colorful fish.

Took me about 3 hours.

As far as I remember I paid about USD 19.

Working hours:
Memorial Day - Labor Day
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursdays, June - August
9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
(Oceanarium closes at 8 p.m.)

Labor Day - Memorial Day
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. winter weekdays
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. winter weekends
Closed Christmas day

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Oct 10, 2004

Shedd Aquarium

One of the largest indoor aquariums in the world! It sits right on the edge of Lake Michgan and includes a large Oceanarium with whale and dolphin exhibits! The huge picture windows on the back of the oceanarium overlooking the lake are designed to make it feel like the whale and dolphin tanks are connected to the lake! The area in front of the aquarium offers excellent views of the skyline!

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Nov 07, 2002

Shedd Aquarium

I recently visited this place for a second time and it's still pretty incredible. Inside you can find tons and tons of sealife. But I'd also encourage you to visit the part with the bigger ocean life, such as dolphins and penguins and such. There's even a corny show where they do tricks. Anyway, this place is well-worth it.

Aug 26, 2002
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I have a mixed feeling about this aquarium. On one hand it exposes people to all kind of aquatic animals. On the other hand the live shows might be a little to much. I went once and I would probably never go again. It kinda reminded me of a circus where they train animals to do all these stupid things (and mistreat them along the way numerous times). Actually, there was a demonstration outside the aquarium against the live shows when I was there. We could see the people who were protesting outside the glass windows.

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Aug 26, 2002

The Shedd Aquarium is...

The Shedd Aquarium is definitely worth the trip. I've seen aquariums around the world and what is most unique about the Shedd is it's amazing architecture. Art deco decor and finishing details on a building created especially for it's function. Beautiful!

btw...not to discount Shedd, but the best overall aquarium (in the World) has got to be the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.

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Aug 25, 2002

A view to the city from the...

A view to the city from the Aquarium environs
It's very beautiful, especially in good weather. All Chicago reveals itself to your sight. All skyscrapers are easily seen as well as the Michigan lake which is very nice under the sun. You won't get such panorama even if you'll climb to the top of the highest Chicago (and world) building - Sears Tower.

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Aug 25, 2002

Shedd Aquarium

This place was great. Dolphins, beluga whales, otters, you name it they had it. One of the belugas was amusing himself by blowing bubble rings and chasing after them to bite them. It was hilarious! The dolphins are also showoffs, they kept jumping up in front of those with cameras, and there were no trainers around making them do it!

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Aug 25, 2002
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John G Shedd Aqaurium

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Home to a vast assortment of aquatic life, amphibians and polar mammals. The aquarium so sectioned into different themes like the Amazon, and Freshwater fish and there is a seahorse exhibit. The Oceanarium is home to Beluga whales, penguins and otters. For more pictures please see my
Aquarium Travelogue.

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Aug 25, 2002

i think that everyone should...

i think that everyone should go to the Shedd Aquarium. why? pq IT HAS FISH IN IT. what more reason do you need? it's like heaven... i think heaven is going to be a big body of water and you get to still look like a human but you can swim with the fishies as much as you want...
but i digress...
FISH. lots of fish. and this really funny turtle that moves something like once every three hours. there was a huge crowd of people standing around its tank, waiting for it to move. rather funny.

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Aug 24, 2002

Visit The Shedd Aquarium.

Supose to be the world's largest indoor aquarium with more than 8,000 aquatic animals representing more than 700 species from all parts of the world.

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May 26, 2011

Lots of Fish

Make sure to buy your tickets ahead of time because lines can be long long long, if you do you can skip the line and oick them up at will call. Expensive but worth the visit.

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Apr 04, 2011

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Getting to Shedd Aquarium


1200 S Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605


  • Sunday 09:00 to 18:00
  • Monday 09:00 to 18:00
  • Tuesday 09:00 to 18:00
  • Wednesday 09:00 to 18:00
  • Thursday 09:00 to 18:00
  • Friday 09:00 to 18:00
  • Saturday 09:00 to 18:00