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$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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
John G Shedd Aqaurium
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
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.
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.
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.