Shedd Aquarium

4.5/5 (15 Reviews)
The Shedd Aquarium lies on the shores of Lake Michigan, a gateway to an underwater world unlike anything you've ever experienced. Come eye-to-eye with a piranha (safely!), and meet the newest family member, a baby beluga named Naya. This watery world includes 32,500 marine animals and 80 different habitats — plus a polar play zone for kids.
Gate Price
Adult: $30.95
Child: $21.95

Shedd Aquarium has created a special pass available exclusively to Go Select customers! In addition to general admission, this special pass gets you access to multiple exhibits including Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, the Abbott, Oceanarium and the Polar Play Zone!

The variety of sea life and diverse aquatic habitats at the Shedd Aquarium make it a popular Chicago destination. The aquarium is conveniently located right on the shores of Lake Michigan but serves as a gateway for visitors to experience aquatic life all over the world. You’ll see everything from sharks, dolphins, and beluga whales to small monkeys, frogs, and species of birds. The aquarium is also home to ‘Granddad’, Shedd’s resident lungfish and oldest aquarium fish in the world at over 80 years old.

The Shedd Aquarium Go Select option includes general admission and exclusive access to the following exhibits:

  • Waters of the World: Travel the world from the rivers of Asia to the Great Lakes at home with 80 habitats and explore the diverse ecosystems and their fascinating animal populations on display.
  • Caribbean Reef: Take a 360 degree tour of an underwater reef community occupied by sea turtles, moray eels, rays, bright colored tropical fish, and even sharks
  • Amazon Rising: Explore the terrain and animal life unique to the Amazon. You’ll see indigenous species from both the dry season and the flood season when rains raise the river as much as 30 feet.
  • Abbott Oceanarium: Fresh water meets the ocean in the vibrant coastal ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest. This unique seascape is home to beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, fishes, and invertebrates.
  • Wild Reef: This award-winning exhibit takes visitors on a trip to a fishing village where residents saved their coral reef from destruction. You’ll get a diver’s-eye view of sharks, stingrays, live coral, and other sea life unique to reef life in the Philippines.
  • Polar Play Zone: Kids can step into a penguin suit and try out life as a bird in the Icy South or learn about marine life explorations in the waters of the Icy North in a kid-sized submarine.

Reviews for Shedd Aquarium

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 4.5 out of 5 stars (based on 15 customer ratings)
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[11 of 11 customers found this review helpful]

Great but some misleading information
By absngl Verified Reviewer from Toledo, OH on
Pros:
Loved Oceanarium, Amazing exhibits, Wild Reefs Was Just Great, Long 'will Call' Line
Cons:
Long 'will Call' Line, No Jellies Included,

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

A must see place in Chicago. I bought two Chicago family FunPass and was very happy with it. However, I was told at The Shedds admission counter that GoSelect pass does not include Jellies show, as advertised by smart Destinations on their page. So I had to pay additional 8 dollars (2 x $4) to get admission to see Jellies show. Also, they charge additional 4 dollars each to experience aquatic show and 4D show. So essentially, I ended up paying $12 more (each ticket) to see all three shows excluded in this pass.

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Amazing Aquarium
By b_ricketts Verified Reviewer from Canada,Ontario on
Pros:
Lots to see, Bump Up The Huge Line, Amazing exhibits
Cons:
Had To Pay For Extras,
Best Uses:
For everyone,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

There was a huge line we got to bump up the line and bump up the go line to the membership line. There is a lot to do and see here. A lot of aquatic life that I have never seen before. It takes a couple of hours to see everything.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Place OK. Overpriced and too crowded
By From North Verified Reviewer from Winnipeg, MB on
Pros:
Aquatic Show
Cons:
Show Price Not Included Crowd
Best Uses:
Cut Waiting Time
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

Good to cut the first waiting line. Then we got to the aquatic show and were told to go back to entrance to pay $20 extra! Kids did love the dolphin show, as this is rare in Midwest.

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Lovely Place to Visit!
By Veronica the GREAT! from San Jose, CA on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

This place was such a nice place to visit. I visit the MOnterey Bay Aquatruim frequently but Monterey does not have an Amazon jungle river exhibit! The Beluga whale is also precious!!!! Monterey Bay does not have a Beluga, dolphins or the Amzazon exhibit.

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I would buy this product again
By vikas Verified Reviewer from madison , wi on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

should go in the start as it takes a lot of time (though you will nt stop watching this)

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Awesome
By Jp from Wisconsin on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

Skipping the line at the entrance saved us about a 1 1/2 hour wait!!!! And with the go select card we also skipped the will call line too! That made it worth every penny!!

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[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Skip the aquatic show
By French connection Verified Reviewer from Montreal QC on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

Wonderful aquarium and amazing location! But don't waste your time and money to see the aquatic show. What a let down! We almost left during the performance and only stayed by respect to the artists (?) who have to perform this boring show over and over again...

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[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

BIG and Beautiful!
By dorko135 Verified Reviewer from San Antonio, TX on
Pros:
Neat dolphin show, Awesome otter exhibit, Great exhibits
Cons:
Too big for one day,
Best Uses:
Family outting,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

Had a great time with the family and would go again. I would set aside a whole day to spend at the aquarium, there's a lot to see.

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

AMAZING
By Hanna from Hungary on
Pros:
Good restaurant, The dolphin show is Nr1, Children friendly, The animals are well kept
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

It was the first experience of my life to go to an aquarium. I can't find the words. It was fantastic.

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[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Good for all the family
By Lawrence Verified Reviewer from Manchester England on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shedd Aquarium:

Everyone in the family will enjoy the visit as seeing ocean creatures is always good fun, the children will love the Dolphin show - don't miss it !!

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Phone: (312) 939-2438

Address

1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
in the Museum Campus area of Grant Park
Chicago, IL 60605

Hours

Weekdays: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Weekends and Holidays: 9:00 am–6:00 pm
Extended Summer Hours: Daily, 9:00 am–6:00 pm
(Memorial Day–Labor Day).

Note

Insider Tip: Don’t miss the award-winning Caribbean Reef, an awe-inspiring 360-degree tour of a 90,000-gallon underwater reef that features sea turtles, rays, and even sharks!

Closings

Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Address

1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
in the Museum Campus area of Grant Park
Chicago, IL 60605

Public Transportation

Take CTA: Red, Orange, or Green Line to the Roosevelt Road/Museum Campus stop. Take CTA bus #146 from points north or south.

Driving Directions

From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 18th Street. Follow Museum Campus Drive around Soldier Field. Signs will indicate visitor parking. Shedd Aquarium is just north of the parking garage and the Field Museum.

Priority Entry! Please go to the will-call window line and present your Chicago Go Select Card for admission.

On rare occasions this attraction closes early due to private functions outside of the control of Go Chicago Card.

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