John G Shedd Aquarium

1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 Directions
Today 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Open All Hours
+13129392438
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About this business

  • Cuisine
    American, Seafood, Cafe, Traditional, Catering
  • Meals
    Lunch
  • Website
    sheddaquarium.org
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • Hours
    Sun-Sat 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    American, Seafood, Cafe, Traditional, Catering
  • Meals
    Lunch
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    No
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
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Sarah Y.
Verified
Report | 18 hours ago
Go early for good parking and to be closer in the line at will call. Loved the 4D Ice Age movie and the Penguins the best.
Jeet G.
Verified
Report | 19 hours ago
Get there early to make sure shows aren't sold out and to avoid long lines
Sharon T.
Verified
Report | a day ago
Be prepared for a long walk for parking. We were amazed at how far we had to walk; we thought what a fun idea for a cold winter day. Never again. And then when we got to the main entrance, we had to wait about 30 minutes outside in the cold before we even got into the door. We enjoyed the reefs.
gina g.
Verified
Report | 5 days ago
It will take about 4 hours to see everything. To get close parking get there when they open at 9.
Amy S.
Verified
Report | 5 days ago
We had a great experience
Lori
Verified
Report | 5 days ago
Don't go the same weekend as the car show! Parking was crazy! Handicap parking was blocked off!!
Nancy H.
Verified
Report | 5 days ago
Don't go on free days for Illinois residents. Definitely get the all access pass.
Crystal B.
Verified
Report | 5 days ago
It's was super fun! Make sure you see the aquatics show and 4d movie. Also be sure to check for events prior to going, the traffic was horrible because of the auto show. I would say set aside at least 4 hours of your day to visit.
April C.
Verified
Report | 5 days ago
Wear comfortable shoes.
Karen G.
Verified
Report | 5 days ago
Dolphin Show was very different than from past visits - no tricks but a few hand signal performances and a video in background.
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From Our Editors

Chicago might be far from any ocean, but that obstacle didn't stop it from pioneering the first permanent inland saltwater aquarium in the country. Thanks to civic leader John G. Shedd’s drive and contribution of $3 million paid for nearly a million gallons of seawater transported by rail from Florida’s coast, by 1930 the city hosted exhibits large enough to accommodate a wide variety of marine species–sea mammals as well as fish.

Today, Shedd’s dream continues to thrive with the aquarium’s scores of undersea creatures—from sharks and dolphins to vibrant sea cucumbers—showcased in educational, eye-catching exhibits. The permanent collection spirits visitors from the Great Lakes to the Amazon River to the waters of the Pacific Northwest. The resident critters often share their turf with temporary guests such as sea jellies and stingrays, who fill dramatic special exhibits.

The most exciting animal encounters, however, may come via the year-round aquatic show. Trainers demonstrate the natural behaviors of sea lions, dolphins, and even beluga whales. They have some four-legged company, too: a trio of rescue dogs often appear alongside their finned adoptive family, demonstrating how learning through positive reinforcement transcends boundaries between species.

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JelliesFive Reasons to Visit (or Revisit) the Shedd Aquarium's Jellies Exhibit

Here’s why these lovable blobs are worth a first, second, or even fifth visit.

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