Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium is a world-class indoor aquarium, however ironically encased in a Greek Revival structure (it was built in 1930, after all). One of the world’s largest, it claims more than 30,000 aquatic creatures among a number of habitats, including the South Pole and the Amazon. Hands-down highlights: Abbott Oceanarium, where visitors get up close with beluga whales and dolphins; and the shark encounter, a 60-minute guided shark-feeding exploration. Purchase a Shedd Pass to avoid sticker shock.


9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Hours may vary or change.


4.4 1053 Google Reviews
  • Krisna Morales

    15 Aug 2017

    An AMAZING place and is always busy with visitors 👩‍👩‍👧‍👧👨‍👨‍👧‍👦so, PLAN YOUR TRIP WISELY! If you come on a Saturday in the summer then expect a line, it's as simple as that. The lines can get long but every time that I have visited the staff does it's best to get the line moving and answer any questions that one might have before getting into the building. Also a big personal suggestion is buying your ticket ahead of time online🎟. That you they can just scan 📲it and let you in, Super Easy! Another thing is food🍿, anything in the city can be expensive and at all the museums things can get pretty pricey🤑. So it's my advice to pack snacks! There are a few places to eat inside the building and also bring a water bottle💦. They have those cool water bottle stations at the water fountains. If you bring food you won't have to spend it on food there and could maybe splurge on something at the gift shop🐬. (Not gonna lie they have a pretty cool gift shop) When I visit there are usually things to really look out for. The Aquatic Presentation🐠🦑and the 4D experience🎥, those were the main shows that I saw but also there are these little chats that are at certain hours⏰. Those chats are like short little talks with someone who really knows about the animal🙋🏼🙋🏻‍♂️. I personally loved it because they really take the time to answer any and all questions you might have. This place is AMAZING and does a GREAT job at trying to accommodate to a lot of guests. You just have to do your part and plan ahead and usually everything works out pretty great! There is so much to do here so don't pass up the opportunity! 🦑🦀🐙🐠🦈🐋🐡

  • Andrew Miller

    23 Oct 2017

    Shedd aquarium earns a solid 4 out of 5 sharks. The global variety of freshwater is something to write home about. Amphibian exhibit was on point the best eye spy game I’ve ever played. Glad to have been able to take my beer almost everywhere. Got a chance to see them feeding baby shrimp to some of the reef fish, very cool. Dolphins were great, the fuzzy dudes from otter space were ever better. The entire place did feel super old and poorly maintained. Lines up front were kind of confusing at first. Biggest complaint is that most pictures don’t turn out due to oddly positioned lights. Really wanted a good picture of the jellyfish but couldn’t, due to glare.

  • Jumaria Perkins

    20 Nov 2017

    It was a great experience! My daughter loved all the exhibits and thr staff was very kind. She got her face painted and got some things from the gift shop. I also really enjoy the fact they cater to our military, my friend got in for free for her service. Also the food court actually has really good food, but it will cost you a pretty penny. Can't wait to come back in the summer to see what warm weather has to offer!

  • Meagan Rukavina

    4 Oct 2017

    I wish I had come here sooner! I don't know what kept me from going my whole 34 years but I wish I'd have been sooner! Otters are my favorite, I loved the live show and this aquarium was beyond a magical place! It can be pricey but we purchased a dinner package that included fireworks later but unfortunately, we were rained out. Coming in from out of town didn't help with getting a "rain check" on the fireworks option but such is life.. We were there for the aquarium anyhow. Expect to get there an hour early and research parking ahead of time. If you park in one of the lots, it'll be a slight walk. Also, expect to enjoy the majority of your day here. It's worth the money to take your time and learn about these animals, their habitats along with what Shedd's purpose and role is in helping these animals thrive and survive. It's a great trip for the entire family! There's bound to be something you will see that makes you feel like a kid again.

  • Dewey Hou

    24 Aug 2017

    Great aquarium! So much to see, but it tough to see it all in detail in one day (but it can be done). Everything is fantastic except for the 4D movie theater. At $5.00/person extra the movie we saw wasn't really worth the extra money. The aquatic show with the dolphins and other Shedd animals was superb. Go to the 10:30 AM show. Again, you need to get there early to get into the shows and see everything. Great walking path outside and gardens around the aquarium too!

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