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John G. Shedd Aquarium Photo courtesy of Shedd Aquarium
  • 1200 S Lake Shore Dr

    Chicago, IL 60605

  • Phone: 312-939-2438


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Shedd is Chicago's most popular attraction. Once you're inside its obvious why. The largest indoor aquarium guides the viewer through the world's many marine habitats, from the entertaining colony of Falkland penguins to the exotic Amazon. Watch divers as they feed sea turtles, stingrays, sharks and tropical fish in the Caribbean Reef's circular viewing tank. A perpetual highlight is the Oceanarium where dolphins and beluga whales spread their infectious joy. Finally, the towering Wild Reef tank creates the feeling of being underwater. Get close and eye the sharks of several feet gliding above.

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Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"Avoiding the entrance line can be difficult. Try early on weekdays."


Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: Animal encounter experiences allow guests visiting the Shedd Aquarium to get close to belugas and penguins.