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John G. Shedd Aquarium

Category: Entertainment, Attractions
Working Hours
Sunday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
General Info
1200 Lake Shore Drive
Chicago,
IL
60605
Phone
(312) 939-2438

The world's largest assortment of finned, gilled, amphibious, and other aquatic creatures swims within the marble-clad confines of the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Though it could simply rest on its superlative exhibits - like beluga whales in a 4 million gallon (15 million liter) aquarium - the Shedd makes a point of trying to tie concepts of ecosystems, food webs, and marine biology into its presentation of super cool animals.

Permanent exhibits include the multilevel Oceanarium, which mimics ocean conditions off the northwest coast of North America. The beluga whales inside are remarkably cute creatures that come from the pint-size end of the whale scale. Their humped heads and natural “smiles” make them look eerily human. You'll also see Pacific white-sided dolphins, harbor seals, and sea otters.

Don't linger only on the main floor; you can go underneath the cement seats and watch the mammals from below through viewing windows. The “Wild Reef” exhibit will have sharkophiles and sharkophobes equally entranced; over a dozen sharks cut through the waters in a simulation of a Philippines reef ecosystem. And the “Amazon Rising” exhibits offer a captivating look at a year in the Amazon River and rain forest.

Admission
Adults $27, Children (3-11yrs) $20
Payment Methods
Parking
  • Street
2013 free days

January: 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29
February: 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26
March: 4, 5,11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
June: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18
September: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October: 7, 14, 21, 28
November: 4, 11, 18, 25
December: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30