Shedd Aquarium

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Anchoring the aquatic offerings at this 75-year-old institution are enduring favorites such as piranhas, frogs and snakes of the Amazon; rays, turtles and moray eel of the Caribbean; frightening predator sharks and, the most storied of them all, a 100-plus-year-old Australian lungfish believed to be the longest-living fish in any aquarium in the world. A 2009 rehab of the Oceanarium gave Shedd a lifelike river and tide-pool, a reworked otter habitat, and an attempt to revamp its daily mammal presentations with choreography. 

Venue name: Shedd Aquarium
Address: 1200 S Lake Shore Dr

Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm; Sat, Sun 9am–6pm.
Transport: Bus:12,130,146.
Price: Admission priced per exhibit: $8–$34.95, kids ages 3–11 $6–$25.95. Discounts for Chicago residents
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Nick Kotecki

There are monkeys at this aquarium, and to me, that was the best part. The beluga whales are amazing, and so is the enormous 17-foot sawfish (you'll want to Google that fish), as well as the vertical tanks of shimmering seahorses, but overall, I'm just not a fish kind of guy. Shedd shouldn't bear the brunt of my distaste for marine wildlife, but I still feel the exhibits could have been a bit more varied. Like the rest of Chicago, the museum has a lot of everything, including the common staples, as for the exotic though, you may have to go elsewhere.

svandenack V

This is one of the best aquariums I have ever been to. There is such a wide variety of wildlife and plenty of information to learn more about the animals that are at the Shedd. Last time I went the jellyfish exhibit was extra but it was worth it.

Clayton Guse

They have more types of fishes than you ever knew existed. There are dolphins, a beluga whale and the most adorable baby sea otter on this side of the Mississippi River.

Admission is reasonable, but if you want to see the super crazy stuff like a dolphin do a backflip, you'll have to cough up some extra coin.

Swimming with the animals is not allowed, but if you spend a year or two befriending the Shedd's staff, someone might let you slap on a suit and take a dip with the cephalopods. It almost certainly won't happen, but you never know.