The Shedd Aquarium's weekly summer concert series presents a rotating group of jazz bands on a lakeside terrace. Guests can sip on cocktails and listen to music or go inside and explore the "Wild Reef" or "Amphibians" exhibits.
|Venue name:||Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, IL||Contact:|
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 9am–5pm; Sat, Sun 9am–6pm.|
|Transport:||Bus: 12, 130, 146.|
|Price:||$20, advance $18|
Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
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Unfortunately, I seem to be in the minority when it comes to my review. I paid $20 per person, expecting that this would include at least one drink, but all drinks were for sale only, from $7-16, small, and served in plastic cups. I didn't even check the food prices. The music was good, but the event was so crowded (I would guess 200 people) that seating was limited, and I ended up wandering around with my drink in hand, and nowhere to sit to appreciate the live music. The aquarium is nice, but it was a little hard to see the tanks because of the number of people, and many of the tanks had low light or lights turned off, to simulate nighttime (good for the fish, less good for the eyes!). People were dressed to the nines - a little overdressed in my opinion, and there was an unpleasant atmosphere of everyone wanting to "be seen and feel special" rather than enjoying what we came for: jazz music, a nice atmosphere, and some nice aquarium exhibits. Overall, it felt too contrived, too crowded, and too expensive for what I was expecting.