Shedd Aquarium

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Encased in a handsome marble octagon overlooking the Lake, the Shedd is the world's largest indoor aquarium.


Fodor's Tick Choice

One of the most popular aquariums in the country, the Shedd houses more than 32,500 creatures from around the world. Full review →


Frommer's 34

The Shedd is one of the world's largest indoor aquariums and houses thousands of river, lake, and sea denizens in standard aquarium tanks and elaborate new habitats. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

Top draws at the kiddie-mobbed Shedd Aquarium include the Oceanarium, with its beluga whales and frolicking white-sided dolphins, and the shark exhibit. Full review →


Michelin Guide 53

The world's largest indoor aquarium. It houses some 8,000 aquatic animals comprising 650 species from around the globe. Full review →

Don't miss the new Fantasea marine show in the Oceanarium's amphitheater.

National Geographic

Popular lakefront aquarium with 1,000-seat amphitheater for dolphin shows Full review →


Not For Tourists

Marine and freshwater creatures from around the world are on view in this 1929 Classical Greek-inspired Beaux Arts structure. Full review →


Time Out

Anchoring the aquatic offerings at this 75-year-old institution are enduring favorites such as piranhas, frogs and snakes of the Amazon. Full review →



From frolicking sea otters to sharks and exotic eels, the Shedd Aquarium is home to an array of fascinating aquatic animals Full review →

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