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@2x 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@2x 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 55

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.

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 →

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