Shedd Aquarium

Aquarium in Pilsen & Near South Side

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Top draws at the kiddie-mobbed Shedd Aquarium include the Wild Reef exhibit, where there's just 5in of Plexiglas between you and two-dozen fierce-looking sharks, and the Oceanarium, with its rescued sea otters. Note the Oceanarium also keeps beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins, a practice that has become increasingly controversial in recent years.

General admission includes all of the aforementioned exhibits. The 4-D movies cost extra ($5 each).Lines can be very long here, especially in summer. Tickets purchased online at least one day in advance provide faster, priority entry for no extra charge.