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Soundings at Shedd Aquarium

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1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
+1 312-692-3277
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09:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:30
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Estero, Florida
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

After waiting in an incredibly long line to get into the aquarium itself, we found that this overpriced restaurant did not meet our expectations. It was "seat yourself style" after ordering your food, which was difficult as there were no clean tables to sit at. After roaming about the room for 10 minutes, trying to find a clean table, a... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

We went, expecting something a little nicer, since it was a "sit down" place. It wasn't very busy, but there were no tables by the windows. The food was pretty good and the waiter was very attentive and nice, but it was less than I expected.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

The food at this restaurant is well prepared and the decor is elegant. The aquarium makes for an amazing experience. Add this place to your visit to Chicago!

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1 Thank Elizabeth E
Mysuru (Mysore), India
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124 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

After going round the aquarium, we came here to have some lunch. We had ordered Spinach fita flat bread, Mediterranean vegetarian roll and croissant. They were very tasty. The lake view and the chicago skyline add a charm to this place. Over all we had a nice and relaxing experience here.

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2 Thank saradabhagavathy
Chicago, Illinois
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77 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

I think this is one of those "hidden" gems on the lake! This restaurant is located on the upper level of the Shedd Aquarium, and offers up a wonderful selection of food, and if you are lucky enough to get a table by a window, the view of the lake is incredible!

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

A visit to Shedd Aquarium can easily last all day, so a pleasant lunch might be in order. The view of Like Michigan and Chicago is wonderful, and the menu is pleasant. I enjoyed a salad of Gorgonzola, pears, and walnuts.

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1 Thank Zoogoer
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

Very nice aquarium. Lovely shows (I saw the 4D movie and the aquatic show) both of which were great. There is so much to do and see. However it is very crowed and the food and gift shop merchandise is very expensive.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

I found the right side of Soundings to be very similar to Starbucks with about the same prices. The quality of the food was very good. They had coffee, sandwiches, drinks, muffins, and cute animal cut out sugar cookies. There is a small bar area to sit and eat or you can take your food and find another place to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

It is preferred over the food court downstairs; however, it is pricier. You can get better food outside the Shedd

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Thank FelixCon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

I was surprised to find such a nice place in the aquarium for lunch. I expected a loud cafeteria with cold food but we found great service with a great view. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. I would certainly return upon our next visit to the museum!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 17:30
Monday
09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:30
Thursday
09:00 - 16:30
Friday
09:00 - 16:30
Saturday
09:00 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > South Loop
  • Neighbourhood: South Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-692-3277

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Staying in South Loop

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South Loop
This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you happen to visit during football season, you may bump into a boisterous few fans on their way to a Bears game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park is one of Chicago’s premier locations for green space and recreation with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Take a stroll down memory lane in the historic Prairie District where you can enjoy views of old historic homes. Restaurants, theaters, and clubs are spread throughout the neighborhood along with a collection of burger joints along Michigan Avenue just across from the park.
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