Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago (must see)

The John G. Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago that opened on May 30, 1930. The aquarium contains 32,000 animals and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons (19,000,000 l; 4,200,000 imp gal) of water. The Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. In 2015, the aquarium had 2.02 million visitors. It was the most visited aquarium in the U.S. in 2005, and in 2007, it surpassed the Field Museum as the most popular cultural attraction in Chicago. It contains 1500 species including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects.

In 1971, the Shedd Aquarium added one of its most popular exhibits, a 90,000-US-gallon (340,000 liter) exhibit reproducing a Caribbean coral reef. In 1991, the Shedd Aquarium opened its Oceanarium, a large addition to the aquarium that features many marine mammals, including Pacific white-sided dolphins, belugas, sea otters and California sea lions, as well as penguins, that are located in the Polar Play Zone. The Oceanarium is the largest indoor marine mammal facility in the world.

The 4D experience includes a 3D film with interactive seats, high-tech audio and interactive elements like scents and bubbles. Films shown have included Coastal Predators, Sea Monsters, SpongeBob SquarePants, Planet Earth, Ice Age, Dora the Explorer, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (seasonal), and the Polar Express (seasonal).

Tip:
Once inside you are advised to get (free) reservations for the Oceanarium show. There are machines that allow you to scan your tickets and chose your time. Once you have made your reservations, remember to arrive a little early to find a seat.
If you get to the aquarium early there will be plenty of time to see most if not all the other exhibits before the Oceanarium show. And do go early as the line to get in later in the day can be quite long.
On Wednesdays, you can sit on the grass and listen to Jazz while looking out over Lake Michigan. Bring your own basket, or try one of the great meals at the Shedd...

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Shedd Aquarium
Sight Location: Chicago, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

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