Chicago's Top 10 : John G. Shedd Aquarium

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The eponymous John G. Shedd, president of Marshall Field’s department store, donated this Beaux Arts aquarium to Chicago in 1929. One of the city’s top attractions ever since, it houses some 25,500 marine animals representing 2,100 different species that include amphibians, fish, and aquatic mammals. The latter romp in the saltwater of the 1991-built glass-walled Oceanarium, which places an infinity pool in front of Lake Michigan to transporting effect.

  • 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr

  • 312 939 2438


  • El station: Roosevelt (Green, Orange, & Red lines)

  • Open summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day): 9am–6pm daily, (to 10pm Thu Jun–Aug); winter: 9am–5pm Mon–Fri, 9am–6pm Sat & Sun

  • Adm.: $23; children (3–11) & seniors $16. 4-D All-Access Pass: $27.50; children and seniors $20.50

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Aquarium Guide

Consult the day’s event schedule – which is printed on the map you’re given – to get the most out of your visit. Try to arrive 10–15 minutes early for an Oceanarium Show to get the best seats, and remember that the 20–30 minute Habitat Chats often follow the shows. There are special events for the little ones on Tuesdays – call the Aquarium for more information.

Aquarium Plan

Choose one of three dining options at the Shedd: the sit-down Soundings serves upscale fare with stellar lake views; the Bubble Net Food Court offers pizzas, sandwiches, and burgers; or you can brown bag it at one of the picnic tables.

Don’t miss the Shedd’s underwater viewing galleries.

Check out Jazzin’ at the Shedd on Thursdays (5–10pm, adm $10) from June through August.

Top 10 Exhibits
  1. Caribbean Coral Reef

    This vibrant tropical tank contains glinting tarpon, bonnethead sharks, fluttering rays, and many other fish. A scuba diver hand-feeds them six times daily, narrating his task via an underwater microphone.

  2. Oceanarium

    Underwater galleries afford incredible views of the likes of dolphins and beluga whales swimming through the Oceanarium’s vast pools. It is bordered by rocky outcrops and towering pines in an amazing re-creation of the Pacific Northwest coast.

    The Oceanarium
  3. Wild Reef

    Gain a daring diver’s perspective of whitetip reef, blacktip reef, sandbar, and zebra sharks. The Sawfish and fearsome Lionfish happily hold their own amid the predator school.

  4. Habitat Chats

    Oceanarium staffers hold daily discussions about the beluga whales, sea otters, and gentoo and rockhopper penguins in their charge. Twice daily there are also chats covering a changing roster of fish from the aquarium.

  5. Waters of the World

    Themed tanks hold over 90 recreated aquatic habitats, including Ocean Coasts, Tropical Waters, and Africa, Asia, and Australia. An Australian lungfish, known as “Grandad”, has been a resident since 1933.

  6. Special Exhibit Gallery

    This 3,600 sq ft (334 sq m) special exhibit gallery is located on the mezzanine level of the Oceanarium and features changing exhibits focused on aquatic animals.

  7. Amazon Rising

    Demonstrating the huge seasonal tides of the world’s longest river, this exhibit presents a year in the life of the Amazon flood plain. Look out for the ferocious red-bellied piranha.

  8. Animal Encounters

    Get up close and personal with Chilean rose tarantulas, African bullfrogs, and red-tailed boas in handler-controlled encounters, twice daily.

  9. 4-D Special FX Theater

    The whole family will enjoy this hi-tech theater experience. The “special FX seats” bombard the spectator with bubbles, wind, smells, sounds, and all manner of surprises.

  10. Oceanarium Shows

    Four or five times a day trainers put the belugas and dolphins through their paces. Children are chosen from the audience to reward the animals’ intrepid feats (such as tail-walking, and vocalizing) with tasty treats.

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