Shedd Aquarium

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Anchoring the aquatic offerings at this 75-year-old institution are enduring favorites such as piranhas, frogs and snakes of the Amazon; rays, turtles and moray eel of the Caribbean; frightening predator sharks and, the most storied of them all, a 100-plus-year-old Australian lungfish believed to be the longest-living fish in any aquarium in the world. A 2009 rehab of the Oceanarium gave Shedd a lifelike river and tide-pool, a reworked otter habitat, and an attempt to revamp its daily mammal presentations with choreography. 

Venue name: Shedd Aquarium
Address: 1200 S Lake Shore Dr

Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm; Sat, Sun 9am–6pm.
Transport: Bus:12,130,146.
Price: Admission priced per exhibit: $8–$34.95, kids ages 3–11 $6–$25.95. Discounts for Chicago residents

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Clayton Guse

They have more types of fishes than you ever knew existed. There are dolphins, a beluga whale and the most adorable baby sea otter on this side of the Mississippi River.

Admission is reasonable, but if you want to see the super crazy stuff like a dolphin do a backflip, you'll have to cough up some extra coin.

Swimming with the animals is not allowed, but if you spend a year or two befriending the Shedd's staff, someone might let you slap on a suit and take a dip with the cephalopods. It almost certainly won't happen, but you never know.