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||Contact:|
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 9am–5pm; Sat, Sun 9am–6pm.|
|Price:||Admission priced per exhibit: $8–$34.95, kids ages 3–11 $6–$25.95. Discounts for Chicago residents|
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Jazzin’ at the Shedd
The Shedd Aquarium's weekly summer concert series presents a rotating group of jazz bands on a lakeside terrace. Guests can sip on cocktails and listen to music or go inside and explore the aquarium, including popular exhibits like "Amphibians" and "Stingray...Wednesday September 2 2015Read more
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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.