• Shedd Aquarium - Chicago, Illinois

      Jellyfish at Shedd Aquarium
      Photo by Jan Ross
      There are over 32,500 animals on display in eight exhibit areas. The Aquarium has been open since 1930 and is a national historic landmark. The park hosts the oldest aquatic animal in the world, an Australian lungfish named Grandad who is at least 78 years old. Other popular animals are beluga whales, sea otters, harbor seals, sharks, live corals, eels, and hundreds of colorful fish. You can also see the world's largest spider, with a 12 inch leg span and watch penguins and dolphins at play.

      If you go:
      Be sure to attend the shows and visit the 4-D experience in Phelps Auditorium as they are not to be missed. Prepare to pay for parking as there is no free parking anywhere. The park has created a series of self-guided tours making it easier to see parts of the aquarium, see the website for times. The big news for 2013 is a special exhibit of translucent sea jellies.


      1200 South Lake Shore Drive
      Chicago, Illinois 60605 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Museum Information
      +1 (312) 939-2438