Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois in the United States 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. Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. It is surrounded by Museum Campus Chicago, which it shares with the Adler Planetarium a...

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  • A Northern Sea Otter Pup Rescue Story
    Recently Shedd Aquarium teamed up with the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in Seward, Alaska, to send two Animal Response Team staff members to assist with rehabilitation and care for a rescued orphaned northern sea otter pup. After being rescued on March 15, the pup was deemed nonreleasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the rehabilitation process began immediately. The male otter pup was e...
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  • BLU 2017: BLU goes GREEN
    Party for the planet with BLU, our Auxiliary Board's signature summer event. Dance the night away in our green garden, sample local dishes from Chicago's trendiest restaurants and meet "celebrity" guests (some of the 32,000 animals who model sustainable living).
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  • Saving a Stranded Beluga
    Shedd’s Animal Response Team was in action again, traveling to Canada to help rescue a stranded beluga whale! The young whale had been spotted in the Nepisiguit River near Bathurst, New Brunswick over the last few weeks. While the beluga appeared active, the river habitat doesn’t provide the resources this sizable animal needs to thrive, and so action was needed!
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  • Saving a Stranded Beluga
    Shedd’s Animal Response Team was in action again, traveling to Canada to help rescue a stranded beluga whale! The young whale had been spotted in the Nepisiguit River near Bathurst, New Brunswick over the last few weeks. While the beluga appeared active, the river habitat doesn’t provide the resources this sizable animal needs to thrive, and so action was needed! Canada’s Department of Fisheries ...
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  • Join Us for Jazzin' at the Shedd!
    Every Wednesday evening during the summer, enjoy live jazz, cool drinks and a relaxed visit with 32,000 animals. Take in the Chicago skyline while listening to some of our area's top jazz musicians. It's the perfect way to savor the summer! Get your tickets today at www.sheddaquarium.org/jazzin. Jazzin' at the Shedd is sponsored by Chase.
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  • Celebrate World Oceans Day with Shedd Aquarium
    This World Oceans Day, we have one simple ask: #SheddTheStraw to keep our oceans clean and help the animals you love! Americans use 500 million straws EVERY DAY. Because these straws never really biodegrade, they end up in our oceans and rivers, where they can harm animals. Learn how you can #SheddTheStraw to help our oceans at www.sheddaquarium.org/sheddthestraw!
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  • Make a Difference for Animals
    Shedd Aquarium has been committed to caring for and conserving threatened and endangered species within our habitats and in the wild for more than 50 years. We can be counted on to take in and care for illegal shipments of rare corals and endangered fishes from our U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partners, to educate our guests on the 58 species at Shedd that are at risk of disappearing from the pl...
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  • Increasing Access to Shedd
    Every visit to Shedd sparks compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. To foster these connections, we’re announcing a simplified ticket package. Beginning July 1, 2017, general admission to Shedd will now include all of the aquarium’s permanent exhibits, aquatic presentations, hands-on experiences and the 32,000 animals who call Shedd home*. For Chicago locals, this cha...
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  • Unbelievable Lives Here
    Unbelievable. Unforgettable. At Shedd Aquarium every visit brings you face to face with animals that seem to come from another world. Be amazed by seahorse dads giving birth or the delicate flutter of a lionfish’s venomous spines. Seeing is believing. Get your tickets today at www.sheddaquarium.org/unbelievable.
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  • Training Time with Makoa
    Tune in to a training session with Pacific white-sided dolphin Makoa! These voluntary sessions provide exercise and stimulation, deepen our caregivers' bonds with Makoa and let him participate in his own care.
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  • Bahamas: Tracking Nassau Groupers
    Shedd Aquarium has a long history of marine research and conservation efforts in the Bahamas, a country we’ve highlighted in our exhibits since we opened in 1930. A new multiyear study focusing on Nassau groupers deepens our commitment to the country’s fragile ecosystems and the people who depend on them. Growing up to a substantial 4 feet and 50 pounds, this grouper is one of the most important ...
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  • The Problem with Plastics
    The straw in your drink seems small, but the 500 million single-use plastic straws American use every day add up to a big problem for our oceans, lakes and rivers. Join us in making a difference. Say “no thanks” to single-use plastic straws and embrace reusable or biodegradable alternatives. Join us in making a difference. Say “no thanks” to single-use plastic straws and embrace reusable or biode...
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  • #SheddTheStraw for Earth Day
    As we gear up for Earth Day, April 22, what better time to note that 70 percent of the planet we share is covered by water? Celebrate the aquatic world—and the importance of protecting it—with Shedd Aquarium! Join us April 22 to learn how we can all help protect our waters and the animals that call them home. www.sheddaquarium.org/earthday
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  • Penguin Nest-Building at Shedd
    Love is in the air at Shedd! Our male Magellanic and rockhopper penguins are busy building nests in hopes of attracting a mate. Our animal care experts place rocks and twigs - the perfect building materials - in the penguin habitat to let the males show off their nest-building skills. If you visit in April or May, you might see penguins keeping their eggs warm by sitting on them.
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  • Puzzle Play with Sea Otter Mari
    Puzzle feeders offer our sea otters a fun, full-body workout, from brain to paws! Watch as Mari pushes a food-filled toy from one end of the maze to the other in this voluntary play session. Thanks to our partners at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering for building this amazing piece of enrichment for us! Learn how Mari originally came to Shedd as a rescue at http://bit.ly...

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