Two of the aquarium entrances.
J.G. Shedd wanted to give the city of Chicago a gift and wanted it to be the best of all the major cities in Europe and the United States that had aquariums. He donated the money and selected the architects and the project began in the 1920’s for educational and scientific purposes. However he never saw it open as he passed away before the project was complete.
He came to Chicago as a young man from New England and started as a stock boy in the company that would become Marshall Field & Company and became the president of the company. His business colleagues became the board of directors and carried out his vision for this project. This is now part of the Museum Campus on the Chicago Lakefront and welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world.
The aquarium has grown and evolved over the years to educate and inspire people about conservation and protection of the Earth’s water systems. Today with the quarantine due to Covid-19, the penguins are helping in advertising reminding us all how to stay safe.
The aquarium houses fish and plants from all over the world in very natural settings. It also contains information and species from the mid-west as a part of the ongoing educational programs. The day I visited (before the quarantine) they had exhibits set up where you could touch the back of a sturgeon as they swam in the water. Also another area where you touched a very large starfish.
While this was not my first trip here, as in the past, I saw new things and learned more about what the Shedd is doing to educate us about how fragile the natural resources in the world are. When you visit I hope you leave understanding a little bit more about what we can do to protect the natural world.
This is currently closed to all visitors but they have online resources available to all. I am only sharing a few photos from this visit and will have more information and photos to follow. When travel returns this is a great location to add to your list of places to visit for travelers of all ages.