Shedd Aquarium is the ideal centerpiece of any leisurely stay in Chicago. The lakefront museum, built in the 1920s, is one of the world’s premier aquariums, houses more than 32,000 animals from more than 1,500 species. With more than 2 million visitors annually, the aquarium is one of Chicago’s top cultural attractions, providing a place for families and visiting vacationers to learn more about the life hiding beneath the surface of the world’s oceans, lakes and waterways.
Top exhibits at the Shedd Aquarium include Amazon Rising, the Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World and the Wild Reef. Each of the exhibits showcases sea life from various corners of the world, including species native to the waters of Lake Michigan, located just steps from Shedd.