The John G. Shedd Aquarium, a not-for-profit institution dedicated to public education and conservation, cares for more than 32,500 animals representing nearly 1,500 species from around the world. Beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium welcomes more than 2 million guests annually.
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NEWS RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Shedd Aquarium's New Outdoor Experience – Stingray Touch – Dives into Underwater World of Wonder
May 14, 2013 – Beginning May 17, Shedd Aquarium, a national leader in advanced aquatic science conservation and education, launches a one-of-a-kind experience to bring guests up-close to stingrays during a new seasonal outdoor experience – Stingray Touch, sponsored by Walgreens.
“Dive Deeper into Shedd” at Aquarium’s Signature Summer Soiree
April 25, 2013 – The Auxiliary Board of Shedd Aquarium invites you to celebrate in style at BLU, the hottest annual fundraising event in Chicago.
Two of Chicago's Very Own – Shedd Aquarium and WGN-TV – Team Up to Name Beluga Calf
April 22, 2013 – Shedd Aquarium’s biggest baby weighs 300 pounds at less than one year old, and the 6-foot-five-inch beluga whale calf is now ready for a name.
Shedd Aquarium Fills Summer Nights with Sips, Songs and Sealife at Jazzin’ at the Shedd
April 10, 2013 - On Wednesday, June 26, Shedd Aquarium launches the 19th season of its signature summer evening event series, Jazzin’ at the Shedd, sponsored by Bank of America.
Be Among the First to Experience Stingray Touch at Shedd
April, 8, 2013 - Feel the wonder and underwater grace of stingrays in a new hands-on experience at Shedd Aquarium, Stingray Touch, beginning Friday, May 17.
Shedd Aquarium Unveils Healthy Food Menu Options for Kids this Spring Break
March 26, 2013 - Just in time for spring break, Shedd Aquarium is cooking up a selection of healthy food choices for children ages 12 and under through a new partnership with Healthy Fare for Kids and Sodexo, the aquarium's food service provider.
Love Rocks at Shedd Aquarium! Penguins Build Literal Love Nests During Mating Season
March 21, 2013 - Spring isn’t the only new season in full swing at Shedd Aquarium. Penguins at the aquarium are preparing for breeding season.
Spring ‘Shedd’ule of Events
March 14, 2013 – Whether you want to get away to Chicago or explore the wonders of your hometown, don’t miss Shedd Aquarium and see what’s blooming inside and outside of Chicago’s iconic aquarium this spring!
Shedd Unveils Spring Plans for Outdoor Stingray Touch Experience
February 19, 2013 – Shedd Aquarium, a renowned leader in science education and immersive learning, will invite guests to explore the underwater grace and wonder of stingrays in a new hands-on special exhibit, Stingray Touch, opening April 27.
Shedd Offers Fin-tastic Spring Break Camp for Students
February 13, 2013 – Want to make a splash this Spring Break? Shedd Aquarium has the solution. For the first time, Shedd is offering a week-long camp, Spring Break Camp 2013, which takes educational explorers between the ages of 8 and 10 years old behind the scenes of the aquarium.
Dr. Bill Van Bonn Joins Shedd to Lead World-Class Animal Health Division
February 12, 2013 – Shedd Aquarium, a global leader in aquatic animal health and medicine, announces the addition of renowned veterinary medicine expert Bill Van Bonn, DVM, as vice president of animal health. With more than 20 years of clinical veterinary experience, Dr. Van Bonn strengthens the aquarium’s established animal care and health expertise, overseeing its diverse aquatic medicine initiatives as well as furthering innovative veterinary science at Shedd.
Shedd Aquarium Ranked First as Best-Attended Aquarium in the Country
January 31, 2013 – Nearly 2.17 million visitors discovered the wonders of the water world at Shedd Aquarium in 2012, earning Shedd the highest spot in attendance among all aquariums in the United States.
Chicago's Shedd Aquarium Making Waves to Become First Smart-Powered Aquarium in the Country
Jan. 28, 2013 – Shedd Aquarium, a leading global conservation and education organization, aims to cut energy consumption of the 83-year-old historic building in half by 2020 through a Master Energy Roadmap created in partnership with the City of Chicago, Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, the Institute for Sustainable Energy Development and the Citizens Utility Board.
Penguins Play at Shedd Aquarium
January 20, 2013 – Shedd Aquarium marks National Penguin Awareness Day on Sunday, Jan. 20 in pure penguin fashion – more fun enrichment toys! Celebrate these black and white birds with an inside look at the world-class care they receive at Shedd.
Shedd Offers Permanent Home for Blind Sea Lion Pup
January 16, 2013 – Shedd Aquarium, a nationally recognized leader in marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation work, announces the arrival of two rescued California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), including a pup that was found blinded from gunshot wounds.
Shedd Aquarium Rings in the New Year with Discount Days for Illinois Residents Throughout 2013
January 14, 2013 – Resolve to learn more about our local waters and ocean life around the world with a visit to Shedd Aquarium during the 2013 Illinois Resident Discount Days, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company.
Shedd Adds Three Asian Carp Found in Chicago's Humboldt Park Lagoon to Invasive Species Exhibit
Dec. 20, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium, a global leader in animal care and conservation, announced the addition of three large Asian carp – specifically bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) – to its Invasive Species exhibit, after they were discovered on Oct. 9 during strategic surveillance by Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) fisheries biologists at an inland lagoon at Chicago’s Humboldt Park.
Local Students Deck the Halls of Shedd Aquarium with Sustainable Splendor
Dec. 5, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium encourages Chicago-area classrooms to reduce, reuse and wreath-cycle this holiday season with its Wreath-Cycled Classroom Challenge, sponsored by the McDonald's Owner Operators of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (MOCNI).
Shedd Aquarium's Festive Family Favorite A Holiday Fantasea Returns with New “Must-Sea” Surprises
Nov. 18, 2012 – Return to Shedd for a ho-ho-host of holiday fun! Shedd Aquarium’s seasonal spectacle, A Holiday Fantasea, is back with new features and even more holiday merriment for the whole family.
Shedd, Revolution Brewing Team up to Offer
Sustainable Sips of Homegrown Suds
November 12, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium’s commitment to sustainability grows beyond the building walls into the award-winning Shedd Gardens where native plants and fresh produce provide shelter for wildlife and snacks for aquarium resident animals – and now, tasty hops for craft beer enthusiasts thanks to help from hometown brewery, Revolution Brewing.
Sled into a Holiday Fantasea at Shedd Aquarium
October 30, 2012 – Deck the halls of Shedd Aquarium! Beginning Sunday, Dec. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 22, Shedd transforms into a wintery, watery wonderland to celebrate a of week of holiday cheer.
It's a Girl! Shedd's Bouncing Baby Beluga Makes Public Debut
October 23, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium, a world-class leader in global marine mammal conservation and research, announced that the youngest member of the aquarium’s beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) family is a girl.
Shedd Aquarium Saddened by Loss of 1989 Oil Spill Sea Otter Survivor
October 10, 2012– Shedd Aquarium, a recognized leader in sea otter rehabilitation, is deeply saddened to announce that animal care and veterinary staff made the difficult decision to euthanize Kenai, a geriatric female and one of only two remaining sea otters rescued from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in U.S. zoos and aquariums, due to progressively deteriorating health and quality of life associated with advanced age.
Shedd and TARGET Team up to Bring Bus Fund Program
to Chicago Public Schools
October 4, 2012 – Following two successful years of partnership, Target has again teamed up with Shedd Aquarium to provide field trip assistance to economically disadvantaged schools in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system during the 2012-2013 academic year.
Chicago Bears’ J’Marcus Webb Joins Shedd for a Spook-tacular Night!
September 27, 2012 – What goes bump in the night at Shedd Aquarium? On Oct. 26, the Chicago Bears’ talented offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb joins costume-clad families at Shedd to discover the answer to that question at Spooky Seas, the aquarium’s annual Halloween nighttime event.
Shedd Aquarium Expands Global Conservation Research Division with Addition of New Scientists
September 27, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium has announced the hiring of three postdoctoral research associates to the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research.
Sea Treats & Trainer Chats for Sea Otters at Shedd Aquarium
September 23, 2012 – The spotlight is on Shedd Aquarium’s six sea otters Sept. 23-29 for the 10th annual Sea Otter Awareness Week.
Shedd Teams Up with Top Chicago Media - NBC5, Telemundo and Chicago Sun-Times - to Name Dolphin Calf
September 21, 2012 – After four months of growing and thriving at The World’s Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium’s Pacific white-sided dolphin calf is ready for a name!
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Experience Total Exploration Alongside Renowned
Experts on Shedd Adventures
September 13, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium, the World’s Aquarium and renowned leader of aquatic environmental education and conservation, invites adventure seekers to indulge their passion through the ultimate wildlife expedition guided by some of the industry’s leading animal authorities from Shedd.
Beluga Calf Born at Shedd Aquarium Swims Past
Key Milestones in the First Week
September 4, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium’s week-old beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) calf continues to thrive, successfully passing key milestones, including nursing, meeting another adult beluga whale and mimicking mom Mauyak (MAH-yak).
Beluga Whale Calf Born at Shedd Aquarium
August 27, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium, a world-class leader in global marine mammal conservation and research, announces that its beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) Mauyak (MAH-yak) successfully gave birth to a healthy calf Monday, Aug. 27, at approximately 2 a.m.
Research Explores Little-Known Issue in Big Creatures: Stress in Sharks
August 15, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium, a leader of aquatic animal medicine and conservation, in collaboration with Disney’s Animal Programs and Dynasty Marine Associates, is pioneering cutting-edge research for a group of species often perceived to be the toughest creatures in the ocean – sharks.
Navy Divers to Make a Splash at Shedd Aug. 16
August 13, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium will host an elite dive team from the U.S. Navy in its Caribbean Reef exhibit on Thursday, Aug. 16. The special presentation is included as part of the Navy’s Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 during Navy Week in Chicago, which runs Aug. 13 to 20.
Navy Divers to Make a Splash at Shedd Aug. 16
August 7, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium will host an elite dive team from the U.S. Navy in its Caribbean Reef exhibit on Thursday, Aug. 16. The special presentation is included as part of the Navy’s Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 during Navy Week in Chicago, which runs Aug. 13 to 20.
Fall ‘Shedd’ule of Events
August 1, 2012 – Fall into to some serious fun this autumn at Shedd Aquarium! As leaves turn their brilliant shades of the season, check out the pink and purple pulsing beauties in Jellies, the mesmerizing special exhibit that features the creatures without bones, blood, or brains.
A Whole BLU World of Fundraising
July 31, 2012 – Co-chairs Janet Barnes and Ashley Weinzweig welcomed a record 1,200 guests to a lakeside soirée at Shedd Aquarium for the sixth annual Auxiliary Board fundraiser, BLU.
Dr. Lesley de Souza joins Shedd Aquarium's
Conservation and Research Team
July 26, 2012 – Research biologist Lesley de Souza, Ph.D., has joined Shedd Aquarium as a Guyana postdoctoral research position with the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. This two-year position continues Shedd’s research in the country’s North Rupununi region, where intensive fieldwork is needed to assess and protect the area’s rich aquatic biodiversity.
Law Student Makes Waves at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium
July 19, 2012 – As a world class leader in science education and immersive learning, Shedd Aquarium held its annual Georges Fellowship for Conservation program to foster a deeper appreciation among law students for environmental stewardship.
Shedd Aquarium Names Tyrone C. Fahner to Chair Board of Trustees
July 17, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium’s Board of Trustees has named Tyrone C. Fahner, a partner and former chairman at the leading global law firm Mayer Brown LLP and president of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago, as its new Chairman. Elected at the annual meeting of the board, Ty will oversee Shedd’s highest governing body during his term.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Brings Asian Carp to
the Taste of Chicago
July 11, 2012 – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is teaming up with the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Feeding Illinois and Illinois American Water to build understanding of how a vibrant local market for Asian carp contributes to managing the population of this invasive species.
Shedd Aquarium Closed This Afternoon Due to Power Outage
July 5, 2012 – At approximately 12:30 p.m. today, Shedd Aquarium lost power only to the original galleries of the building. Initial findings indicate an internal power issue. Since animal care is Shedd’s top priority, several back-up systems initiated to provide uninterrupted service to the aquarium’s life support systems.
Shedd Aquarium Celebrates July 1 Arrival of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4-D Experience
June 28, 2012 – Get cool this summer and escape the heat. Shedd Aquarium has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment to welcome Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs — The 4-D Experience to the Midwest for the first time starting July 1.
Dolphin Calf Swims into the Public Spotlight at Shedd
June 21, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium’s three-week-old Pacific white-sided dolphin calf is showing off his new swimming skills, meeting his neighbors, and preparing for his public debut on Monday, July 2.
Renowned Great Lakes Scientist Philip Willink Joins Shedd Aquarium's Great Lakes Conservation and Research Team
June 18, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium announces that Philip Willink, Ph.D. has joined the organization’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research as Senior Research Biologist.
Sea Style in Season at Shedd's Annual Society Soirée
June 14, 2012 – Hundreds of Chicago’s philanthropic elite raised more than $938,000 on June 9 at Shedd Aquarium’s annual gala, Luminescence.
Summer 'Shedd'ule of Events
June 12, 2012 – Summer is here! Indulge your inner adventurer by exploring everything Shedd Aquarium has to offer.
Bouncing Baby Dolphin is a...BOY!
June 12, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium revealed today that its two-week-old addition, a Pacific white-sided dolphin calf, is a male.
National Contest Awards Top Honors to Student Artwork from Shedd Aquarium
June 7, 2012 – Selected from over 1,500 submissions, the artwork titled “Inextricably Interconnected” by a sixth-grade student Timothy Li at Shedd Aquarium in December was awarded second place in Coastal America’s Student Ocean Art Contest. Li’s illustration creatively depicts the natural connection between humans and animals living in the ocean, showing how the actions of humans affect life in our waters.
Soulful Summer Begins with Jazzin' at the Shedd Every Wednesday
June 4, 2012 – Get funky with the fishes as you take in cool tunes and hot views every week at Shedd Aquarium’s 18th annual summer concert series, Jazzin’ at the Shedd, sponsored by Bank of America.
Shedd's Dolphin Calf Begins Nursing
June 1, 2012 – Less than 24 hours after its birth, Shedd Aquarium’s Pacific white-sided dolphin calf began nursing – a critical milestone for the newborn’s successful development.
Pacific White-sided Dolphin Calf Born at Shedd Aquarium
May 29, 2012 – Shedd Aquarium’s Pacific white-sided dolphin Piquet (pee-KEHT) gave birth on Memorial Day – Monday, May 28, at 10:34 p.m. Both mother and calf appear to be doing well and will remain under 24-hour observation by Shedd’s animal care staff for several months.
Rescued Sea Otter Pup Makes a Splash with her Public Debut
at Shedd Aquarium
May 24, 2012 – After four months of around-the-clock care, the orphaned southern sea otter pup, Cayucos (ky-YOU-cos), who was found stranded on a beach in California and brought to Shedd Aquarium earlier this year, makes her first public appearance on exhibit in the Abbott Oceanarium this week!
Chicago Museums Announce Additional Closure During NATO Summit
May 9, 2012—As Chicago prepares to welcome international guests of the NATO Summit, the Adler Planetarium, Art Institute of Chicago, and Shedd Aquarium announced today the decision to close an additional two days to the public on Saturday, May 19 and Monday, May 21.
Chicagoans Can "Touch" their Support of Sustainable Seafood
May 8, 2012—Shedd Aquarium is partnering with Whole Foods Market® to engage Chicago commuters on the plight of seafood.
Shedd Aquarium's Special Exhibit, Jellies, Extends through 2013
May 7, 2012—Shedd Aquarium announced today that its popular special exhibit, Jellies, sponsored by Walgreens, has been extended through 2013.
After Receiving Shedd Postcard Half a Century Later, Virginia Man
to Visit Aquarium
May 1, 2012—Toting a two-cent stamp, a Shedd Aquarium postcard sent by two loving parents to their teenage son during a trip to the Windy City in 1957 arrived last week to its rightful recipient, Scott McMurry.
Jazzin' at the Shedd Returns to Wednesday Nights this Summer with
Cool Tunes and Hot Views
April 27, 2012—Beginning Wednesday, June 27, summer nights at Shedd Aquarium come alive during a weekly celebration of music and culture as the popular summer concert series, Jazzin’ at the Shedd, sponsored by Bank of America, returns for its 18th season.
Zoo and Aquarium Visitors More Concerned about Climate Change than General Public
April 12, 2012—People who visit zoos and aquariums are more concerned about climate change than other Americans and are willing to take action to help because they feel a connection with animals.
Shedd Aquarium Celebrates Earth Day with Series of Planet-Friendly Events
March 28, 2012—Shedd Aquarium is showing some love for our beautiful, blossoming planet this April with a week of engaging, eco-friendly events and activities leading up to a world-record-breaking Earth Day celebration on April 22.
Love Rocks – Literally – At Shedd Aquarium During Nesting Season
March 26, 2012—Forget flowers. Shedd’s wooing waddlers know the real way to catch the object of their affection’s eye…rocks. During nesting season, male rockhopper and Magellanic penguins launch into hot pursuit for the perfect rocks to build their nests.
Create In-SHEDD-ible Family Memories at Shedd Aquarium this Spring
March 12, 2012—Come nose to nose with a beluga whale, go beneath the water’s surface in a pool of sharks and experience the mesmerizing nature of jellies all at Chicago’s premier family experience at Shedd Aquarium.
Shedd Aquarium Expecting Two Marine Mammal Calves
March 6, 2012—Shedd Aquarium announced today that two members of its marine mammal family are expecting – Piquet (PEE-ket), a Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), and Mauyak (My-AK), a beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas).
Shedd Aquarium Saddened by Death of Rescued California Sea Lion
March 2, 2012—Shedd Aquarium is deeply saddened to announce that animal health and care staff made the difficult decision to euthanize Otis, a 13-year-old male California sea lion, after a rapid decline in health caused by complications related to a progressive advancement of urogenital cancer.
Shedd Serves Up a Smorgasboard of Events to
Celebrate Sustainable Seafood
February 27, 2012—Just in time for Lent and Fish Fridays, Shedd Aquarium’s award-winning Right Bite program, which aims to educate seafood lovers about the right seafood choices that are good for you and the environment, is cooking up a menu of new restaurant partners with a side of sustainable seafood events.
Spring 'Shedd'ule of Events
February 21, 2012—Put a spring in your step with a visit to Shedd Aquarium this season! This Spring, catch the mesmerizing beauty of sea jellies at Shedd’s special exhibit, Jellies, before it closes at the end of May.
Save a few George Washington's at Shedd Aquarium with a Week of Free GeneralAdmission for the Land of Lincoln
February 8, 2012—Celebrate President’s Day at Shedd Aquarium with a week of FREE general admission for all those in the Land of Lincoln!
Shedd Aquarium Facility Leader Awarded Industry's Top National Honor, Facility Executive of the Year
February 1, 2012—Shedd Aquarium’s vice president of facilities, Bob Wengel, has been named the 2012 Facility Executive of the Year by Today’s Facility Manager, a leading specialized trade publication for the nation’s top corporate facility executives in all industry and service sectors. Recognizing his integral role and oversight of the aquarium’s five-year facility plan, the award applauds Wengel’s success integrating sustainability into the aquarium’s overall daily operations.
Have a Whale of a Love Story? Tell Shedd Aquarium for a Chance to Propose Among the Belugas
February 1, 2012—Sweethearts searching for the perfect way to pop the question around Valentine’s Day need not look further! Love is in the water at Shedd Aquarium as a new experience launches to help make your special moment unforgettable - just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Shedd Aquarium Rescues Sea Otter Pup
January 26, 2012—Shedd Aquarium, a national leader in sea otter rehabilitation, announced today that it has acquired a 10-week-old orphaned southern sea otter pup (Enhydra lutris nereis) from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as part of the conservation effort for the threatened population in California.
Shedd Aquarium Welcomes Over 2.1 Million Guests in 2011
January 26, 2012—Over 2.1 million guests from all over the world explored the wonders of the water world at Shedd Aquarium last year, making 2011 the best attended year on record for the aquarium in the last decade. With these recent figures, Shedd strengthens its position as Chicago’s most-attended cultural attraction for the fifth year in a row.
Shedd Aquarium Offers Special Discounts to Residents
of Chicago's 50th Ward
January 24, 2012—For more than 80 years, Shedd Aquarium has proudly served the City of Chicago and its diverse communities. Today, Shedd continues that tradition through partnerships with the help of local aldermen.
Shedd Aquarium Reopens After a Little New Year Cleaning by Offering a Week of Free General Admission!
January 19, 2012—Following two days of post-holiday cleaning, Shedd Aquarium reopens on Wednesday, Jan. 25 with savings for all Illinois residents!
Shedd Aquarium Encourages You to "Be Happy": Promoting Ocean-Friendly Seafood with a Smile
January 19, 2012—Shedd Aquarium is teaming up with seven of its fellow North American ocean conservation organizations to launch Be Happy, a Facebook community for seafood-loving families.
Shedd Aquarium to Close on Jan. 23-24
January 18, 2012—Shedd Aquarium will be closed on Monday, Jan. 23 through Tuesday, Jan. 24, for routine maintenance and cleaning. Shedd Aquarium will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 25 with Illinois Residents Discount/Free General Admission Week, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company, through Saturday, Jan. 28.
Shedd Aquarium Celebrates the New Year by Offering a Week
of Free General Admission
January 4, 2012—Escape the post-holiday blues with a break for your bellies and your wallet at Shedd Aquarium! During Illinois Resident Discount/Free General Admission Week from Wednesday, Jan. 25 through Saturday, Jan. 28, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company, all Illinois residents will enjoy FREE general admission to the original galleries and discounted admission to all other exhibits.
Winter 'Shedd'ule of Events
January 3, 2012—Escape the blustery winter winds and step into the warmth and excitement of Shedd Aquarium! Dive into the tropical climate of the Caribbean Reef exhibit, go nose-to-nose with one of our smiling gentle giants during a Beluga Encounter, or embrace the cool chill of the season during a visit to the hands-on Polar Play Zone. Don’t miss Jellies, either – these “must-sea,” pulsing beauties live without bones, brains or blood!
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