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Wednesday
Jan052011

Daytrip: A Go West outing to Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

The last time I visited the Shedd Aquarium, my husband and unknowingly went during the spring break week for many schools. I was in my 2nd trimester, and remember shielding my belly against sharp elbows in the elevator.

A beluga whale. Photo courtesy of Shedd Aquarium.When we went in November, it was with our 2-year-old daughter in tow, and I had to shield the stuffed animals in the gift shop from her grabby fingers.

Seriously, when you visit a place like Shedd can make a huge difference in your experience. We visited on a Friday afternoon in mid-November, and while the place was busy it was not overly crowded. The Shedd offers 52 days a year when admission to the aquarium’s original galleries is free. You can find upcoming dates here; keep in mind you will likely be dealing with some heavy crowds, but with thestandard ticket for an adult starting at nearly $27 and for children nearly $20, those “Community Discount Days” could save you a bundle.

No matter when you and your family visit the Shedd, you’re in for a treat that likely will enchant even the youngest visitors. (Unlike the zoo, even a baby has tons she can view from the comfort of her stroller here.)

You probably know that the Shedd edges up against Lake Michigan and is located on the Museum Campus along with the Field Museum and Adler Planetarium.

If you visited as a kid, you likely remember that massive, 90,000-gallon circular aquarium in the rotunda that holds a Caribbean Reef. That’s still there, and still impressive – and four or five times a day, you can watch and listen to a narrated dive by a Shedd staffer who hand-feeds the animals.

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