An aquarium visit soothes the soul with visions of floating fish and bubbling habitats that call to mind the gestation pods in which all human life begins. Come full circle with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $40 for two Total Experience passes (up to a $75.90 value)
- $80 for four Total Experience passes (up to a $151.80 value)
In addition to admission to all regular exhibits, Total Experience passholders can explore the Jellies exhibit and take in the 4-D Experience and the aquatic show. Children aged 2 and under get in free.
By the early 1920s, nearly every major metropolis in the United States and abroad had an aquarium. By 1930, Chicago stood tall among their ranks, thanks to civic leader John G. Shedd’s drive to build the first permanent inland saltwater collection in the country. Shedd’s contribution of $3 million paid for nearly a million gallons of seawater, which were transported by rail from Florida’s coast before filling exhibits large enough to accommodate sea mammals as well as fish.
Today, Shedd’s dream continues to thrive with the aquarium’s scores of undersea creatures—from sharks and dolphins to vibrant sea cucumbers—showcased in educational, eye-catching exhibits. The permanent collection spirits visitors from the Great Lakes to the Amazon River to the waters of the Arctic Circle. The resident critters often share their turf with temporary guests such as sea jellies and stingrays, who fill dramatic special exhibits.
The most exciting animal encounters, however, may come via the year-round aquatic show. Trainers show off the talents of sea lions, dolphins, and even beluga whales. They have some four-legged company, too: a trio of rescue dogs often perform alongside their finned adoptive family, demonstrating how learning through positive reinforcement transcends boundaries between species.