The country's greatest jazz musicians got to where they are by refusing to cut corners, such as auto-tuning their piano or writing out their "improvised" solo on a graphing calculator. Take in some good honest fun with this Groupon: for $18, you get two all-access tickets to Jazzin' at the Shedd, sponsored by Bank of America at Shedd Aquarium (up to a $36 value). Performances are scheduled Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every week from July 25 to September 5.
Chicago's rich musical heritage continues every week at Shedd Aquarium's Jazzin' at the Shedd series, as nationally known ensembles, many from the Chicagoland area, fill the summer with cool, hot, smooth, and rocking jams. Chicago’s own Detour JazFunk (August 29) performs a genre-melting improvised show built on old-school R&B and funk, and Rio Bamba vocalist Maggie Vagle shows off her bell-like staccato over classic Brazilian bossa nova and samba (September 5). With an audacious, soaring alto praised by the Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich, the creamy-voiced Agnieszka Iwanska (August 1) performs groovy vocal acrobatics. Petra van Nuis’s (August 15) Billie Holiday–esque croon has been heard all over the city, from the Green Mill to the Chicago Cultural Center.
These all-access tickets include admission to Shedd staples, including the Abbott Oceanarium, Wild Reef, and Waters of the World exhibits. Encounter beluga whales and sea otters at the Abbott Oceanarium, or share a rueful chuckle at the dodo's demise with the penguins at the Polar Play Zone. Visit the popular limited-run exhibit Jellies to see its aquarium’s translucent jellyfish, crystalline invertebrates lacking blood, bones, and brains that sway their tentacles with the languid grace of a lobotomized maestro.
Chicago might be far from any ocean, but that obstacle didn't stop it from pioneering the first permanent inland saltwater aquarium in the country. Thanks to civic leader John G. Shedd’s drive and contribution of $3 million paid for nearly a million gallons of seawater transported by rail from Florida’s coast, by 1930 the city hosted exhibits large enough to accommodate a wide variety of marine species–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 Pacific Northwest. The resident animals often share their turf seasonal exhibits like stingrays, who fill dramatic special exhibits.
The most exciting animal encounters, however, may come via the year-round Aquatic Presentation. Trainers may demonstrate the natural behaviors of sea lions, dolphins, and even beluga whales. They have some four-legged company, too: a trio of rescue dogs often appear alongside their finned adoptive family, demonstrating how learning through positive reinforcement transcends boundaries between species. Also included is quarterly updates on the symbolically adopted animal via email. These emails provide unique updates from the aquarists and marine mammal staff that care for these animals daily.
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