Press Releases

Say hello to Peach, Shedd's latest rescued pup


Shedd Aquarium welcomes Peach, a 10-month-old dachshund/terrier mix, who joins three other rescued dogs that have found their home at the aquarium. Continue reading>

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Shedd Aquarium honored for achievements in sustainability

Governor's awardShedd Aquarium was honored with the Governor's Sustainability Award for its demonstrated leadership in implementing sustainable practices. Shedd joined the ranks of winners after dramatically reducing the aquarium's water use. Continue reading>

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Shedd Aquarium animal residents have a spooky good time


Shedd Aquarium trainers surprised beluga whales, penguins, sea otters, sea lions and dogs with a few tasty fall and Halloween-themed enrichment toys and fish-flavored frozen treats to get into the spirit of the holiday. Continue reading>

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Penguin Hops returns with buzzworthy release party 

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Shedd Aquarium and Revolution Brewing celebrate their partnership as buds in sustainable suds this year, raising a glass of limited edition Penguin Hops beer for the fourth year running on October 28. Continue Reading> 

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Dr. Matt O’Connor joins Shedd’s world-class animal health division

Dr. Matt O'ConnorShedd Aquarium, a global leader in aquatic animal health and medicine, announces the addition of Matt O’Connor, DVM, MPVM, to its decorated team of animal care professionals at the A. Watson Armour III Center for Animal Health and Welfare. Continue Reading>

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Luna strikes a pose for Sea Otter Awareness Week at Shedd


Sea Otter Awareness Week is making a splash at Shedd Aquarium, and one of Shedd’s recognizable rescues is ready to show her growth – both as an otter and as an ambassador for the conservation of her species. Continue Reading>


Fall Shedd-ule of events

Spooky Seas OvernightSummer may be over, but the fun never ends at Shedd Aquarium this fall. Go behind-the-scenes in a guided tour to learn about some of Shedd’s 32,000 animals, or spend the night getting to know them better at Shedd’s Spooky Seas overnight. Visit on an Illinois Resident Discount Day or take advantage of the inaugural Museum Week this October to see all that Shedd has to offer at a special price. Continue Reading> dotted line

Shedd Aquarium’s “Science Tech Treks” reimagines the field trip experience

Science Tech TreksWith its new Science Tech Treks program, Shedd Aquarium reimagines the field trip experience for grades K-5. The unique evidence-driven learning opportunities tie to school curricula by integrating technology while connecting students with the living world through the wonder of live animals. Continue Reading>

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It’s a boy! Rockhopper penguin chick gender confirmed as molting season begins at Shedd

penguin chick gender revealAs Shedd Aquarium’s three-month-old rockhopper penguin chick is quickly reaching new development milestones, animal care staff has confirmed that the newest addition at the aquarium is a male. The gender was determined by a genetic test conducted during a recent check-up. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium offers free admission to seniors during month-long celebration

Shedd EntranceShedd Aquarium will offer a month-long celebration for the senior community from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays in September. The Senior Days at Shedd program will present the best of the aquarium to seniors 65 and older, including groups and individuals. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium welcomes two rare Bahamian rock iguanas

Bahamian IguanaShedd Aquarium is proud to welcome two Exuma Island Rock Iguanas into its care. Among the most critically endangered lizards in the world – only 2,000 remain in the wild – the Exuma Island Iguana is at extreme risk of extinction. Guests can learn more about these amazing animals as part of the aquarium’s Islands and Lakes gallery. Continue Reading>

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BLU guests go “Frog Wild!” at Shedd Aquarium

BLU 2015Chicago’s young philanthropists gathered July 25 to raise $415,000 during Shedd Aquarium’s soirée, BLU. Co-chairs and Shedd's Auxiliary Board shared their passion for Shedd’s education and conservation initiatives with nearly 1,050 guests at one of Chicago’s premier summer fundraising fêtes. Continue Reading>

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Shedd’s dolphin calf to make public debut Saturday, July 18

Dolphin calfShedd Aquarium’s male Pacific white-sided dolphin calf will make its public debut in the Abbott Oceanarium’s Secluded Bay July 18, after six-weeks of bonding with mother Piquet and achieving several critical milestones. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium receives a $2 million commitment from the Grainger Foundation

Grainger GiftShedd Aquarium is pleased to announce it has received a $2 million commitment from The Grainger Foundation in support of its recently launched Aquarium Microbiome Project (AMP) – believed to be the world’s first comprehensive look at microbiomes in a controlled aquarium ecosystem and how they influence complex environmental conditions and animal health. Continue Reading>

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Shark Week Shedd-ule of events at Shedd Aquarium

Shark WeekShedd Aquarium is taking a deeper dive into the world of razor-sharp teeth and stealthy swimming as the popular Shark Week hosted by the Discovery Channel returns on Sunday, July 5. Go behind the scenes with a Shark Feeding Tour, enjoy a shark themed sweet treat in Shedd’s Soundings Café or visit the new bamboo shark residents in Stingray Touch, strap on your flippers and be prepared to Feel the Thrill with Shedd’s eleven shark species and their experts during #SharksAtShedd. Continue Reading>

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Meet chick #23, Shedd Aquarium's newest rockhopper penguin

Rockhopper penguinShedd Aquarium welcomes chick #23, a rockhopper penguin hatched Tuesday, June 9, 2015 to parents Edward and Annie following penguin breeding season in March.Guests can try to spot chick #23 in Shedd’s Polar Play Zone, where it is currently in its nest with its parents. Continue Reading> 

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Shedd Aquarium’s annual black tie fête, Metamorphosis, raises $2 million for conservation, animal rescue and rehabilitation

Gala paddle raiseChicago’s top philanthropic leaders came together for a transformational evening on June 20 to support Shedd Aquarium’s conservation and animal rescue and rehabilitation programs, raising approximately $2 million during its annual black-tie gala. The Metamorphosis Ball attracted 770 guests that supported Shedd’s mission of connecting people to the living world. Continue Reading>

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Blackhawks fin-atics: Shedd Aquarium animal residents rally for Stanley Cup win

Shedd Aquarium Celebrates Blackhawks WinAs the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their Stanley Cup win at Soldier Field, neighboring residents at Shedd Aquarium hosted a rally of their own. Sea otters, sea lions, beluga whales, penguins and Shedd’s rescue dogs all celebrated the World Champion Blackhawks in their own way – courtesy of Shedd Aquarium’s dedicated animal care staff. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium offers special admission for Blackhawks fans Thursday

Shedd/BlackhawksThe World’s Aquarium welcomes the world’s best fans with a special offer to celebrate Chicago’s newest dynasty! On Thursday, June 18, all fans who visit Shedd Aquarium wearing Chicago Blackhawks gear are eligible to buy one Total Experience Pass, and get one free. Enjoy the rally at neighboring Soldier Field and then experience Chicago’s top-attended museum. Continue Reading>

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Bouncing baby dolphin is a…boy!

Piquet & calfShedd Aquarium revealed today that its five-day-old addition, a Pacific white-sided dolphin calf, is a male. Born June 1 at 12:10 a.m., the calf has surpassed several critical milestones in its development, including taking his first breath, bonding with mom, nursing and learning to slipstream – a technique that allows the calf to save energy by swimming in his mother’s wake. Continue Reading>

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New Smartphone App Offers Guide to Great Lakes Fish

fish finder appScientists from the John G. Shedd Aquarium are teaming up with citizen scientists to identify fish species in the Great Lakes with the new Great Lakes Fish Finder app, a portable, user-friendly field guide to Great Lakes fishes for smartphones and tablets. Continue Reading>

Pacific White-Sided Dolphin Calf Born at Shedd Aquarium

PiquetShedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care and welfare, announced today that one of its Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), Piquet (pee-KEHT), gave birth to a healthy calf at approximately 12:10 a.m. on June 1.  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.  Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Trustees Elect H. John Gilbertson Jr. to Board Chairman

John GIlbertsonShedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care, conservation education and research, proudly announces the election of H. John Gilbertson Jr. as its next Chairman of the Board of Trustees, made official during the governing body’s annual meeting Thursday. Gilbertson, a Shedd board member since 2000 and retired Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., succeeds Tyrone C. Fahner, partner for global law firm Mayer Brown who has served in the leadership position since 2012. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Brookfield Zoo mobilize to end extinction of world’s most vulnerable species

AZA SAFEHonoring the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago’s Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo and the 226 other zoological organizations across North America accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), proudly announce a collective commitment to a new effort focused on saving the world’s most vulnerable species from extinction and restoring them to healthy populations in the wild. Continue Reading>

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Jump for joy! Shedd Aquarium's new exhibit Amphibians opens May 16

Surinam Horned ToadThey live in treetops, deserts and swamps, grow to several feet long or to only the size of a quarter, and outsmart their predators by looking like a leaf or by poisoning them. Amphibians are among the most fascinating and diverse animals groups in the world as well as the most threatened – and can now be seen for a limited time at Shedd Aquarium’s new special exhibit, Amphibians, opening this Saturday. Continue Reading>

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Summer Shedd-ule of events

Jazzin at the SheddDive into summer fun at Shedd Aquarium! Visit the brand new special exhibit, Amphibians, and get to know more than 40 species of salamanders, frogs and rarely-seen caecilians. Shedd’s popular Stingray Touch exhibit will reopen after the long winter, offering a chance to interact with stingrays! Craving time in the sun? Sign up for one of Shedd’s Great Lakes Action Days (GLAD), which welcomes eco-minded volunteers to the beach beyond the aquarium walls. Continue Reading>

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“LEECH-NADO!” Mysterious, massive swarm of leeches puzzles scientists

LeechesUpon returning from a research trip focused on habitat restoration for migratory Great Lakes fishes near Green Bay, Wisc. last week, Shedd Aquarium’s Postdoctoral Research Associate Solomon David, Ph.D. shared video of what appears to be a massive school of leeches he unintentionally discovered while in the field. The film – self-titled “Leech-nado” by Dr. David, amassed more than 15,000 views on YouTube in less than 24 hours. Continue Reading> 

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Shedd Aquarium President/CEO Ted A. Beattie to Retire

Ted BeattieAfter more than two decades of leadership for one of the world’s most-respected animal care, conservation and education organizations, Shedd Aquarium President and Chief Executive Officer Ted A. Beattie announced today his intent for retirement in late 2016, bringing to close a 35-year legacy of commitment to the advancement of conservation and education for animals and ecosystems. Continue Reading> 

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Shedd Aquarium expands Caribbean research team

Andy KoughShedd Aquarium announces the hiring of Andrew Kough, Ph.D. as a postdoctoral research associate for the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. Dr. Kough will lead field work in the Bahamas assessing the larval transport of queen conch (Lobatus gigas) and how it informs conservation management. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium, Walgreens partner to create on-demand prescription deliver for aquatic animal residents

WalgreensShedd Aquarium, a pioneer in aquatic animal health and medicine, has teamed up with national wellness leader Walgreens Pharmacy to create a first-of-its-kind partnership that provides on-demand access to preventive care medicine and supplements for its 32,000 animal residents. Continue Reading>  

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Spring Shedd-ule of events

Spring Break CampGet ready to say goodbye to winter and dive head-first into a visit to Shedd Aquarium this spring! Visit the brand new exhibit, Amphibians, this May, interact with stingrays and touch their silky-smooth backs at Stingray Touch and see if you can spot Shedd’s newest rescue dog, Kobe, going for a walk and working with his trainers! Continue Reading>

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Meet Kobe, Shedd Aquarium’s newest rescue dog

KobeShedd Aquarium welcomes Kobe, a 3-year-old male Dogo Argentino mix adopted through local pet rescue partner, Lucky Dog Rescue. The energetic pup joins two other rescue dogs comprising Shedd’s current canine family:  Dory, a female Shepherd mix; and Marlin, a male Labrador mix. Continue Reading>

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Feel the love at Shedd Aquarium

Feel the LoveShedd Aquarium is celebrating love at the world’s aquarium this Valentine’s Day by offering free general admission and love-struck date ideas Feb. 13-17. Sweethearts visiting the aquarium are invited to Feel the Love and take advantage of all Shedd has to offer. Continue Reading> 

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“Amphibians” leaps into Shedd this May as new special exhibit

Amazon Milk FrogBeginning this May, Shedd Aquarium will unveil a new special exhibit showcasing the amazing world of amphibians—featuring 40 species of salamanders, frogs and rarely-seen caecilians—highlighting their amazing diversity, unique adaptations and the serious challenges they face. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium anticipating birth of Pacific white-sided dolphin calf this summer

DolphinShedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care and welfare, announced today that one of its Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) is expecting a calf this summer. Continue Reading> 

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New report recommends eating Great Lakes fish

whitefishFurthering its commitment to protecting and preserving the Great Lakes, Shedd Aquarium commissioned a report to assess the sustainability of Great Lakes fisheries. Leveraging tools from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, research partners at the University of Michigan studied five fish species in the Great Lakes waterways, finding that most support culinary conservation. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium, Renowned Microbiologists Team Up to Pioneer First Aquarium Microbiome Project

MicrobesChicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium, a recognized leader in advanced aquatic animal care and conservation science research, in partnership with renowned research organizations including Argonne National Laboratory, University of Illinois, Illinois Institute of Technology and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the launch of the Aquarium Microbiome Project. Continue Reading>

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