CHICAGO – Spring into action and dive head-first into a visit to Shedd Aquarium! Don’t miss an opportunity to visit the mesmerizing special exhibit, Jellies, and feel the wonder of these mysterious creatures. Shedd’s popular Stingray Touch experience will reopen after the long winter, offering a chance to interact with stingrays and touch their silky-smooth backs. Craving something really wild? Head over to Shedd’s Wild Reef exhibit or take a behind-the-scenes tour and let your mind drift to the Philippines. The aquarium’s resident dogs also make appearances in the latest aquatic show, "One World," showcasing positive reinforcement training with Shedd’s animals — big and small!
ILLINOIS RESIDENT DISCOUNT DAYS
Head to the World’s Aquarium for the upcoming 2014 Illinois Resident Discount Days, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. Guests who are Illinois residents will have free access to the original galleries. At a discounted rate, guests can also check out exhibits such as Wild Reef, Polar Play Zone and the marine mammals in the Abbott Oceanarium. All attendees must provide proof of residency in person when purchasing tickets at the discounted rate.
March 24-28 or March 31-April 4
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$325/child or $295/members
STINGRAY TOUCH REOPENS
Sponsored by Walgreens, Stingray Touch, the popular hands-on experience, is returning! Reach in and touch the slippery, smooth, yet sandy backs of cownose and yellow rays outside at Shedd. Experience this interactive exhibit and see how you would describe these fascinating creatures' texture.
Opening Memorial Day weekend and running through summer 2014, weather permitting. Included with the purchase of a Total Experience Pass, and available for an additional $5 with the purchase of a Shedd Pass or a CITYPass.
This mysterious and wondrous special exhibit, sponsored by Walgreens, offers a unique chance to see how these elegant creatures have thrived for millions of years. In Jellies, guests will also have the chance to learn about ocean conservation and jellies' impact on our waters. Guests will even have the opportunity to observe their eating habits. Did you know that jellies consume enough food to double their body mass each day? Guests can also learn about topics such as survival and witness these creatures hunt by using their long tentacles and stinging cells.
Jellies is open daily.
Admission is included with the Total Experiene Pass.
FEEDING TOUR: BEHIND THE SCENES IN WILD REEF
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Shedd’s Wild Reef? With Shedd’s behind-the-scenes tours, guests witness a day in the lives of animal care experts and watch them prepare meals for the sharks and rays and conduct training sessions. These 50-minute tours allow up to 10 individuals, and all participants must be at least 10 years old.
Tours are available Sundays at 9:45 a.m.
Tickets are available online for $89.95 per person
"ONE WORLD" AQUATIC SHOW AT SHEDD
Shedd has adopted four furry canines from local animal shelters, and they are all featured in the latest aquatic show, "One World." Sponsored by Toyota, the show demonstrates the positive-reinforcement training Shedd uses with its animals and how it can be implemented with pets at home, as demonstrated by the four pups, Bruce, Dory, Marlin and Coral. Beginning in spring, guests will have the opportunity to meet Marlin, Shedd's newest rescue dog and Shedd ambassador. The Labrador mix will engage guests as they wait in line or during meet-and-greet opportunities.
Check the website for latest showtimes.
Included with the purchase of a Total Experience Pass and CITYPass, and available for an additional $5 with the purchase of a Shedd Pass.
AT HOME ON THE GREAT LAKES
Shedd’s At Home on the Great Lakes exhibit explores conservation issues surrounding the Great Lakes and encourages guests to learn about the species in our backyards — including feeling the armored skin of sturgeons in the sturgeon touch pool. Looking to do more to help save the Great Lakes? Join us on one of Shedd’s Great Lakes Action Days, where participants have the chance to get their hands dirty restoring local environments.
Exhibit included in Shedd general admission.
HOURS AND INFORMATION
Shedd is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. See more at Shedd during spring break with extended hours, open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 10 through April 12 and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 13 through 19. From April 20 to 27, the aquarium will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Total Experience Pass is the best one-day value with access to all permanent exhibits, Abbott Oceanarium, Jellies special exhibit, Stingray Touch and 4-D Experience. Total Experience Passes are available in advance online for $34.95 per adult; $25.95 per child (ages 3-11).
Shedd Passes are also available in advance online for $28.95 per adult; $19.95 per child (ages 3-11). Additional information about discounts for residents, educators and others is available online at www.sheddaquarium.org/discounts.html. Timed tickets for the aquatic show can be purchased as an add-on to the Shedd Pass for $5 per person.
For more information, and tips for an enjoyable experience at Shedd, please call 312-939-2438 or visit www.sheddaquarium.org. For group sales information, please call 312-692-3333. Advance tickets on sale through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Shedd Aquarium is supported by the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Chicago Park District. Shedd Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)