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Chicago Celebrities Help Kids Get Curious in Shedd Aquarium's New Kids' Video Series

Two kids face a large underwater viewing area where a beluga whale tail is seen. Several Chicago area celebrities make guest appearances in "Sea Curious," the brand new video series from Chicago's Shedd Aquarium - out now! Designed by kids for kids, each episode of "Sea Curious" answers a question about animals by exploring and having adventures at the aquarium and hope to spark curiousity for the aquatic animal world. Continue Reading>

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Shedd Aquarium Team Up to Make Strides in Reducing Single-Use Plastics

Diver underwater in Shedd's Wild Reef exhibit holds up a resuable mug from the aquarium. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is partnering with Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium to take on the issue of reducing single-use plastic pollution by joining the aquarium’s Shedd the Straw initiative for the 2018 Chicago Marathon on October 7. The partnership aims to reduce plastic use and encourage more sustainable alternatives for marathon participants, vendors and hotel and restaurant partners. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Beluga Whale is Pregnant

A beluga whale, distinguished by their white color, absence of a dorsal fin, and distinctive reounded "melon," the echolocation organ at the front of the head, peeks its head out of the water.Shedd Aquarium announced today that one of their marine mammals is expecting. Mauyak (MY-ak), a 37-year-old beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) is pregnant and expected to give birth in summer 2019. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Joins Local Effort to Benefit Endangered Blanding's Turtles

Small turtle hatchling, easily identified by its bright yellow chin and throat and dark, slightly domed shell sporting a white ID number, faces the camera.Shedd Aquarium welcomed 24 Blanding's turtle hatchlings to The A. Watson Amrour IIII Center for Aquatic Animal Health and Welfare as part of a new partnership with Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. These semi-aquatic Great Lakes turtles will remain in the aquarium's care for one year, as part of a head-start program, until they reach the appropriate size and weight to be released back into the wild at a protected site in a DuPage County forest preserve. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Free to Illinois Residents in September

Three children hold their hands up to the glass, captivated as a Pacific white-sided dolphin swims by in Shedd's Underwater Viewing area in the Polar Play Zone.Beginning Sept. 4, Illinoisans can access Shedd Aquarium free of charge throughout the entire month of September with proof of state residency. Presented by Ford Motor Company Fund, Shedd's Illinois Resident Free Days provides general admission to all aquarium exhibits and experiences, including the multi-species aquarium presentation, the bold and diverse animals within Shedd's new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty, daily dive presentations, animal chats and more. In addition, the aquarium has launched extended hours until 9 p.m. with new themed programming and music three days a week. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Accessibility & Inclusion Efforts Recognized with National Award

Standing in front of the Caribbean Reef exhibit, on the left a child wearing sound reducing headphones looks at the phone in his mother's hand that displays Shedd's Sensory Friendly App. As The Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD), a nationally-recognized network focused on accessibility services, has awarded Shedd Aquarium with the Community Asset Award for its "All Are Welcome: Accessibility and Inclusion" initiative. The honor recognizes achievements of cultural arts administrators or organizations that continually demonstrate success with access initiatives, improving accessibility for the disability community within their organization, city, state or region. Continue Reading>

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Loews Chicago Hotel is First Hotel to Go Straw-Free in Partnership with Shedd Aquarium

Magellanic penguin grabs a fish out of a glass mug with the Shedd Aquarium's logo on it.Loews Chicago Hotel joins Shedd Aquarium's "Shedd the Straw" initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws thoughout the hotel. Loews Chicago Hotel is the first hotel to join the initiative aimed at reducing single-use plastic straws in order to reduce waste and improve marine and freshwater ecosystems.  Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Wants You to Look Nature in the Eye This Summer with New Outdoor Aquatic Experiences

Woman kayaks along the Chicago river. Shedd Aquarium is taking learning and exploration outside of the aquarium walls this summer with new, outdoor aquatic experiences designed to spark curiosity for local waters and wildlife by bringing people closer to them. From a traveling aquarium exhibiting animals in some of Chicago’s neighborhood streets and parks, to a new floating island conservation program for Chicago River kayakers, to hands-on science experiences in a boat on Lake Michigan, the initiatives are driven by Shedd’s commitment to increase accessibility to nature within the city. Continue Reading>

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"Jazzin" Season at Shedd Aquarium Includes New, Themed Nights

Jazz band plays live for audience at Jazzin' at the Shedd summer event. As Shedd Aquarium’s popular Wednesday evening event series, Jazzin’ at the Shedd, enters its 22nd year, the aquarium is introducing new, themed nights and programming throughout the summer schedule. This includes special evenings from June through September celebrating LGTBQ Pride, Shark Week and women in science and more. The new themed programming is meant to help connect new audiences with the aquarium and the adult-friendly event series. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Black Tie Gala, Underwater Beauty, Raises $1.9 Million to Support Animal Response, Conservation and Accessibility Efforts

Two Pacific White-Sided Dolphins perform a tail-walk in uniform. Leaders from Chicago’s philanthropic community came together at Shedd Aquarium on Saturday, June 9 to champion the aquarium’s conservation programs, accessibility efforts and international animal rescue and rehabilitation endeavors. The black-tie gala, Underwater Beauty, hosted by the aquarium’s Board of Trustees, and Co-Chairs Dixie and Rick Erwin, raised more than $1.9 million during the evening. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Brings 'Underwater Beauty' to the Surface in New Special Exhibit Opening Memorial Day Weekend

Water wall features states, "Underwater Beauty."From boldly-colored fish and glowing coral to dreamlike patterns of wrasses and tangs, Shedd Aquarium’s new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty, aims to bring guests closer to the stunning and surprising spectrum of shapes, sizes, movement, patterns and colors that exist within the aquatic animal world to inspire the notion of “beauty worth saving.” Presented by Citadel, the exhibit opens to the public on Friday, May 25 with special members-only access beginning Friday, May 18. Continue Reading>

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GATX Executive Brian A. Kenney Elected Shedd Aquarium Board Chairman

Brian A. KenneyShedd Aquarium’s Board of Trustees today elected Brian A. Kenney the organization’s new Chairman of the Board at its annual meeting. Kenney is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Chicago-based GATX Corporation and succeeds H. John Gilbertson Jr., a retired managing director of Goldman, Sachs & Co. who has served in the role since 2015. Continue Reading>

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Meet Shedd Aquarium's Newest Magellanic Penguin Chick

Magellanic penguin chick in the hand of a trainer, opens its mouth as if to squawk. Shedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care, welcomes a new Magellanic penguin chick (Spheniscus magellanicus), hatched on Saturday, May 12 following penguin breeding season in late March. This is the first penguin chick born at the aquarium since Diego in 2015. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Vet Shares Update From Madagascar Tortoise Triage Effort

Critically endangered tortoise found in private residence with no food or water.This week, a veterinarian from Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Response Team flew to Madagascar to provide on-site medical care and relocation assistance for nearly 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises. The tortoises were discovered by authorities in a private residence, where it is suspected they had been for weeks with no access to food and water. Prized for their ornate shells, the reptiles were likely meant for the poaching or illegal pet trade. Continue Reading>

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Sign of Spring: Shedd Aquarium Welcomes Six Wood Ducklings

One wood duckling stands on a large rock structure.Spring is in the air at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, which just welcomed six fuzzy wood ducklings into the world. Wood ducks are a species native to the Great Lakes region and beyond, and the arrival of ducklings is a common symbol of the change in season. Continue Reading>

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Chicago White Sox Make Guaranteed Rate Field Straw-Free for the Season

Nickel, a green sea turtle, is front and center in the photo and below her is the phrase "Shedd the Straw for Sea Turtles!"The Chicago White Sox, along with concessionaire partners, Delaware North Sportservice, Gibson’s ChiSox Bar & Grill and Levy, are joining Shedd Aquarium’s “Shedd The Straw” initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox will become the first team in Major League Baseball to serve drinks during games without an accompanying plastic straw for nearly an entire season. Continue Reading>

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