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A rendering of the west side of Shedd Aquarium featuring a new entry pavilion surrounded by lush gardens.

Photo by: © Shedd Aquarium in collaboration with Valerio Dewalt Train and Visualized Concepts

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Chicago Plan Commission Approves Exterior Enhancement Plans to Bolster Guest Arrival and Entry Experience, Accessibility and Safety

The unanimous decision by the Plan Commission is an endorsement of Shedd's Centennial Commitment and will enable onsite construction at the aquarium beginning in early 2023


A group of young boys sit around a table littered with crayons and colored paper in Shedd's learning labs. They all wear matching green cap t-shirts, and are intent on their coloring. A learning facilitator in a yellow camp shirt leans over the middle of the table, helping one of them with his glueing.

Bank of America Awards Shedd Aquarium $1 Million Grant to Help Support Youth and Family Community Programs As Part of Centennial Commitment

This partnership with fuel opportunities for learning and curiosity through a robust lineup of camps and programs in communities across the city of Chicago 


Shedd's entrance, surrounded by plants.

Shedd Aquarium and Builders Initiative Partner to Establish ESG-Driven Investments as Part of Centennial Commitment

The sustainable investment portfolio will allow the aquarium to build and accelerate its conservation impact


A view of Shedd Aquarium from above with a new, large entry pavilion attached to the building's south side.

Photo by: © Shedd Aquarium in collaboration with Valerio Dewalt Train and Visualized Concepts

Shedd Aquarium Reveals Planned Exterior Enhancements for Greater Accessibility, Nature Access and Historic Preservation

The aquarium’s exterior adjustments set the stage for nature play, greater physical accessibility and the much-needed restoration of Shedd’s historic terraces.


A rendering of an underwater glass tunnel with sea life visible swimming around and above the people in the tunnel.

Photo by: © Shedd Aquarium in collaboration with Thinc/Valerio Dewalt Train

Shedd Aquarium Unveils $500 Million ‘Centennial Commitment’

New strategic vision will prepare Shedd for the next 100 years, transforming the aquarium’s historic galleries, accelerating aquatic science and research, and equitably expanding access to nature for all.

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