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Shedd Penguins Stretch their Wings at Soldier Field

Several Penguins Got Exercise Running the Field and Exploring the Locker Rooms at the Neighboring Facility

November 23, 2020

A penguin stands in Soldier Field with a football in the background.

A group of penguins look around Soldier Field's field from the sidelines.

Three trainers holding penguins crouch in Soldier Field.

A penguin stands on a grassy field behind a soccer ball.

A penguin runs towards a football on the grassy field in Soldier Field stadium.

A group of penguins stand in Soldier Field's huge grassy field.

Four penguins from Shedd Aquariums stormed the stadium in a recent visit to the neighboring Soldier Field. The continuation of the popular penguin field trips saw the birds getting plenty of exercise as they explored the facilities of their Museum Campus neighbor, speeding through the tunnel onto the field and inspecting the nearby locker rooms.

Izzy and Darwin, a bonded pair of Magellanic penguins that previously visited the Field Museum and the MCA, were joined for this trip by two additional penguins – Tombo and Charlotte – and a handful of Shedd Aquarium penguin caretakers. During the visit, the birds experienced several new sounds, smells and sensations, like the grass under their feet, as they waddled across the field, which was set up for a Chicago Fire soccer match. Variety like this is important for the welfare of the birds, ensuring that just like in the wild, no two days are ever the same.

Soldier Field welcomes all types of big and small events, both public and private. While the stadium adheres to COVID-19 mitigation measures and implements enhanced sanitation and distancing guidelines for patrons, we are planning for all scenarios to host safe events in 2021. The public is encouraged to check out the indoor and outdoor event spaces for hosting your next safely planned event at www.soldierfield.net.

While Shedd Aquarium is closed to the public through the end of the year, there are still several ways that the public can connect with the aquatic world virtually. Participating in virtual programs helps fuel the aquarium’s mission and offset the financial impacts of COVID-19. Guests can also explore several ways to make a contribution to benefit the aquarium’s research, conservation and animal care efforts.

VISUALS: Magellanic penguins, Izzy, Darwin, Tombo and Charlotte from the Shedd Aquarium storm the field and explore the locker rooms at Soldier Field. This is the latest in a slew of “field trips” shared by the aquarium that demonstrate how the animal care team introduces exercise and variety for the penguins each day as part of a comprehensive welfare plan.

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Photo credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez
Video credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Sam Cejtin