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Shedd Aquarium and Brookfield Zoo Nominated in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards

Voting Ends March 6

March 03, 2023

A girl and a dolphin look at each other through the glass in underwater viewing. The dolphin and the girl are about the same size.

Two of Chicago’s well-known cultural institutions—Shedd Aquarium and Brookfield Zoo—have been nominated for Best Aquarium and Best Zoo, respectively, in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2023, and they would love your vote!

A panel of experts and an editorial team selected the 20 nominees in each category and the public is able to vote for their favorites. However, time is running out. Voting, which began in early February, concludes on Monday, March 6, at 11:59 p.m. EST. To cast your vote, go to

Shedd Aquarium and Brookfield Zoo, which together attract nearly 4 million guests annually, are known for their conservation efforts both locally and around the globe, education programming, and diverse collection of animals from around the world, while also providing fun and engaging experiences for their guests year-round.

Shedd Aquarium, which opened in 1930, houses more than 32,000 creatures representing 1,500 species of fish and mammals. Through its popular exhibits, including Abbott Oceanarium, Wild Reef, At Home on the Great Lakes, Caribbean Reef, and Polar Play Zone, the Aquarium provides unforgettable encounters while fulfilling its mission of sparking compassion, curiosity, and conservation for the aquatic animal world.

Opened in 1934, Brookfield Zoo has a mission of inspiring conservation leadership by connecting people to wildlife and nature. With more than 2,400 mammals, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, and amphibians, representing some 500 species, guests of all ages can discover and learn about these amazing creatures while strengthening their connection to nature.

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Photo Credit: ©Shedd Aquarium