About The River

Friday, January 9, 2015

On the Road Friday ~ Shedd Aquarium ~ Chicago, Illinois

Welcome to On the Road Friday.
My On the Road Friday posts are of places we have visited. I like to give travel tips and fun ideas of places to visit if you are planning to do something new.

For my first On the Road Friday of 2015, we are traveling to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois.
My birthday was in December and my sister treated me to a trip to Chicago for the weekend of December 12 - 14th. It was a special trip, just the two of us, something we had not done since high school! She treated me to a full day at the Shedd Aquarium.
And now it is your turn. 
 Let's go look at some fish!

Here is the entrance to the Shedd Aquarium.
First a bit of history. 
Mr. Shedd’s gift
John G. Shedd wanted to give back to the city in which he had risen from stock boy to president of department store giant Marshall Field & Company. Because every great city in the United States and Europe had a fine aquarium, he decided that Chicago must have the biggest and best.
Mr. Shedd imagined a stately marble building and a collection of aquatic animals from around the world that would complement the two world-class institutions already in Grant Park, the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Immerse yourself. Shedd’s exhibits connect you to incredible animals from around the world — and close to home. Dive deep into coral reefs and flooded rainforests, and stroll along the craggy Pacific Northwest coast.
Whether it’s the fresh, cool Great Lakes or warm waves of the Caribbean, Shedd’s many exhibits reveal the secrets of our planet’s waters. 

The outside and the inside of the Shedd Aquarium is full of character. 
Just a bit of the character inside the building
 a neoclassical temple of white marble and terra cotta that celebrates aquatic life, from the marine fossils in its limestone floor to Neptune’s trident capping its glass dome.

 Beluga Whale

The photo above is the Abbott Oceanarium, this area is where the Aquatic Shows are held. The water you see outside is Lake Michigan. It is just a beautiful place. Then add a beluga whale and it is just an amazing sight. A very peaceful setting as well.
We got to see the Holiday Show. We saw beluga whales and dolphins do amazing tricks. We also enjoyed a sea lion and some beautiful holiday music.
Not your typical live animal show, Shedd's aquatic show features a rotating group of Shedd residents.
See and hear how animals like beluga whales, sea lions and dolphins at Shedd are cared for every day by their trainers. Then see how the Shedd way of training highlights their incredible natural behaviors.
Witness the beauty of aquatic life, feel the connection we all share with the living world and share the responsibility we all have to care for animal life on this planet.

 Granddad! He is in the photo below. 

Granddad was huge! He was eating some lettuce.

 I just loved this guy. Not sure about his pose. I think he is balancing on one flipper.

 This fella was swimming in the Caribbean Reef, which was one of my favorite places in the Aquarium. I went back to visit it three times.

And I think this ray's smile is a perfect way to wish you a Happy Friday!
I hope you enjoyed your trip to the Shedd Aquarium.
For more information, Click Here



  1. Happy Belated Birthday Carla. THow sweet of your sister to treat you like this. That was an interesting visit of an impressive aquarium.


  2. Wow - how fabulous, especially that setting with the Beluga whale. Sounds as though you and your sister had a fabulous weekend.

  3. That would be a fabulous place to go...so many unusual things to see! I'll put that on my list in case we ever travel there. Sweet hugs, Diane

  4. Hi Carla, that was a fun trip, I showed this to my hubby. Some of the fish are very unusual looking....what a treat it must have been to go there and see everything. Belated Happy Birthday! You are special!

  5. Fun pictures. What a fun way to spend your birthday. I've heard of this place but have never been there.

  6. Oh my word, Carla.. That was amazing... I haven't seen even a small turtle since I was a kid.. What a wonderful gift ,,, My birthday is in December, also.. Happy belated one. smile. xoox

  7. Wonderful way to spend your birthday! It looks like it was a really fun time :-)

  8. I don't know that I've ever been to the Shedd Aquarium. Looks like a fantastic place. I would love to visit sometime. And what a great place that would be to visit in the dead (and I mean dead cold dead) of winter!

  9. Wonderrful aquarium. Our biggest town in the county was going to build one and then the plans got changed. I was so hoping for it to come. It would have brought a lot of visitors to town. TFS Janice

  10. So much fun! That looks like a place we would really enjoy visiting as well. I love the last creature... I would just want to give it a hug!

  11. It's been quite a few years since I was last at the Shedd, but I remember it as being a fabulous place. A nice birthday gift from your sister, Carla. ~ Nancy


High Fives from Wisconsin!