Shedd Aquarium

I hadn’t been to the Shedd Aquarium in a very long time, decades maybe.  It was really nice to go back. It is a beautiful building and I was way impressed with the up-to-dateness of the programs and exhibits offered.  We spent the perfect amount of time there. Nobody had a meltdown or an issue (oh, except me dry-heaving in the stinky bathroom) and it was the perfect way to spend the last day of 2011.

The Dolphin/Beluga Whale show was just down right funny.  The problem is you are seated in an arena that has a giant pool of water, over-looking Lake Michigan and your life experience immediately recalls Shamu.  Then the Beluga whales don’t leap and the dolphins are not that familiar blue-grey color, and all your expectations just lower and lower and lower.

I had to keep reminding myself I was at an aquarium, NOT Sea World.  What made it worse was the fact that we were still viewing the Holiday Fantasea show, which meant a Santa who arrived by air (in a boat) and had an hysterically frantic “Ho-Ho-Ho”…the singing trio (look, I would have TOTALLY done that job back in my Chicago days) was TRYING to make us Merry, but this was 4 days AFTER Christmas–the audience was COLLECTIVELY over it, and the penguins marched a whole of 20 feet–and that was it…not the most impressive display.

But, that Shedd Aquarium staff–they tried!  They even wore red and green wet suits.  Here’s a tip: The beluga’s are most stunning when viewed from BELOW.  Just skip the show and go downstairs and see them swim underwater, much better.


2 responses to “Shedd Aquarium

  1. Thanks for the tips! I’ve been thinking that I’ll taking my posse there when we’re in the area over spring break :)

  2. i’ve always thought that the brookfied zoo dolphin show is much superior-more showing off than educational. that’s the one i always suggest to people who are headed to visit the area. glad you had fun regardless! i miss chicago so much!

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