Olmec Head No 8
Staring out from the Field Museum's lawn, Olmec Head No 8 is a replica of one of many sculptures the Olmec people carved in Veracruz,...
Field Museum of Natural History
The mammoth Field Museum houses everything but the kitchen sink – beetles, mummies, gemstones, Bushman the stuffed ape. The collection's...
In the front median of the Adler Planetarium, the bronze Copernicus statue shows 16th-century Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus...
Da Bears, Chicago's NFL team, tackle at Soldier Field from September through January. Arrive early on game days and wander through the...
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Shedd Aquarium information
Top draws at the kiddie-mobbed Shedd Aquarium include the Wild Reef exhibit, where there's just 5in of Plexiglas between you and two-dozen fierce-looking sharks, and the Oceanarium, with its rescued sea otters. Note the Oceanarium also keeps beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins, a practice that has become increasingly controversial in recent years.
The Shedd Pass includes all of the aforementioned exhibits. There is also a little-advertised option to buy a 'general admission' ticket for $8 ($6 for children). This allows you to see the basic tanks of fish, turtles and eels, but no sharks, sea otters or other more exotic creatures.
Lines can be very long at the Shedd, especially in summer. Tickets purchased in advance online provide faster, priority entry, but they cost more (adult/child $40/31).