From the Hancock Tower we walked down Michigan Avenue, stopped at Eataly, ate lunch in Millennium Park and made our way over the Shedd Aquarium, a formidable walk.
When we got to the aquarium there was a huge line out the door. We would have turned back, but a sign pointing up the stairs led us to a CityPass entrance, with a much, much shorter line. We were inside and looking around in no time.
First off, the place was packed. I guess we should have realized that it would be crowded on a Saturday. People were everywhere, bumping into us and making it hard to enjoy some of the exhibits. But, once we went through a few rooms the masses started to thin out.
There was a lot to see. Just in the main area off the entrance (impressive architecture, btw), there were areas dedicated to reefs, rivers, lakes, and more. We saw the impressively huge fish that live out in Lake Michigan as well as the creepy lampreys. There was the Amazon river exhibit, with snakes, frogs, and giant arapaima. Downstairs in the Oceanarium they had a whole area with different types of jellyfish, some swimming, some that just sort of pulsated, and some they were so small they just were specks.
Past a small gift shop area an area designed like the West Coast was home to sea lions and beluga whales. And dolphins, apparently, but I didn’t see any of those. Downstairs from there, aside from underwater viewing areas, there were penguins and a touch a starfish tank. As we left we tried to go to the touch a stingray tank, but the line was long and slow and we had plans.
We never got a chance to check out the theater, which was included in our CityPass ticket, but after a few hours in the aquarium and with plans for the late afternoon, we left. Next time.