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Shedd Aquarium

1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, 60605

Shedd Aquarium
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Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. Opened on May 30, 1930, the 5 million US gal aquarium was for some time the largest indoor facility in the world.
The aquarium contains 1,500 species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection.

Shedd Aquarium was the gift of retail leader John G. Shedd, a protégé of Marshall Field (benefactor of the adjacent Field Museum), to the city of Chicago. Although Shedd only lived long enough to see the architect's first drawings for the aquarium, his widow, Mary R. Shedd, cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony.

Shedd Aquarium is also notable for its architecture. The basic design is taken from classical Greek architecture, more specifically Beaux Arts, to match the other structures of the Museum Campus. The central aquarium building is octagonal, fronted by Doric columns and a formal staircase and topped by a dome. Aquatic motifs are worked in at every opportunity; tortoise shells, dolphins, octopuses, waves, and even the Trident of Poseidon can be found all over the aquarium's exterior and interior.

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