Shedd Aquarium, Chicago
Chicago , Illinois
Tel: 312 939 2438
Concierge.com's insider take:
Encased in a handsome marble octagon overlooking the Lake, the Shedd is the world's largest indoor aquarium. If it's been a while since you've ogled aquatic life, you're in for a treat. Thanks to floor-to-ceiling viewing windows and high-tech advancements like roving underwater video cameras and a movie-theater–quality sound system, it's a much more engrossing experience than you may remember. Avoid weekends, when lines can be over an hour long, and try to catch one of the daily feedings (times vary; you'll have to ask), where you can watch divers feed nurse sharks, barracudas, and stingrays in the 90,000-gallon Caribbean Coral Reef. The newest signature exhibit is Wild Reef—Sharks at Shedd, which features over two dozen sharks and hundreds of other things you wouldn't want nibbling at your toes.
Open early September through late May Mondays through Fridays 9 am to 5 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 9 am to 6 pm; late May through early September daily 9 am to 6 pm. Late June through late August, Thursdays 9 am to 8 pm.